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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By Blanche Brick, Place 1 City Councilwoman
After serving on the College Station City Council for the past four years, I would like to offer my reflections on what makes a great city.
College Station has been experiencing a vigorous rate of growth. This experience has led the city council, city staff and the community to think long and hard about how to respond in a reasonable and sustainable way.
By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director
Do you have any idea how difficult it is convincing you to abandon your news, sports and entertainment sources long enough to read about our exciting world of city government?
It’s plenty tough, believe me. In 2014, as with previous years, we tried to present you with useful, reliable information through this blog. It seemed to have worked: There were more than 57,000 views to 120 blog posts. Which ones were the most popular?
Glad you asked. Based on number of views, here are the top five posts that earned your interest and attention.
Everyone knows College Station has been growing faster than Speedy Noil on a kick return, especially after our population surpassed the 100,000 mark in January.
But until today, that growth hadn’t been fully quantified.
The research included more than 500 of the largest American cities and ranked the top 20 based on growth in the working-age population, growth in the percentage of residents in the workforce, and growth in median income for workers.
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.
When I was growing up in a small town in West Texas in the 1970s, I didn’t know many kids around my age named Jay. But classrooms and playgrounds were overflowing with kids named Robert, Kevin, John, Lisa, Kelly and Christy. Check my list of Facebook friends and you’ll still see a ton of those.
A month into the new year, City of College Station Deputy Registrar Faye Scott tells me she’s finally received and logged the last batch of 2013 birth certificates that straggled in. Most remarkable was Faye’s patience in tolerating my request for numbers and trends. She forwarded some pretty interesting final statistics (Baby photo courtesy of tomek.pl):
Reaching the end of a year always provides an opportunity for reflection. Like College Station’s population odometer, the number of views to our blog is about to roll over 100,000. Accounting for nearly 10 percent of those views are the five most-popular posts of 2013 (click on the title to read the respective blogs):
Dusted off from the 1960s, this little gem graced the WTAW-AM airwaves and really got creative when touting the positive qualities of the community. Among them: a wide main street, a nuclear reactor and deer hunting that’s “better than it was when the Indians were around.” Not joking. Listen for yourself. (more…)
If you didn’t answer “College Station,” you either don’t live here or you need to resume your 20-year nap alongside Rip Van Winkle.
According to a new study by SpareFoot, College Station is the nation’s second-fastest growing college town with a growth rate of 38.25 percent from 2000 (74,267) to 2010 (93,857).
We should also point out that the study doesn’t take into account that College Station has grown another 5.5 percent since 2010 and is expected to reach the 100,000 mark in the next couple of months.
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:
Just in from the City of College Station’s Planning & Development Services Department:
College Station’s population estimate for November 2012 is 97,534 based on recently-issued residential Certificates of Occupancy.
Completed single-family construction is up 2 percent over the same time period in 2011 and down 16 percent from the same period in 2010. Year-to-date residential platting activity is up significantly compared to 2011, and up 17 percent over the same period in 2010. A total of 603 residential lots have been platted this year, up from the 301 lots that were platted during the same period in 2011.
College Station finds itself at a unique point in its history. As we prepare to celebrate our city’s 75th anniversary in 2013, we are approaching a population of 100,000 people while emerging from one of our nation’s most challenging economic crises.
Within this context, our unprecedented and rapid growth has challenged us to meet the resulting demand for infrastructure. Some examples:
- In Northgate, a 17-story mixed-use building is rising among tens of millions of dollars of similar investments in new housing and business projects.
- Planning and construction continues on expanding or rehabilitating transportation options such as Barron Road, the Rock Prairie Road Bridge and the Lick Creek Greenway Trail.
- To accommodate economic activity and promote our high quality of life, we’ve invested in necessary infrastructure such as the Bee Creek sewer line, Wellborn sewer line, Lick Creek Nature Center, Fire Station No. 6 and Health Science Center Parkway.
With as many as 40,000 new residents expected in the next two decades, College Station has a clear need to provide reliable fire and Emergency Medical Services protection to our growing community, and fulfilling that mission requires proactive planning and action. When it opens in late 2012, Fire Station No. 6 will provide responsible service and have a positive impact on citizens in north College Station for the next 50 years and beyond.
The Parks and Recreation Master Plan that will be presented to the city council on Thursday identifies College Station’s parks and recreation needs for the next 10 years and provides guidance, goals, strategies and actions on how to best address those needs. A component of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, the parks master plan lays the groundwork for policy change, capital projects, operational and administrative change, and recreation programming. In addition, the proactive plan is responsive to our budget needs and is aligned with contemporary best practices in parks and recreation facilities and program delivery.
The core intent of this innovative plan is to improve efficiencies in our parks and programs, and its implementation will require additional funding over the next 10 years. Given the current economic climate and budgetary constraints the city faces, successful implementation will require a thoughtful and incremental approach. The availability of reliable funding for acquisition, development, operations and maintenance will play an integral role in the plan’s success. A special emphasis is placed on approaches that meet needs in the most effective, practical and efficient manner.
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