Census: St. Johns County is nation's 14th fastest-growing county

City residents practicing for a Pure Michigan video at Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City

City residents practicing for a Pure Michigan video at Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City

Seven of the 15 fastest-growing cities are in Texas.

The Census folks say that puts Bend at No. 12 among the 15 fastest-growing large cities and towns - nestled between the town of Flower Mound, Texas and the city of Cedar Park, Texas.

The gains in Hempstead Town held up over a longer period as well, with a Newsday online database of census estimates from 2010 to 2017 showing the town's population increased by almost 14,000, or 1.8 percent, during the seven-year span.

The figures illustrate population trends that have been happening over the past few years, such as African Americans leaving the city, immigration slowing and wealthier people moving in, said Rob Paral, a Chicago-based demographer. That's 3,905 more residents than one year earlier, a 4.31 percent growth rate.

The largest gain of residents, in raw numbers, came in San Antonio with 1.5 million, a gain of 66 people a day.

Overall, the South was the fastest-growing region for cities over 50,000 people. Indianapolis has a population of 863,002.

With Bend on pace to break the 100,000 population mark, the city is nearing the same size as Portland's largest suburbs.

In terms of percentage growth, three Texas cities topped the list, with Frisco's population jumping by 8.2 percent, New Braunfels seeing an 8 percent gain and Pflugerville growing by 6.5 percent.

The other villages with the largest one-year gains were Farmingdale, with a population increase of 207, or 2.3 percent, and Rockville Centre, which gained 112 people, for a 0.45 percent increase, according to the estimates.

Jagoe Homes recently had the city annex an 81.7-acre field at Scherm Road and Barron Drive on Owensboro's southwest side.

Population growth in the two Southern California cities was highlighted in a Census Bureau report released Thursday, May 24. Other Central Oregon cities also grew larger in the Census Bureau's eyes than PSU's, and that's fairly common over the years.

Detroit continues its decades-long decline, according to the AP. Houston, which clocks out at 2.3 million residents, only grew by an estimated 8,235. Its population continued to increase, but its annual growth rate dropped from 7.8 percent in 2016 to 3.4 percent in 2017. That is second only to Austin, which has ballooned by 17.9 percent in the same period.

The county's rate of growth trailed the 49-percent rate of Williams County of North Dakota as the top-ranked county in the country. The western suburb grew to 20,649 in 2017, up 9 percent from 18,945.

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