Frisco crosses 200K population, tops list of fastest-growing large U.S. cities

Frisco’s population grew by 71.1% to 200,490 residents between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Frisco’s population grew by 71.1% to 200,490 residents between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco’s population grew by 71.1% to 200,490 residents between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2019, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco was the fastest-growing large city in the U.S. over the last decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

New population estimates released by the Census Bureau May 21 show Frisco’s population grew by 71.1% to 200,490 residents between the last census on April 1, 2010, and the latest estimate for July 1, 2019.

Frisco Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tony Felker said that growth is a product of the work city leaders have been putting in to build up the city over the years.

“We've created a product that is appealing to the market,” Felker said of Frisco as a whole. “We've created a culture and environment that is good for families, it's good for business, [and] it's good for safety and community. All along, everybody has been focused in that we want to continue to do that.”

Frisco’s growth rate outpaced all other U.S. cities with a population of 50,000 or more by nearly 15%.

Felker said city leaders have long been focused on making the best decisions for Frisco, and that thinking has continued during the current coronavirus pandemic.

“It's not just about health and data. It's about what's going to be good for Frisco long term,” he said. “Everybody's always looking at the whole picture and not just one part of it. It's an unusual thing that we're doing here. And I think we just need to keep focused in on making that happen.”

The only other North Texas city to make the fastest-growing large city list was McKinney, which placed fourth with a growth rate of 51.9% over that same period. That growth gave McKinney an estimated 2019 population of 199,177 residents.

Between July 1, 2018, and July 1, 2019, Frisco’s growth rate was 6.4%, which ranked it just outside of the top 10 cities in the nation during that period. The Census Bureau estimated the city added 12,038 residents during that time period. That was Frisco's second highest year-over-year gain of the last decade after the 13,554 residents it added from 2016 to 2017.

Data is currently being collected for the 2020 census. As of May 13, nearly two-thirds of Frisco households had completed the once-in-a-decade questionnaire.

By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is editor of the Frisco edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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