What happens when College Station hits 100,000?

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:

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Truth or Rumor: Is College Station Really the Nation’s 9th Poorest City?

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.”

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U.S. Census Confirms College Station’s Rapid Growth

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. Continue reading U.S. Census Confirms College Station’s Rapid Growth