CENSUS: McKinney ranks as 9th fastest-growing U.S. city


U.S. Census population estimates released this week reveal that McKinney was the 9th fastest-growing city nationally in 2016-17.

Seven of the nation’s 15 fastest-growing U.S. cities hail from Texas, according to the census population estimates that rank percentage growth for municipalities exceeding 50,000 in population.

Frisco, New Braunfels and Pflugerville topped the overall national rankings, and Georgetown—No. 6, McKinney—No. 9, Flower Mound—No. 11—and Cedar Park—No. 13—also made the cut.

McKinney’s population growth

This is not the first time McKinney has been on the list of fastest-growing cities. McKinney was ranked 11th in 2012, 13th in 2013, 7th in 2014, 21st in 2015 and 3rd in 2016.

  • 2016-17: 4.8 percent growth, adding 8,346 residents for a total estimated population of 181,330.
  • 2015-16: 5.9 percent growth, adding 9,607 residents for a total estimated population of 172,298.
  • 2014-15: 3.8 percent growth, adding 6,000 residents for a total estimated population of 162,898.
  • 2013-14: 5.1 percent growth, adding 7,599 residents for a total estimated population of 156,767.
  • 2012-13: 3.9 percent growth, adding 5,527 residents for a total estimated population of 148,559.

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.

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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