Census: Ankeny is 4th-fastest growing large city in US

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

The Census Bureau reported in March that Maricopa County was the country's fastest-growing county from 2016 to 2017, by number and percentage, with 73,650 additions (1.7 percent).

Its population grew by 23.3 percent as a result of having an estimated 17,881 new residents between 2010 and 2017.

Three Texas cities boasted the nation's highest growth rates - Frisco (8.2 percent), New Braunfels (8 percent) and Pflugerville (6.5 percent).

San Antonio was the fastest-growing city by population with 24,208 newcomers in 2017.

Additionally, the report said: "Fort Worth surpassed Indianapolis, Ind., becoming the 15th largest city in the United States with a population of 874,168". Rapid City is part of a corridor of growth that extends from the western edge of the state along I-90 eastward.

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Newly released population estimates from the Census Bureau show the nation's continuing shift south and west, with startling one-year growth in some parts of the Lone Star State, and anemic figures in the Northeast, including CT. According to their data, LA added more than 18,000 people, while Irvine added a bit over 11,000 new residents thanks to a homebuilding surge.

"Both series show significant growth for both cities", said Charles Rynerson, a research faculty member in PSU's Population Research Center.

An analysis of the latest figures done by Frey at the Brookings Institution found that Chicago was one of 16 larger cities across the country that lost population, and it had the third-largest drop. Those cities' population estimates now stand at 198,829 and 116,986, respectively.

Much of Daviess County's growth in recent years has been outside the city limits. From the peak in 2013, the state's population has dropped 0.4 percent, while the rest of the nation grew by 3.0 percent. Georgetown came in 6th, adding 5.4 percent, and Cedar Park came in 13th, adding 4.2 percent. In terms of the largest numeric increase, the top five were Texas (955,000), California (497,000), Florida (452,000), North Carolina (295,000) and NY (219,000).

The statistics released today cover all local functioning governmental units, including incorporated places (like cities and towns), minor civil divisions (such as townships), and consolidated cities (government units for which the functions of an incorporated place and its parent county have merged). For instance, the Census Bureau reported a year ago that Chicago's population had fallen by 8,638 residents in 2016. The data will be embargoed June 19 and publicly released June 21.

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