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Cumberland County was knocked off its perch as the state’s fastest-growing county last year, but people are still coming to the area in droves.

The county's population grew 0.9 percent to 251,423 between July 2017 and July 2018, good for second-fastest in the state, according to recently released census estimates. All of the counties bordering Cumberland County also saw at least minimal growth last year.

Cumberland County has frequently been named Pennsylvania’s fastest-growing county. This year, though, it was overtaken by Lebanon County, which grew 1.3 percent.

Cumberland County still beats Lebanon County — and everyone else — for population growth throughout the decade. It’s grown 6.8 percent since 2010.

The county isn’t exactly facing stiff competition in stagnating Pennsylvania. The state’s population has inched upward by 0.8 percent since 2010, but almost all of that growth is in the southeast and south-central parts of the state. A majority of the state’s 67 counties actually became less populous last year than the year before.

That’s typical for the northeast United States, which is bleeding population as people move south and west, particularly to Texas. Comal County, Texas in the San Antonio suburbs grew 5.4 percent last year, and three other Texas counties were in the top 10 nationwide with increases over 4 percent.

Any growth at all stands out in the northeast United States, which has mostly lost people in the past decade except in the New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Baltimore-Washington metropolitan areas.

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Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at dwalmer@cumberlink.com or by phone at 717-218-0021.

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