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WESTERN COUNTIES LEAD UNITED STATES IN RECENT POPULATION GROWTH

 ITHACA, N.Y., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans are still settling out west. Between 1990 and 1992, the largest rate of population growth occurred in California counties and other Western counties, according to annual demographic updates from Claritas/NPDC.
 Likely reasons for the population growth in the region include a search for opportunity, jobs and a milder climate as well as a migration of Hispanics and Asians to the area.
 Five-year projections from the firm indicate that the population growth trend in the West should continue through 1997.
 The top 10 counties, by population increase from 1990 to 1992, are:
 Pop. Pct.
 Increase Change
 Rank State County Pop '90 Pop '92 '90-'92 '90-'92
 1. Calif. Los
 Angeles 8,863,164 9,107,519 244,355 2.8
 2. Calif. San Diego 2,498,016 2,616,354 118,338 4.7
 3. Ariz. Maricopa 2,122,101 2,224,211 102,110 4.8
 4. Calif. San
 Bernardino 1,418,380 1,518,632 100,252 7.1
 5. Calif. Riverside 1,170,413 1,269,004 98,591 8.4
 6. Calif. Orange 2,410,556 2,496,358 85,802 3.6
 7. Texas Harris 2,818,199 2,898,604 80,405 2.9
 8. Nevada Clark 741,459 821,074 79,615 10.7
 9. Wash. King 1,507,319 1,578,218 70,899 4.7
 10. Texas Tarrant 1,170,103 1,235,161 65,058 5.6
 Claritas/NPDC bases its annual demographic update on analysis of data from more than 1,200 local, state and federal government sources as well as private sources. The firm provides marketing information and software to General Motors, JC Penney and more than 3,000 other firms throughout the United States. Claritas/NPDC is a subsidiary of New York-based VNU Business Information Services.
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