Recently, detailed Census population estimates were released for Missouri counties. It is important to note that these are estimates; the 2010 decennial census will have an actual count. The new figures allow an estimation of growth between 2000 and 2008. (It is pleasant to note that this yearly statistical release happened about three months earlier than usual!)
The results for the Springfield metro show an 11.0% population increase for Greene; 39.0% for Christian; 7.8% for Dallas; 12.6% for Polk; and 17.5% for Webster. The population increase for the five-county metro as a whole was 15.7%. Greene County's growth, steady but not spectacular, allowed it to increase its share of the metro from 53.2% (2000) to 59.6% (2008).
The two-county Branson micropolitan area's population increase over the same period was 14.9% Stone County's increase was 10.1%, while Taney County's increase was 18.4%. Taney County's share of the micropolitan area remained relatively unchanged at 59.9% (compared to 58.1% in 2000).
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