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Census: Chicago's population drops 3rd year in a row

25 May 2018

For just the period from July 2016 to July 2017, the Census estimated that St. Johns County added 8,766 residents for a growth rate of 3.7 percent.

New York City is No. 1 with 8.6 million, followed by Los Angeles with nearly 4 million and Chicago with 2.7 million. Fourth-place Houston has 2,312,717 residents.

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 city experienced an increase of more than six percent in population growth. The city has added more than 26,000 people since the last official census in 2010. Rapid City is part of a corridor of growth that extends from the western edge of the state along I-90 eastward. While the Northeast grew more slowly than the rest of the country, all of the New England states grew faster than CT.

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And it has grown by only 1,492 people since 2010.

Chicago's population stood at an estimated 2,716,450 as of July 1 a year ago, compared with 2,720,275 the same day in 2016.

Frisco, Texas, was No. 1 in percentage growth at 8.2 percent.

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"While the loss is minor from the standpoint of the city's total population, consistent population decline is a clear sign that the city is deficient in areas that typically attract and retain residents, investments and other products of healthy economic factors", said Alden Loury, director of research at the Metropolitan Planning Council.

Tulsa is the second-largest city in the state after Oklahoma City. New Braunfels and Pflugerville follow Frisco at Nos. And the US population grew by 2.3 million to 326 million, 0.7 percent growth.

The nation's top cities by population were NY (8.6 million), Los Angeles (4 million), Chicago (2.7 million), Houston (2.3 million) and Phoenix (1.6 million).

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Oklahoma's fastest-growing city was Piedmont, which grew by 4.9 percent to almost 7,750.

Des Moines' July 2017 population was 217,521, up 0.43 percent from 216,582 in 2016. "That is a pretty big role in the population change".

The census figures are based on estimates that are later adjusted as more data are analyzed.

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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.

Census: Chicago's population drops 3rd year in a row