At a time when most counties in Illinois and Iowa are seeing their populations shrink, Scott County seems to be a major exception.
In fact, it gained more than 1,600 people between 2011 and 2012, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. census bureau.
That means Scott County saw one of the biggest population increases in the state and that's good news for the county and its residents.
A larger population creates a larger tax base, to keep property taxes lower and it's a very strong indicator of a growing, thriving economy.
"I think a lot of our growth has come because we are the heart of a very strong agricultural economy and we've been doing really well in the manufacturing sector," Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce CEO Tara Barney said. "So we've had extraordinary growth in manufacturing over the last couple of years, and there's a high alignment there."
County officials say population growth, even at a modest rate, creates a positive cycle.
More people come to work here and spend their money, in turn creating more jobs and on and on.