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.