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Christian County is the fastest growing county in Missouri, according to new census data. KSMU’s Chasity Mayes has more.
In 10 years time, Christian County has seen an increase in its population by 43 percent according to the US Census Bureau. In the 2010 census, the county’s population was nearing 78,000.
Steve Childers is the city administrator for Ozark, which is located in Christian County. He’s not surprised that people are attracted to the area.
“I think the Midwest is just attractive. When you look at it on a larger scale I think when you look at some of the other states, you know, the coastal states and some of the populated areas I think you’re finding people feel like property taxes are very high, real estate is very high in other areas, maybe crime, maybe transportation congestion all of those things are pushing people back to areas like ours,” says Childers.
Childers also says that growth is a good thing for any community, but it’s important to be prepared for the increase. The city of Ozark has already updated its plans to include the growing population. He says everything from planning and zoning to the availability of clean water must be considered.
For KSMU News, I’m Chasity Mayes.