Fort Worth added almost 20,000 residents from July 2015 to July 2016, the seventh most of any city in the United States, according to U.S. Census population estimates released Thursday.
Five of the top 10 cities of more than 50,000 in population growth are in Texas:
No. 3 — San Antonio, which added 24,473 residents for a population of 1,492,510;
No. 6 — Dallas, which added 20,602 residents for a population of 1,317,929;
No. 7 — Fort Worth, which added 19,942 residents for a population of 854,113;
No. 8 — Houston, which added 18,666 residents for a population of 2,303,482; and
No. 9 — Austin, which added 17,738 residents for a population of 947,890.
Texas also dominated the top 15 in terms of percentage growth, with Conroe (No. 1), Frisco (No. 2), McKinney (No. 3), Georgetown (No. 5), New Braunfels (No. 9) and Cedar Park (No. 12).
“Overall, cities in the South continue to grow at a faster rate than any other U.S region,” said Amel Toukabri, a demographer in the Census Bureau’s population division. “Since the 2010 Census, the population in large Southern cities grew by an average of 9.4 percent.
“In comparison, cities in the West grew 7.3 percent, while cities in the Northeast and Midwest had much lower growth rates at 1.8 percent and 3.0 percent respectively.”
New York continued to be the largest city in the United States, with 8.5 million residents, more than doubling No. 2 Los Angeles with a population of 4 million.