Published: Fri, May 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

City's population dipped just under 25000 a year ago

City's population dipped just under 25000 a year ago

The high cost of housing seemed to sap Americans' taste for coastal cities past year as cities in Texas and Arizona gained more population than New York City or Los Angeles for the first time in a decade, according to census population estimates released today.

Franklin's increase of 4.9 percent-from 74,685 in 2016 to 78,321 in 2017-also made it the fastest-growing large city in Tennessee. Idaho and Colorado were the second- and third-fastest growing states with increases of 1.7 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively.

The U.S. city that added the most residents between 2016 and 2017 was San Antonio, which boosted its population by 24,208 people.

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.

In Brooklyn, the only New York City borough to lose population previous year, housing investors have driven away first-time buyers by snapping up the remaining affordable housing, according to an April report from the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, a public-private partnership that promotes affordable housing.

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Overall, the South was the fastest-growing region for cities over 50,000 people. Hot on the state capital's heels is Eugene, which is the 152nd-largest USA city with an estimated 168,916 residents.

The new data give population counts for Long Island's two cities, 13 towns and 97 villages. Phoenix, for instance, saw a population increase of 1 percent, or 24,036. That was the year when Salem slipped past Eugene - and also when both cities topped 160,000 for the first time.

The conservative-leaning Illinois Policy Institute said the population drops, which have been seen across the state, are an indication that working-age people are "fleeing" the state. Georgetown came in 6th, adding 5.4 percent, and Cedar Park came in 13th, adding 4.2 percent. Rounding out the top five states in percent gain were Utah (10.7 percent), Texas (9.6 percent), Idaho (8.1 percent) and South Dakota (8.0 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 population numbers released Thursday are estimated figures, but the upcoming census in 2020 would help to provide a better understanding of the growth and decline in areas. The data will be embargoed June 19 and publicly released June 21.

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