Article in 7/16/08 The Herald
By Solja Nygard Frangos, Online Editor
Johnston County towns continued their growth last year, according to the latest U.S. Census Bureau estimate. At the same time, the entire county’s population grew by 6,440 to 157,437.
All 10 towns in Johnston experienced growth between mid-2006 and mid-2007, according to the Census Bureau estimates, released July 10. Clayton led the pack with a 7.9-percent surge, from 13,845 residents to 14,948. Smithfield grew by 2.9 percent, from 12,196 people to 12,544, and Selma by 1.8 percent, from 6,702 residents to 6,820.
The county’s smaller towns, such as Kenly and Four Oaks, had similar growth rates. Kenly’s population grew by 2.5 percent, from 1,854 to 1,901, while the number of folks in Four Oaks grew 2.4 percent, from 1,821 to 1,864.
The whole county’s population grew by 4.3 percent, according to the estimates. Johnston was the fifth-fastest growing county in the state.
Clayton was the eighth-fastest growing town in North Carolina, trumping such cities as Cary, which grew by 7.3 percent. More