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North Las Vegas tops list of fastest-growing U.S. cities

Census population data shows rise of 'burbs, border states

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North Las Vegas, Nev., was the fastest-growing city in the U.S. from July 1, 2005, to July 1, 2006, among cities with a population of 100,000 or more, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released this week. The city of North Las Vegas grew 11.9 percent, from a population of 176,527 in July 2005 to 197,567 in July 2006, according to the report. McKinney, Texas, was next on the list with 11.1 percent growth, followed by Port St. Lucie, Fla., with 9.9 percent growth; Cape Coral, Fla., 8.1 percent; Gilbert, Ariz., 7.8 percent; Grand Prairie, Texas, 6.6 percent; Peoria, Ariz., 5.8 percent; Cary, N.C., 5.1 percent; Denton, Texas, 5.1 percent; and Lancaster, Calif., at 5 percent. Phoenix, with an estimated population of 1.5 million as of July 1, 2006, became the nation's fifth most populous city, according to U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released this week, passing Philadelphia on the list. This is "the latest evidence of a decades-long population shift," the Census Bureau reporte...