CENSUS: McKinney ranks as 9th fastest-growing US city

Austin had the 12th largest population increase between 2016 and 2017 adding 12,515 people

Half of the 14 fastest-growing cities in America past year were in Texas, and most of the other quickly expanding communities were scattered elsewhere in the south and the west, as booming municipalities added thousands - or tens of thousands - of new residents.

The Census Bureau, in a news release, said that "eight of the 15 cities or towns with the largest population gains were located in the South in 2017, with three of the top five in Texas".

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

Meanwhile, Texas suburbs once again topped the list of fastest-growing cities in the nation, according to population estimates released Thursday by the Census Bureau.

"While the loss is minor from the standpoint of the city's total population, consistent population decline is a clear sign that the city is deficient in areas that typically attract and retain residents, investments and other products of healthy economic factors", said Alden Loury, director of research at the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Chicago's population stood at an estimated 2,716,450 as of July 1 previous year, compared with 2,720,275 the same day in 2016.

As is often the case, the farther out we get from the last true head count - the April 1, 2010 Census - the more the PSU and Census Bureau estimates diverge. L.A., by the way, was the nation's No. 2 city for overall population behind New York City.


Austin had the 12th largest population increase, adding 12,515 people between 2016 and 2017. For the seven-year period, they all show an upward trend, except for Belle Fourche, which is estimated to have dropped from 5,594 to 5,553, which is a decrease 0.77 percent.

On the list of cities with the most population increases, San Antonio took the No. 1 spot.

While working on the city's urban growth boundary expansion in 2016, the city used the population data to predict 115,063 residents by 2028.

Census figures show Jacksonville has grown by 68,000 residents. Fort Worth passed Indianapolis to become the 15th largest city in the nation. And the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey could affect its population in coming years, said William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

The last time a Texas city had the largest population surge was in 2006, when Houston - a major destination for Katrina evacuees - added about 43,000 people. Other Central Oregon cities also grew larger in the Census Bureau's eyes than PSU's, and that's fairly common over the years.

Texas also was high on these city growth charts.

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