Latest Census Data Show Major Growth In Texas

Elias Hubbard
May 24, 2018

You've probably heard some fed-up folks grumbling about leaving the city - and now some businesses, too, in the fallout from our controversial new head tax on large companies. You might not have long to wait - and if you've lived in the area for long, you might not be all that surprised to learn that milestone is just around the corner.

Flower Mound is one of the fastest-growing places in the country, according to a Census Bureau news release on Thursday.

Phoenix grew by 24,036 residents between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, the report said.

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said North Texas' business-friendly environment has played a role in the growth.

What's certain is that Chicago and the state have seen its population fall in recent years, and though it's been a trickle, experts are trying to figure out why. New Braunfels - located between San Antonio and Austin - ranked as the country's second-fastest-growing city.

The city is still blowing away the suburbs when it comes to growth. Last year, Seattle once again grew faster than surrounding King County, something it's done every year since 2011.

Population trends for the past couple of years prompted some experts to question whether Houston could unseat Chicago as the third-largest USA city. The growth rate of 0.8 percent from 2016 to 2017 was slower than the 1.4 percent a decade ago between 2006 and 2007. The cities with the largest increase between July 2016 and July 2017 include San Antonio, Dallas and Forth Worth - while the top five fastest growing cities include three Texas names as well.

Seattle's rate of growth past year - impressive as it was - represents a slight slowdown from 2016, when city registered a record 3.1 percent increase.

Also note the Census population are estimates, and the margin of error increases as community size decreases.

The next most populous cities in Florida were Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. Phoenix, for instance, saw a population increase of 1 percent, or 24,036. And for the first time this decade, Portland's population increased by less than one percent.

"The population growth has been consistent for the past few years for Maricopa County, and that's largely because of gains from net domestic migration as well as natural increase, meaning more births than deaths, and net worldwide migration", she said. In 2012, the only major city with negative growth was Detroit. But previous year, eight of the 50 largest cities shrank, with Baltimore registering the biggest decline. As it turns out, 2017 was another banner year. See you back here next year.

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