The sea of new housing developments in Berkeley County has placed the area in the Top 100 fastest-growing counties in the U.S., according to a new report by the Census Bureau.

The federal agency estimated 75,846 homes were in the county as of July, a gain of 2,472 from April 2010, or 3.4 percent more.

The county has witnessed a surge in new home growth with large-scale developments such as Cane Bay and Carnes Crossroads.

Berkeley was ranked 95th in the Census report and one of only two South Carolina counties to make the list. Jasper County was ranked 98th. It gained 344 homes, or 3.3 percent more than the 10,299 homes in 2010.

At the top of the list was Williams County, N.D., which was estimated to have a 40.2 percent growth rate fueled by the energy boom in that area.

Gearing up

Construction of the Sweetwater planned community on the Berkeley County side of Charleston is expected to start this fall, officials said.

Sullivan's Island-based Kassinger Development Group announced it has hired a team for managing the development and marketing of the 46-acre community at the former Rebellion Farms estate off Clements Ferry Road in the Wando area.

"The expansion of the team is crucial to resource and scale our business to support the Sweetwater project and beyond," said Wade H. Thompson, a partner with Kassinger Development.