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Housing growth soars in Georgia, Florida

Census Bureau reports top U.S. counties for new construction

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Georgia is home to four of the 10 counties with the highest rate of growth in the number of housing units, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday. Next, with three counties among the group, is neighboring Florida. The estimates cover the July 1, 2003 to July 1, 2004 period and show the four Georgia counties to be Henry (ranking fourth), Newton (fifth), Paulding (ninth) and Fannin (10th). Henry, Newton and Paulding counties are located in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta metropolitan area. Fannin is situated along the border with Tennessee and North Carolina. The county that ranked first on this list was Flagler, Fla., where the number of housing units increased 13.9 percent. The two other counties in Florida that made the top 10 were St. Lucie, ranked seventh, and Sumter, eighth. Rounding out the top 10 were Madison, Idaho (second); Loudoun, Va. (third); and Pinal, Ariz. (sixth). The United States had an estimated 122.7 million housing units as of July 1, 2...