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New estimates from the Census Bureau show that Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson County all saw population increases from July 2012 to July 2013. Economic experts explain growth is something everyone should be excited about.

"The more people you have, the more money being spent, the more money you have spent the more jobs you have," says Rob Carey, a director at the Strom Thurmond Institute at Clemson University.

Greenville County had the most growth in the Upstate. The County grew by 1.5% with 7,494 people moving to the county. Spartanburg County came in second with 0.8% growth, 2,386 people moved there. Anderson County came in third with 0.6% growth, 1,284 moved to the county.

Carey says jobs fuel the growth.

"In economics we look at it like gravity," Carey says.

Greenwood, Abbeville and Laurens County all say slight decreases in population. Colgate Palmolive's planned plant in Greenwood County and their promise to hire 300 people could help reverse that trend, Carey says.

When people are looking for places to live, they're also looking for amenities, Carey adds.

"People are attracted to living in a place that has more restaurants more activities," Carey says.

That means plans to turn an empty parking lot into a dog park in Anderson City could help bring more people and their money to Anderson County. That would add to the County's tax revenues giving them more money to pour back into the community.

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Kate Valentine
Kate is a general assignment reporter covering Anderson, Greenwood, Abbeville and Oconee Counties.
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