Census high-growth cities align with Community Impact Newspaper coverage areas

Frisco is America's fastest-growing large city, according to U.S. Census stats released late Wednesday. The recognition follows a consistent trend of cities Community Impact Newspaper covers topping this list.

Each year the Census releases population estimates and ranks cities larger than 50,000 population by year-over-year percentage increase. The fastest-growing city each year since 2011-12 has hailed from Texas and been a market served by Community Impact Newspaper. Here are the list-toppers during that span:

2011-12: San Marcos
2012-13: San Marcos
2013-14: San Marcos
2014-15: Georgetown
2015-16: Conroe
2016-17: Frisco

New Braunfels—where we launched a new edition in late 2017—and Pflugerville placed second and third, respectively, in the latest rankings. Other Community Impact Newspaper cities to make the top 15 this year include Georgetown—No. 6, McKinney—No. 9, Flower Mound—No. 11—and Cedar Park—No. 13. We also highlighted broader growth trends in the cities of Houston, Dallas and Austin as part of our Census coverage this week.

Want to see how your city's growth has ranked nationally? Here is a map of every qualifying Texas city served by Community Impact Newspaper. Keep in mind that unincorporated areas and certain townships are not included in these annual Census rankings.



For more information on the communities currently served by Community Impact Newspaper, visit the Communities page.
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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