New population estimates based on the U.S. Census released Thursday show Nebraska's most-populated counties continue to grow at a fast pace.
The University of Nebraska Omaha's David Drozd says the data shows the fastest growing Nebraska counties between April 2010 and last July were the state's five biggest counties. Sarpy County led all counties with at least 1,000 residents with 6.6 percent population growth. Lancaster County ranked second with 4.1 percent growth. Douglas County and Buffalo County both recorded 3.9 percent growth. Hall County ranked fifth with 3.6 percent population growth.
The Census estimates also show that 31 of Nebraska's 93 counties added population between 2010 and 2013.
Dallas County again led Iowa in population growth. The suburban Des Moines county grew to more than 74,600 residents by July 1st last year, an increase of 3.5 percent over the preceding 12 months. The county population has jumped nearly 13 percent since the 2010 U.S. Census.
Eight of Iowa's nine metropolitan areas had population increases in the latest estimates while rural counties had population declines. The bureau estimates that Iowa's population in 2013 was nearly 3.1 million.