From 2010 to 2011, the Charleston area was the nation's eighth fastest-growing metropolitan community, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville metropolitan statistical area, which includes Mount Pleasant and Goose Creek and other communities, saw a 2.6 percent increase in its estimated population, figures reflect.
The numbers translate to roughly 17,000 more residents. The figures provided no speculation on what's fueling the growth, though the recent addition of the Boeing manufacturing facility, affordable housing and good weather all likely contribute.
Of the Top 10 fastest growing metros, seven are located in the South and the rest are located in the West and three were home to U.S. military installations.The 10 Fastest Growing Metro Areas from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011 Percent
Increase 1. Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Wash. 4.3 2. Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas 3.9 3. Hinesville-Fort Stewart, Ga. 3.4 4. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas 3.0 5. Raleigh-Cary, N.C. 2.9 6. Warner Robins, Ga. 2.9 7. Provo-Orem, Utah 2.7 8. Charleston-North Charleston-Summerville, S.C. 2.6 9. Myrtle Beach-North Myrtle Beach-Conway, S.C. 2.6 10. Yuma, Ariz. 2.6