Census ranks Cedar Park fourth fastest-growing city

For the second consecutive year, the U.S. Census Bureau has named Cedar Park the fourth fastest-growing city in the United States.



Census estimates released in late May show that Cedar Park's population grew 5.6 percent in one year. Between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013, Cedar Park added 3,281 residents and grew from 57,957 people to 61,238 people.



City staffers estimate that 20,873 more people live within the Cedar Park extra-territorial jurisdiction. That figure is not reflected by Census Bureau estimates.



Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell attributed growth to the city's efforts to promote quality of life.



"It is incumbent upon the Cedar Park City Council and staff to be aware that this kind of growth is occurring so that we may continue to embrace the opportunities and meet the challenges that such growth brings," Powell said in a news release. "As we welcome each new resident to Cedar Park, we maintain our focus on enhancing quality of life through public safety, city services, and job creation. It is quality of life that is bringing more families to Cedar Park."



In May 2013 the Census Bureau estimated that Cedar Park had grown by 6,674 residents since 2012, yielding a grown rate of 4.67 percent.



For the 2010 census, the Census Bureau determined that Cedar Park had 48,932 residents as of April 2010. In August 2011 city leaders challenged the findings, saying the census had not counted some residents who would have increased the total to 54,279 people. The city appealed the Census Bureau's total, but the appeal was denied in September 2012.

By Stephen Burnett
Stephen Burnett has been a community journalist since 2005. He joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in November 2013. For the cities of Cedar Park, Leander and northwest Austin, he covers city and county government, business, development, events, transportation, utilities and more.


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