Central Texas no longer home to nation’s fastest-growing city, according to U.S. Census


U.S. Census 2016 population estimates (via Courtesy US Census)

For the first time in five years, Central Texas is not atop the annual U.S. Census list of fastest-growing U.S. cities.

But Texas did continue to dominate the population growth rankings.
The city of Conroe, located near Houston, increased its population by 7.8 percent between July 2015 and July 2016, ranking tops in the country above Dallas-area suburbs Frisco—6.2 percent—and McKinney—5.9 percent. Greenville, South Carolina, placed fourth with a 5.8 percent growth rate.

Georgetown, which ranked fifth in the latest U.S. Census list with a 5.5 percent growth rate in 2015-16, topped last year’s rankings. Prior to that, the list was topped three years in a row by San Marcos, located between Austin and San Antonio.

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New Braunfels ranked as the ninth fastest-growing U.S. city, and Cedar Park ranked 12th. Other Central Texas cities to make the list include Round Rock (18) and Pflugerville (23).

Florida was the only other U.S. state to have more than one city crack the top 15.

25 fastest-growing large cities
(July 2015-July 2016)

1. Conroe, Texas: 82,286
2. Frisco, Texas: 163,656
3. McKinney, Texas: 172,298
4. Grenville, South Carolina: 67,453
5. Georgetown, Texas: 67,140
6. Bend City, Oregon: 91,122
7. Buckeye, Arizona: 64,629
8. Bonita Springs, Florida: 54,198
9. New Braunfels, Texas: 73,959
10. Murfreesboro, Tennessee: 131,947
11. Lehi, Utah: 61,130
12. Cedar Park, Texas: 68,918
13. Meridian, Idaho: 95,623
14. Ankeny, Iowa: 58,627
15. Fort Myers, Florida: 77,146
16. Pearland, Texas: 113,570
17. Huntersville, North Carolina: 54,839
18. Round Rock, Texas: 120,892
19. Irvine, California: 266,122
20. League City, Texas: 102,010
21. Pleasanton, California: 82,270
22. Gilroy, California: 55,069
23. Pflugerville, Texas: 59,245
24. South Jordan, Utah: 69,034
25. Castle Rock, Colorado: 57,666

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Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.
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