"We know that the growth will continue to come, and two of the more obvious challenges facing our city are housing and transportation", City Manager Sheryl Sculley told the Rivard Report via email. With just 177,286 residents, Frisco - which ranked as the nation's fastest-growing city - easily outpaced the state's biggest city in population gain from July 2016 to July 2017. During the same period, Phoenix's Maricopa County attracted more than 39,000 new residents and San Antonio's Bexar County added 10,000.
This week, the U.S. Census Bureau released population data which saw the City of Rockford drop from the fourth-largest city in IL to the fifth.
Phoenix grew to a population of 1,626,078, retaining its ranking as the fifth-largest city in the country. For instance, the Census Bureau reported previous year that Chicago's population had fallen by 8,638 residents in 2016. That includes Aurora and Carbondale, which each saw a population drop of fewer than 300 people, while Rockford's and Springfield's head counts fell by fewer than 1,000.
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.
Add up all the population gains since 2010 and Seattle has grown by a staggering 18.7 percent, which ranks as the fastest rate of growth among the 50 largest USA cities. The growth rate of 0.8 percent from 2016 to 2017 was slower than the 1.4 percent a decade ago between 2006 and 2007. Federal Way was the only city to lose population, showing a tiny decline of 0.1 percent.
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For the first time, Redmond reached more than 30,000 residents and Prineville hit more than 10,000, the census data showed. San Antonio added the most residents in the nation, up 24,208 residents to 1,511,946 That's a 1.63 percent growth.
Seattle has now been ranked in the top 4 for growth among major cities for five consecutive years - quite an impressive run. And the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey could affect its population in coming years, said William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
The 14 largest cities in the country didn't change from the prior year.
"Working-age Illinoisans are fleeing, especially from border towns such as Belleville", said Orphe Divounguy, the Illinois Policy Institute's chief economist. The majority of big US cities also saw a slower pace of growth in 2017 than they did the year before.