Georgetown loses title as fastest-growing U.S. city—find out where the city ranks now

Georgetown lost its spot atop the list of fastest-growing U.S. cities, according to U.S. Census 2015-16 population estimates released today, but the city remains in the top 5 rankings.

With an estimated population of 67,140 people, Georgetown grew by an estimated 5.5 percent between mid-2015 and mid-2016. That places the city fifth nationally behind four other Texas cities—Conroe, near Houston, ranked No. 1, and two Dallas suburbs, Frisco and McKinney, placed second and third, respectively. Greenville, South Carolina, finished fourth.

This is the first year in the past half-decade that a Central Texas city has not topped the rankings. Prior to Georgetown’s top ranking in 2016, San Marcos was the country’s fastest-growing city for three years in a row.

Notable Central Texas cities to rank highly this year include New Braunfels (9), Cedar Park (12), Round Rock (18) and Pflugerville (23).


Georgetown has finished within the top 10 every year since 2012. Here is how Georgetown’s population has grown during that time:

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By 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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