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St. Croix County's population jumps over 23%

Once again St. Croix County leads the state in growth percentage according to the annual population estimates released Thursday by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

The January 2006 population estimates show that St. Croix County's population has jumped 23.5 percent since 2000, adding14,873 new residents.

Two other counties in the region also made the top five in the state in percentage of growth.

Polk County was number five and saw a jump of over 9 percent and at number four was Chippewa County with an increase over 10 percent. The two other counties in the top five were Calumet in second and Juneau at number three.

In total numbers Dane County saw the largest growth gaining 37,898 residents. St. Croix was fourth, behind Waukesha and Brown counties.

Meanwhile Pierce County's population jumped by 8.15 percent - up 3,001 residents. Pepin County increased by 541 residents or 5.84 percent. Polk County was up 3,820 residents or 9.25 percent.

Overall, Wisconsin has added 253,285 residents. The report did not provide any demographic information.

The largest growth in the western Wisconsin region was eastward along I-94.

The City of Hudson's population jumped 33.33 percent, Roberts is up over 52 percent, Hammond increased by 73 percent, Baldwin grew by almost 32 percent and Woodville was up 18.5 percent.

Growth can also be seen moving north along the St. Croix River.

Somerset's population exploded by 44.6 percent and Osceola was up over 10 percent.

Other communities in the region also saw significant growth such as New Richmond which had an increase of more than 1,500 residents with an estimated population of 7,858.

River Falls posted a gain of just under 9 percent, while Prescott grew by 7.3 percent.

However, the fastest growing communities in the region was the Town of Stockholm in Pepin County. There the population jumped 133 percent going from just 75 residents in 2000 to 175 in January.

Other communities in the region are seeing their populations continue to fall. Both Elmwood in far eastern Pierce County and Durand in Pepin County have seen their populations drop.

According to the figures the fastest growing cities in the state are Madison, Sun Prairie, Kenosha, Franklin and Eau Claire.

The full DOA population report is available online at