U.S. Census population estimates released 11 p.m. Wednesday reveal that Cedar Park was the 13th fastest-growing city nationally from July 2016-July 2017.
Seven of the nation’s 15 fastest-growing U.S. cities hail from Texas, according to Census population estimates that rank percentage growth for municipalities exceeding 50,000 population. Frisco, New Braunfels and Pflugerville topped the overall national rankings, and Georgetown (No. 6), McKinney (No. 9), Flower Mound (No. 11) also made the cut.
Cedar Park’s population was estimated at 75,704 in 2017 with a growth rate of 4.2 percent, according to U.S. Census data.
Cedar Park has consistently ranked among the 25 fastest-growing cities in the country since 2011-12. In 2011-12 and 2012-13, the city was fourth in the nation for percent growth. The city’s population was estimated at 57,957 residents in 2012 with a growth rate of 4.7 percent, and it was expected to have 61,238 residents in 2013 and a growth rate of 5.6 percent.
The next two years, Cedar Park’s growth pace fell to 24th place, according to U.S. Census data. The city’s population was estimated at 63,574 residents with a growth rate of 3.7 percent in 2014 and 65,945 residents with a growth rate of 3.6 percent in 2015.
Then, in 2015-16, the city was again among the top 15 fastest-growing cities in the nation at 12th place with an estimated 68,918 residents and a growth rate of 4.5 percent.
Because the set of U.S. Census Bureau statistics did not compare population growth rates for cities with less than 50,000 residents, the city of Leander was not considered. U.S. Census records last estimated the city’s population at 42,761 residents in 2016, although on Aug. 17 of last year, the city declared its population as over 50,000.
Leander’s neighbor, Georgetown, ranked sixth in the nation in 2016-17 with a growth rate of 5.4 percent and an estimated 70,685 residents. Other Central Texas cities' rates to top the charts were New Braunfels at an 8 percent increase and a population of 79,152 residents and Pflugerville with a 6.5 percent increase and a population of 63,359 residents.
Five of the top 15 cities with the largest numeric increase in population were in Texas as well, with San Antonio in the No. 1 spot, Dallas at No. 3, Forth Worth at No. 4, Frisco at No. 9 and Austin at No. 12. Austin experienced a growth of 12,515 people, reaching a total population of 950,715 residents.
The Lone Star State also dominated the 15 most-populated U.S. cities as of July 2017, with an estimated 2.3 million residents in Houston, which ranked fourth overall behind New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. San Antonio (No. 7), Dallas (No. 9) and Austin (No. 11) remain unchanged in rankings, and Fort Worth became the 15th-largest city—knocking Indianapolis out of the top 15.