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State and Nation

May 23, 2013

Auburn among fastest-growing U.S. cities

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A new Census report shows Auburn is among the fastest growing cities in the country with more than 50,000 people.

The estimate released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows Auburn ranked 14th in growth between July 2011 and July 2012, with 3.71 percent. The report estimated Auburn's population at 56,908.

The home of Auburn University has added several major industries in recent years, including a GE Aviation plant that opened last month.

Another university town was 15th on the list. Manhattan, Kan., had 3.71 percent growth and 56,069 people.

Eight Texas cities made the top 15 with San Marcos, located between San Antonio and Austin, topping the list with a 4.91 percent increase.

Analysts caution against drawing too many conclusions from a year-to-year population estimates.

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