Plano population dips slightly in latest estimate as growth continues to level off

Plano has seen a flurry of new development in recent years, but the city's population growth has been leveling off, according to recent population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)
Plano has seen a flurry of new development in recent years, but the city's population growth has been leveling off, according to recent population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)

Plano has seen a flurry of new development in recent years, but the city's population growth has been leveling off, according to recent population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. (Gavin Pugh/Community Impact Newspaper)

The number of Plano residents may have declined slightly in 2019 for the first time in years, according to estimates released this week by the federal government.

The U.S. Census Bureau on May 20 released population estimates for the nation’s cities showing that Plano’s population fell from 288,747 in July of 2018 to roughly 287,677 in the same month of 2019.

The city’s population, which grew by roughly 10% from 2010 to 2016, has remained fairly steady in recent years. An estimated 408 more people lived in Plano last July than did in 2016, the agency reported.

The government arrives at these population estimates by using administrative records on births, deaths and migration. The annual numbers are compared to the most recent census count.

The slowdown in growth coincided with much more rapid growth in less-built-out areas of Collin County, including the neighboring cities of Frisco and McKinney.


No large city in the United States has grown more quickly than Frisco since the last census count in 2010, according to the data.

For more population estimates, visit the census website.


By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers Plano city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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