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MJ fourth fastest growing city in Mid-state

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Mt. Juliet recorded a growth rate of 3.97 percent and a population of 26,870. Thats up from the 2010 Census figure of 23,671.

Lebanon had a growth rate of less than 2 percent, at 1.81 percent, and a population of 27,710, an increase from the 2010 Census figure of 26,190.

Lebanon continues to outpace Mt. Juliet in monthly local sales tax receipts, but both cities are combining to make Wilson County one of the fastest growing counties in Tennessee and the South.

Housing numbers continue to bear this out as well. The most recent figures from the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors, or EMTAR, noted that there were more homes sold in April in Wilson County 62 more than at the same time in 2012, and up 83 from 2011.

For one of the first times in a long time, Lebanon out-sold Mt. Juliet in number of home sales, said Amy Hamilton, public relations chair for EMTAR, in an article published in the May 15 edition of The Wilson Post.

There were 94 homes sold in Lebanon in April with 78 homes sold in Mt. Juliet that month, she noted. The median price for new construction for a home in Lebanon was $227,785 and in Mt. Juliet was $279,065.

Watertown had nine sales, and Old Hickory had 15.

Of course, with growth comes the need to provide and maintain utilities, roads and schools, and elected officials continue to grapple with how best to offer those services and keep the tax rates low. Most, if not all, city and county officials are presently working on their budget proposals for fiscal year 2013-2014.

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