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Clark County population tops 2 million, new census report estimates

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Clark County’s population grew by an estimated 30,209 people, a modest 1.5 percent rate in the year ending July 1, 2013, but enough to push the county past 2 million residents, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today.

With the influx, Clark County now has an estimated 2,027,868 residents, the Census Bureau said.

Today’s estimates leave Clark County as the nation’s 15th most populous county, ahead of No. 16 Tarrant County (Fort Worth), Texas, but behind No. 14 King County (Seattle), Wash.

Los Angeles County, Calif., is the nation's most populous with nearly 10.2 million residents. It is followed by Cook County, Ill. (Chicago), 5,240,700 residents; Harris County, Texas (Houston), 4,336,853; Maricopa County, Ariz. (Phoenix), 4,009,412; and San Diego County, Calif., 3,211,252.

Among the nation’s metropolitan areas, Houston registered the largest numeric increase between 2012 and 2013, adding about 138,000 people.

New York continued to be the most populous metro area, with 19.9 million residents, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.

The fastest-growing county in Nevada during the year ending July 1, 2013, was Esmeralda County, with a 9 percent population rise.

Esmeralda County was followed by Eureka County 3.6 percent, Elko County 2.8 percent, Lander County 2.1 percent and Humboldt County 1.7 percent.

Numerically, Clark County added the most residents during the period, followed by Washoe County, which grew by 4,652 people; Elko County, 1,430, Lyon County, 293; and Humboldt, 289.

With its more than 2 million residents, Clark County remained Nevada’s most populous county, followed by Washoe County at 433,731 residents and Carson City, 54,080.

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