New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows League City’s population continues to increase by thousands each year, but Clear Lake’s population has stagnated, even decreased, in recent years.

The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest American Community Survey five-year estimates for 2014-18 on Dec. 19. According to the U.S. census, the annual data release “helps local officials, community leaders and businesses understand the changes taking place in their communities.”

According to the census, League City’s population in 2014 was nearly 89,000. In 2018, it broke 100,000. That is a 13.2% increase in four years.

City officials have said League City is about halfway built out. The city’s southwest side is mainly open fields, but they will soon be developed into master-planned communities and neighborhoods. Officials expect League City’s population to reach 200,000 by the time the city is fully built out.

League City officials have said League City is growing because of its location along I-45 and the fact that it is equidistant from Houston and Galveston. Many residents commute north to Houston for medical jobs, south to Texas City and beyond for petrochemical work or to the Johnson Space Center. Additionally, Clear Creek ISD is a draw for residents moving to the area, officials have said.

Meanwhile, Clear Lake’s population has stagnated. In 2014, the 77058, 77059 and 77063 ZIP codes, which make up the Clear Lake area, had a combined population of 61,119. That has since decreased to 60,213 as of 2018.

Clear Lake is mostly built out with master-planned communities and thus does not have as much room for growth as League City.

Nassau Bay is a small community in the Clear Lake area that has also stagnated in population growth. Its population in 2014 was 4,077, and in 2018, it was 4,083, according the U.S. Census Bureau.

Clear Lake Shores is another small community near Keman, the population of which has not changed much over the years. In 2014, it had 1,295 residents. It dropped to 1,140 as of 2018, according to the data.