Faulkner County has been named one of the 100 fastest growing counties in the nation, according to information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The county ranks 73rd among more than 2,500 counties with more than 10,000 residents. Faulkner County’s 2010 population was 113,237, according to census data.

From 2010 to 2011, Faulkner County added more than 3,000 residents, representing a 2.7 percent growth rate.

County Judge Preston Scroggin said that while growth is "nothing new" to Faulkner County, growth during tough economic times "is something to celebrate."

"Nationwide, people are struggling," Scroggin said. "We’re extraordinarily blessed to live in a place that people around the country see as attractive. Thankfully we’ve still got the economic opportunities and quality of life to draw people to Faulkner County."

Scroggin credited the county’s education systems, growing economy and new role as a Central Arkansas "destination" as the driving forces behind the growth.

"People are finding everything they need here," he said. "We’re building infrastructure that connects us regionally. We’re a destination for employment, health care, shopping and making a home."

Benton County was the only other county in Arkansas to make the list at No. 70 with a 2.8 percent growth rate.