The city of Dallas added 18,935 people last year, according to 2016-17 U.S. Census estimates released this week, resulting in the third-largest overall population increase in the country. Only San Antonio and Phoenix grew faster during the same time frame, adding more than 24,000 residents each.
Dallas ranks ninth nationally in total population with an estimated 1.34 million people as of July 2017. That U.S. Census ranking remains unchanged from the previous year, with Dallas still trailing Texas cities Houston—No. 4—and San Antonio—No. 7—on the list of largest U.S. cities. Austin—No. 11—remains just outside the top 10, and Fort Worth entered the top 15 this year, unseating Indianapolis with an estimated population last year of 874,168.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex also dominated the 2016-17 list of fastest-growing large cities—with a population of 50,000 or higher—by percentage growth. Frisco in Collin County grew at 8.2 percent between July 2016 and mid-2017, according to U.S. Census estimates, the largest increase in the country, to grow to 177,286 residents as of July 2017. McKinney—No. 9—and Flower Mound—No. 11—also cracked the top 15 rankings with population percentage increases of 4.8 percent and 4.3 percent, respectively.
Other Texas cities to make the list of fastest-growing U.S. cities by population percentage increase include New Braunfels—No. 2, Pflugerville—No. 3, Georgetown—No. 6, and Cedar Park—No. 13.
The state’s overall population grew by nearly 400,000 residents from mid-2016 to July 2017, according to the U.S. Census, for a total of 28.3 million residents.
Dallas added more people in 2016-17 than all but two U.S. cities, according to Census population estimates
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.