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As the weeks go by, the Census Bureau continues the time release of tantalizing tid-bits about its 2000 count. The macro statistics are worth noting:
* The U.S. population now stands at 281.4 million.
* The top 10 metro markets or CMSAs (Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area) are in descending order: New York (21.2 million), Los Angeles (16.4 million), Chicago (9.2 million), Washington D.C./Baltimore (7.6 million), San Francisco (7.0 million), Philadelphia (6.2 million), Boston (5.8 million), Detroit (5.5 million), Dallas/Fort Worth (5.2 million) and Houston (4.7 million).
* Fastest growing markets in the past decade: West Palm Beach (up 7.79 percent), Raleigh-Durham/Chapel Hill (up 7.45 …