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This DFW neighbor led the nation in 2010-19 population growth for large cities

This DFW neighbor led the nation in 2010-19 population growth

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Frisco's population has swelled in the last decade. Photo courtesy of Frisco Square

Frisco — the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb named in honor of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway — saw its population growth zoom like a bullet train from 2010 to 2019.

Data released May 21 by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that among U.S. cities with at least 50,000 residents, Frisco reigned as the fastest-growing place. Its population jumped 71.1 percent from April 2010 to July 2019, the Census Bureau says. As of July 1, 2019, Frisco’s population stood at 200,490.

In 2018, Money magazine crowned Frisco as America’s best place to live.

“While there’s a lot to love about Frisco, part of its appeal is the city’s relatively low cost of living compared with its higher incomes and booming job growth. A typical Frisco family could pay off a new home in less than half the time it would take a Bostonian one to do so,” Money noted.

In the Lone Star State, Frisco wasn’t the lone city ranked among the 15 fastest-growing large U.S. cities for 2010-19. Five other Texas cities made the Census Bureau’s list:

  • New Braunfels (San Antonio), No. 3 — 56.1 percent growth, July 2019 population of 90,209
  • McKinney (DFW), No. 4 — 51.9 percent growth, July 2019 population of 199,177
  • Cedar Park (Austin), No. 7 — 44.2 percent growth, July 2019 population of 79,462
  • Conroe (Houston), No. 9 — 39.3 percent growth, July 2019 population of 91,079
  • Round Rock (Austin), No. 13 — 33.3 percent growth, July 2019 population of 133,372

In terms of numeric change in population, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio collectively increased their population by nearly 933,600 people from 2010 to 2019, according to the Census Bureau. All five cities were among the 15 U.S. cities with the biggest numeric rise in population during the past decade:

  • Houston, No. 2 — 224,751
  • San Antonio, No. 3 — 221,092
  • Austin, No. 5 — 177,079
  • Fort Worth, No. 6 — 164,761
  • Dallas, No. 9 — 145,915

From 2018 to 2019 alone, Leander (Austin) ranked as the fastest-growing large city in the U.S., posting a 12 percent uptick in population. As for numeric change in 2018-19, San Antonio ranked second (17,237), followed by Austin (16,439) at No. 3 and Fort Worth (16,369) at No. 4.

In 2019, two Texas cities crossed the 50,000-person threshold for population, according to the Census Bureau: the DFW suburb of Little Elm (53,126) and the Houston suburb of Texas City (50,094).