Jacksonville lands 13th on list for population growth

McKinney is the 9th fastest-growing U.S. city according to the U.S. Census population estimates

McKinney is the 9th fastest-growing U.S. city according to the U.S. Census population estimates

"Chicago and IL is a special case", Frey said. "It's still a trend that's different than a lot of metro areas".

Nationally, eight of the 15 cities with the largest gains were in the South, and three of the top five were in Texas. From the peak in 2013, the state's population has dropped 0.4 percent, while the rest of the nation grew by 3.0 percent. Places in the southeastern corner of the state - Sioux Falls and its suburbs to the south, as well as few places to the north of the state's largest city - show some of the most solid growth in the state. But census data show the city's population declined 0.4 percent previous year to fewer than 402,000 residents. While the Northeast grew more slowly than the rest of the country, all of the New England states grew faster than CT. Brooklyn accounted for more than a third of that loss, with about 51,000 more moving out than moving in. St. Johns County went from about 190,000 residents in 2010 to about 244,000 in 2017. "We knew that the state continued to lose population, as did Cook County and now we see the city".

The high and rising cost of living in coastal metropolises seems to be playing a role. New Braunfels came in second with 8 percent growth, followed by Pflugerville with 6.5 percent.

"Investors are able to beat out first-time homebuyers for whom East New York and Cypress Hills' modest two-story houses have traditionally been entry points to homeownership", the report said, referring to two neighborhoods in Brooklyn. "This growth was enough to push San Antonio's population above the 1.5 million mark".

For now Chicago keeps its rank as the third-most-populous city with 2.7 million residents, compared with No. 4 Houston with 2.3 million, census figures show.

And it's not just Chicago that's shedding population.

Indeed, cities across IL saw their populations drop, according to the census figures released this week.

2016-17: 4.8 percent growth, adding 8,346 residents for a total estimated population of 181,330.

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. Phoenix was next with 1.6 million, and Dallas gained 1.3 million.

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