KAUFMAN COUNTY, Texas — For the past several years, Kaufman County has had one of the top spots in the State of Texas for growth.

U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released this morning now ranks Kaufman County as the 3rd in the nation for the greatest percentage growth between 2017 and 2018. The data compiled includes counties with greater than or equal to 20,000 people in the 2017 and 2018.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Kaufman County had 103,363 people in 2010, the estimate's base. In 2017, Kaufman County was estimated to have 122,845 people and, in 2018, was estimated to have 128,622 people, a 4.7-percent growth.

Williams County in North Dakota took the top spot for percentage growth at 5.9 percent and another Texas county, Comal County, took the 2nd place spot at 5.4 percent. Two other Texas counties took Top 10 spots in the percentage growth category — Midland County at 6th with 4.3 percent and Hood County took 9th with 4 percent.

Four Texas counties took spots for greatest numeric growth — Harris County at 3rd, Collin County at 4th, Tarrant County at 8th, and Bexar County at 9th. Harris County is the 3rd most populous county in the country and Dallas County is the 7th.

By metropolitan area, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro area had the largest numeric growth among metropolitan areas with a gain of 131,767, or 1.8 percent, in 2018. The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona metropolitan area took second with an increase of 96,268, or 2 percent.

The statistics released today provide population estimates, rankings and components of change for the nation’s 390 metropolitan statistical areas, 555 micropolitan statistical areas, and 3,142 counties, as well as population estimates and rankings for Puerto Rico’s 78 municipios. For more U.S. Census Bereau estimate data and information, click here.