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Southaven Tops 50,000 Residents Mark

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) – A fast-growing city in north Mississippi has reached a population milestone.

The Census Bureau says Thursday that Southaven was one of nine U.S. cities whose population went above 50,000 between 2011 and 2012.

Four of the cities are in the South, four are in the West and one is in the Northeast.

Those in the South are Harrisonburg, Va. (50,981); Bradenton, Fla. (50,672); Southaven, Miss. (50,374); and San Marcos, Texas (50,001).

Those in the West are Lehi, Utah (51,173); Kirkland, Wash. (50,697); Gilroy, Calif. (50,660); and Palm Desert, Calif. (50,013).

The one in the Northeast is Plainfield, N.J. (50,244).

Two cities dropped below the 50,000 mark from 2011 to 2012. They are Troy, N.Y. (49,946) and Joplin, Mo. (49,526). Joplin was struck by a strong tornado in May 2011.