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Forbes lists Sevierville in top ten 'Fastest Growing Small Towns'

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The Tennessean

Dolly Parton's hometown, Sevierville is the eighth oldest town in Tennessee--and one of its fastest growing. From 2006 to 2009, the population grew from 81,382 to 86,243, a rate of 6%.

The magazine Forbes lists it as the tenth fastest growing small cities in the United States.

Another Tennessee town, Columbia, made the list coming in at number seven.

#1: Fairbanks, Alaska

The population of Fairbanks grew nearly 14% since 2006 and now has 98,660 people.

#2: The Villages, Florida

The Villages in Florida is an active adult retirement community in central Florida which has saw its population grow 13% in three years. By the end of 2009, nearly 78,000 people lived at The Villages in Central Florida.

#3: Bozeman, Montana

Home to Montana State University, Bozeman's population grew 10.5% from 2006 (81,763) to 2009 (90,343).

#4: Palm Coast, Florida

Despite the crashing real estate market in Florida, the crashing waves of Palm Coast are still a draw. The Atlantic Ocean beach community (the closest beach from anywhere on Interstate 95) grew more than 10% from 2006 to 2009. Its population is now 91,622.

#5: Ames, Iowa

Home to Iowa State, the population of Ames, Iowa grew nearly 9% between 2006 and 2009 and is now approaching 90,000.

#6: Stillwater, Oklahoma

Another university town, Stillwater is home to Oklahoma State. The population of this city, located halfway between Tulsa and Oklahoma City has grown 85 since 2006.

#7: Columbia, Tennessee

Located less than an hour south of Nashville, Columbia is the Maury County seat. Its population at the end of 2009 was 84,302, up 7.7% from 2006.

#8: Moses Lake, Washington

Located in the middle of Washington State, Moses Lake dubs itself as "Washington's Great Escape." Plenty of people have discovered this haven for outdoor recreation, with the population growing 6.6% since 2006

#9: Grand Island, Nebraska

Sitting in the center of the state north of Interstate 80, Grand Island was the 9th fastest growing small city in America between 2006 and 2009. With a 6.3% growth rate during that time, the city is now home to 72,302 people.

#10 Sevierville, Tenneessee

Dolly Parton's hometown, Sevierville is the eighth oldest town in Tennessee--and one of its fastest growing. From 2006 to 2009, the population grew from 81,382 to 86,243, a rate of 6%.

See the full Forbes list of the fastest-growing small cities in America

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