As of July, 53,119 people lived in the Danville area, a nearly 16 percent increase from the 45,686 residents reported in the 1990 Census.
Other Kentucky communities experienced even higher rates of growth between 1990 and 2012, according to a reporter’s analysis of Census statistics.
- The Lexington-Fayette area has grown by 136,595 residents or nearly 39 percent. The most recent population was 485,023.
- The Richmond-Berea area has 101,792 residents, which is a nearly 41 percent increase in population.
- The Somerset area had a recent population of 63,593, a growth rate of nearly 29 percent or 14,104 residents.
- The Frankfort area recently reported 71,532 residents; this figure represents a nearly 23 percent increase.
Federal officials annually publish a list of the highest rates of growth nationwide. Only one part of Kentucky, Clarksville, made the Census’ ranking list of the 50 fastest-growing communities. Clarksville population statistics also include a portion of Tennessee; the community was ranked the second fastest-growing area in the entire country.