Raleigh and its suburb Cary combined for the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the U.S. last year, the Census Bureau reported last week.

Raleigh-Cary grew 4.3%, adding 44,804 residents between July 2007 and July 2008 for a total population of 1.1 million. Raleigh-Cary’s rapid growth dwarfed the second-place region, Austin-Round Rock, Tex., which grew 3.8%.

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