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Christian County tied for the title of fastest-growing county in the state of Missouri between July 2013 and July 2014, according to population estimates released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The county, whose seat is Ozark, added 1,298 residents during the period, bringing its population to 82,101. That made for an increase of 1.6 percent, a rate matched only by Platte County, which is located north of Kansas City.

Christian County remained the 14th-largest county in the state by population.

Results were mixed for other area counties::

Taney County, whose seat is Forsyth, added 722 residents to bring its total to 54,230 — an increase of 1.3 percent.

Webster County, whose seat is Marshfield, added 386 residents to bring its total to 36,888 — an increase of 1.1 percent.

Greene County, whose seat is Springfield, added 1,895 residents to bring its total to 285,865 — an increase of 0.7 percent. It remained Missouri's 5th-largest county.

Polk County, whose seat is Bolivar, lost 19 residents to bring its total to 31,054 — a decrease of 0.1 percent.

Dallas County, whose seat is Buffalo, lost 115 residents to bring its total to 16,389 — a decrease of 0.7 percent.

Stone County, whose seat is Galena, lost 247 residents to bring its total to 31,104 — a decrease of 0.8 percent.

All told, Missouri added an estimated 18,672 residents between July 2013 and July 2014 to bring its total to 6,063,589, an increase of 0.3 percent.

Knox County — located in the northeast portion of the state — saw the largest percent decline in population during the period. The county, whose seat is Edina, lost 70 residents to bring its total to 4,000 — a decrease of 1.7 percent. Knox is Missouri's second smallest county by population; the state has 114 counties and one independent city, St. Louis.

Missouri's county-by-county breakdown can be viewed on the Census website at http://sgfnow.co/1CU4ddf.

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