St. George is fastest-growing metro area in the U.S.

The St. George metro area is the fastest-growing in the U.S., according to new estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

There were an estimated 165,662 people in 2017 in the designated metro area, which includes most of Washington County, up 4 percent from 2016, according to estimates released. 

The news may come as little surprise to residents used to traversing the constant road construction; looking up at new homes, new stores and other construction projects; and watching as housing developments expand away from the city centers and into the surrounding desert.