Phoenix ranks second in USA in population growth from 2016 to '17

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"San Antonio, Texas, tops the list with the largest population gain with an increase of over 24,200 people - an average of 66 people per day between 2016 and 2017", said Amel Toukabri, a demographer in the Population Division of the Census Bureau, in a release.

The gains in Hempstead Town held up over a longer period as well, with a Newsday online database of census estimates from 2010 to 2017 showing the town's population increased by almost 14,000, or 1.8 percent, during the seven-year span.

The U.S. Census Bureau issued its new population estimates for U.S. cities and towns Wednesday night, and it estimated Bend had grown to 94,520 residents as of last July 1. Numbers show the River City's population rose by more than 11,000 residents in 2016.

The two cities made the top 15 list of cities that added the most residents over a period of a year that ended in July. There Jacksonville ranks 12th, just behind Dallas, San Jose, Calif., and Austin, and just ahead of San Francisco, Columbus and Fort Worth.

The group pointed to how the census data showed both out-migration and a shrinking workforce in 10 out of 12 IL metro areas from 2016 to 2017 and that only 15 percent of IL communities saw population growth.

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Of the five largest cities - which in order are New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston and Phoenix - only Chicago saw a population drop, according to census figures.

For years, Texas suburbs have been battling it out at the top of the list of fastest-growing cities.

In any case, the city's estimated decline - 95 people - is "not a huge number that we can't overcome", Wilson added. "That's a growth rate of 1.6 percent". West Virginia and Rhode Island were tied as the slowest-growing states with increases of 0.2 percent.

"We are definitely bucking the trend here in Owensboro", Candance Brake, president of the Greater Owenboro Chamber of Commerce, said Tuesday.

Greetings from Texas! Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau found seven of the nation's fastest growing cities are in Texas. The Census Bureau did not release figures for all municipalities, but the numbers show New Haven, Norwalk and Stamford added residents over the year - with Stamford growing by almost 1 percent. And the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey could affect its population in coming years, said William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

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