By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
In that period, the Census says we added 4,253 new residents for a current population of 107,889. Texas cities dominate the list, with seven growing even faster than College Station. Georgetown led the nation with 7.8 percent growth, followed by New Braunfels at 6.6 percent.
College Station is the only non-suburb to rank among the state’s 10 fastest-growing cities.
Here’s the chart:
10 Fastest-Growing Texas Cities (2014-15)
|City (national rank)||New
|2.||New Braunfels (2)||4,339||6.6%|
|7.||League City (17)||3,877||4.1%|
|8.||College Station (18)||4,253||4.1%|
Colin Killian (@ColinKillian)has been with the City of College Station since 2010. He previously served 23 years as associate media relations director for the Texas A&M Athletics Department. Killian has also done extensive volunteer work for the U.S. Olympic Committee and worked as a reporter and editor for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and Lewisville News. A native of Hobbs, N.M., he graduated from Texas Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism/political science.
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The City of College Station’s population estimate has finally hit the 100,000 mark! We reached 100,046 in January, based on recently issued Certificates of Occupancy. We’d been within 300 of the milestone since September.
What exactly does this mean?
Before we get into the implications of hitting 100K, allow me to describe how I develop the population estimate each month and to explain the difference between inhabitants and population.
Based on recently issued residential certificates of occupancy, the city’s Planning & Development Services department on Thursday announced July’s population estimate of:
The estimate has risen by almost 1,000 in the last two months, and we’ve almost doubled our 1990 census count of 52,456.
I’ve written before about my fascination with milestone numbers. My latest fixation — shared by plenty of my coworkers — is on this little beauty: 100,000. I’m referring to College Station’s population, which is currently just shy of this mark.
100,000: When will we get there?
The safe answer is that we’ll get there soon. The 2010 Census showed College Station to be at 93,857. Believe it or not, just prior to the release of that figure, the population estimate calculated by our Planning & Development Services Office was 93,806 — a difference of only 51 and an astounding display of accuracy.
Here’s a little insight into how they track the numbers:
Status: Not exactly.
Let’s play a quick word association game: What comes to mind when you hear the words “College Station?”
- Texas A&M? Of course.
- Aggies? This is too easy.
- Low crime and unemployment rates? Correct again.
- Great family town? Wow, you have this game down pat.
- Poverty? Huh?
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, College Station is the ninth poorest city in the country, just one notch behind Detroit — yes, the one in Michigan. A Bloomberg news report last week went one better:
“The College Station-Bryan metro area, home to Texas A&M University, had the greatest concentration of very poor people in the nation, with 16.4 percent of its residents earning less than half the federal poverty rate.”
The U.S. Census Bureau recently released population estimates for the state of Texas, including College Station. The data reveals what many College Station citizens know just by driving to work or school every day – College Station is growing. Since the last census was taken in 2000, more than 10,000 new housing units were constructed and more than 25,000 new residents call College Station home. Our 38 percent increase in population makes us one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities.
Why is this information important? The city uses census data to establish a base for estimating future population growth, and city council and staff use those projections to ensure city services will be provided to existing and future residents. As our population grows, we will need more police officers, more fire trucks, a greater water supply — you get the idea. To provide the services we all depend on, the city needs to know when to budget for those increased services, and the city council needs accurate information to make sound choices among competing priorities. Tracking population and growth trends is crucial to that decision-making process.
The census information also is valuable to many other public and private entities. Businesses use the population data to decide if they should expand into certain markets, and the federal government uses it to allocate funds for such things as transportation and community development block grants. And, of course, states base federal congressional district maps on population figures provided by the census. We expect College Station to continue its steady population growth in the coming decade, attracting new employers, new challenges and new neighbors to the Brazos Valley.
Senior Planner | Planning and Development Services