Census: Charleston area is 8th-fastest growing in U.S.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - If you think the Lowcountry is growing and traffic is getting worse, you are correct.

The Charleston metro area is now the eighth-fastest growing region in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The bureau says from April 2010 to July 2011, the Charleston - North Charleston - Summerville area grew by more than 17,000 people. The bureau cited the good weather, relatively affordable housing, and job opportunities.

Meanwhile, the Myrtle Beach - Conway area came in right behind the Charleston area as the ninth-fastest growing metro area. It's population grew by 17,000 during the same timeframe.

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