UPDATED 6:30 PM (WBKO) -- The fastest growing county in south central Kentucky isn't Warren County, that title goes to it's neighbor in the south. A recent projection from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that Simpson County is the sixth fastest growing county in the entire state.
"It's a pleasant surprise. In the 2000 and the 2010 census information, while we had seen a lot of growth in jobs and economic development, we hadn't had as much growth in population," said Simpson County Judge/Executive, Jim Henderson.
The number one employer in the county is Franklin Precision Industry. It's no coincidence that a manufacturing plant is the number one employer in the county. Officials have put an emphasis in the past and say it has a big affect on their population growth.
"For years, industry used to locate here on one part of town and then on to the other. Now we're trying to do more concentration to protect them and to protect neighborhoods. You know, have a more planned growth," said Franklin-Simpson County Industrial Authority Executive Director, Dennis Griffin.
Officials said more people who work at the factories are choosing to live in the county, rather than driving from an adjacent one everyday. However, the rural nature of the area remaining intact is another big reason officials say more people are choosing to live there.
"Just north of Nashville and just south of Bowling Green. A lot of people want to be near those larger areas where there's an opportunity to shop and do things that they maybe can't do in a small town. They'd rather live in an area that's a small town environment," added Judge Henderson.
The interstate may play another big part in the growth. Of the top 10 growing counties in the state, 8 are on the interstate.
FRANKLIN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Projections from the U.S. Census Bureau said Simpson County is one of the fastest growing counties in Kentucky.
The projection is based on population numbers compared from the years 2012 and 2013.
Simpson County is ranked Sixth on the list of fastest growing counties. Warren County came in ranked at Eighth. Those counties were the furthest west on the list.
Scott County came in as the fastest growing county with a 2% population growth.
Oldham County is the state's second fastest growing territory.