San Antonio tops national list in population gain; Houston growth is sluggish


Redmond's population estimate topped 30,000, reaching 30,011 by last July, while Prineville crossed the 10,000-resident threshold, with an estimate of 10,055.

For now Chicago keeps its rank as the third-most-populous city with 2.7 million residents, compared with No. 4 Houston with 2.3 million, census figures show.

Nationally, eight of the 15 cities with the largest gains were in the South, and three of the top five were in Texas.

Dallas and Fort Worth had among the largest population gains past year.

While the main focus of this release has been on the 3.9 percent of cities with populations of 50,000 or more, the United States is a nation of small towns.

Akron city officials have discussed plans to encourage growth in the city, implementing a goal to bring back the city's population to 250,000 by the year 2050.

For the first time this decade, the city of Austin has had its lowest year-to-year growth.

Ten of the 15 fastest-growing large cities were located in the South, with seven in Texas.

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Elsewhere in the state, Grand Rapids grew more 1% from 2016 to 2017, as did Lansing.

The Tulsa World reports that recent census estimates show Oklahoma City grew by 0.7 percent to more than 643,600 residents during the year-period ending July 1.

Frisco, north of Dallas, had a net gain of 13,470 residents.

Another trend emerging in the census data: An increasing number of big USA cities have lost population over the last few years. Federal Way was the only city to lose population, showing a tiny decline of 0.1 percent. "Following state trends, the large cities that continue to see the fastest growth are in Middle Tennessee".

The Census Bureau reported in March that Maricopa County was the country's fastest-growing county from 2016 to 2017, by number and percentage, with 73,650 additions (1.7 percent).

Two other North Texas cities made the fastest-growing list, too. Its annual projections are issued after researchers review responses to questions posed to city officials across OR in regard to changes in housing stock and "group quarters" populations living in places such as college dormitories, nursing homes and jails.

The other villages with the largest one-year gains were Farmingdale, with a population increase of 207, or 2.3 percent, and Rockville Centre, which gained 112 people, for a 0.45 percent increase, according to the estimates.