Towns all over the country grew during this decade as retirees and others sought attractive and uncrowded places to live and vacation.

Early U.S. Census Bureau projections identify these towns as America's fastest growing between 2000 and 2010. Some of them are distant suburbs of large cities, but others are in sparsely populated rural areas where new residents enjoy pastoral beauty.

Economists expect growth to slow in the next decade as people stay closer to jobs and because they can't sell their homes. Meanwhile, here are the top-10 towns that enjoyed the most growth in the last decade:

1. Flagler County, Fla.
2. Kendall County, Ill.
3. Rockwall County, Texas
4. Pinal County, Ariz.
5. Sumter County, Fla.
6. Forest County, Pa.
7. Forsyth County, Ga.
8. St. John's County, Fla.
9. Lake County, Fla.
10. Lyon County, Nev.