San Antonio tops national list in population gain; Houston growth is sluggish


Giant Los Angeles and relatively small Irvine made the list of the 15 USA cities adding the most residents in the year ended July 1.

The gain here was more than those reported for Irvine, Calif., and Henderson, Nev.; and just behind those recorded for Atlanta, San Diego and Austin, Texas. California - which has about 11 million more residents than the Lone Star State overall - had four.

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Paral said that the estimates display population trends that have taken place in Chicago the last few years: African Americans are leaving the city while immigration slows down and wealthier people move in.

The Census Bureau's July 1, 2017 population estimate for Bend is well above the one released last fall by the Portland State University Population and Research Center. That's an average of 66 people a day, Amel Toukabri, a demographer in the Population Division of the Census Bureau, said in a statement.

But Henderson, Madisonville, Hopkinsville and Paducah all lost population between 2016 and 2017, the report shows.

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Edwardsville, Columbia, Waterloo, O'Fallon and Shiloh, however, all saw population growth.

North Hempstead Town had the largest percentage increase of the three towns in Nassau, at 0.41 percent, gaining 946 people, while the Town of Oyster Bay's population increased by 999, or 0.33 percent. Over the same period, the nation grew about 0.7 percent.

In July 2010, Clinton had 26,885 people. "This growth was enough to push San Antonio's population above the 1.5 million mark". Its population continued to increase, but its annual growth rate dropped from 7.8 percent in 2016 to 3.4 percent in 2017.

The Island's small population increases come against a backdrop of census estimates that continue to show the nation's greatest such growth was occurring primarily in the South and West, a decades-old development, experts noted. As of July 1, 2017, those estimates are now down to 25,480, making Clinton the 18th-biggest city in Iowa.

"It's gone up and down a bit, but that's where we're headed", Frey said. Although it is still the third largest city in the country counting 2.7 million residents, the AP estimates it lost about 3,800 of them since its last count. The Chicago metropolitan area, which extends from the city to its suburbs and into parts of IN and Wisconsin, also has lost residents for three consecutive years.