Jacksonville leading state in growth, according to Census Bureau

Jacksonville leading state in growth, according to Census Bureau

Jacksonville leading state in growth, according to Census Bureau

"We know that the growth will continue to come, and two of the more obvious challenges facing our city are housing and transportation", City Manager Sheryl Sculley told the Rivard Report via email.

Two other High Desert cities also hit milestones a year ago, according to the new Census Bureau figures.

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

The U.S. Census Bureau's list of the fastest growing large cities in the U.S. puts Ankeny at No. 4.

Cowtown added 18,664 residents over the year, the fourth most of any city in the country - following close behind Dallas, which added 18,935.

Irvine ranked 14th on the growth list, adding 11,068 residents between 2016 and 2017, giving it a population of 277,453 as of July 1, 2017. The communities of Plainfield, North Aurora, Pingree Grove, Bolingbrook and Itasca all saw their estimated population grow by more than 600, according to the census. For each of the previous three years, the state lost population, and CT is still home to thousands fewer residents than in recent years.

The figures underscored the agency's estimates by county, released in March, that showed growth in Nassau County of more than 3,600 people was responsible for Long Island's modest increase in 2017, even as Suffolk County lost population. Frisco, Texas grew the fastest a year ago at 8.2 percent, according to the census data.

In July 2010, Clinton had 26,885 people.

While Chicago lost almost 4,000 residents in 2017, that's less than the estimated loss of 4,879 residents the year before that, according to census figures. "This growth was enough to push San Antonio's population above the 1.5 million mark".

The mostly downward trend in population gains isn't limited to Houston; Austin's net gain of residents has also steadily decreased since 2014. From the peak in 2013, the state's population has dropped 0.4 percent, while the rest of the nation grew by 3.0 percent.

For the first time, Redmond reached more than 30,000 residents and Prineville hit more than 10,000, the census data showed. Both cities fell out of the top 20 after years near the top.

"Working-age Illinoisans are fleeing, especially from border towns such as Belleville", said Orphe Divounguy, the Illinois Policy Institute's chief economist.

Cities that initially had lots of open land ripe for development, like Frisco, have become economic development powerhouses, aggressively pursuing high-paying corporate jobs and investment using a variety of tax breaks and grants.

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