Podcast: Who says College Station has 109,857 residents?

Podcast: Who says College Station has 109,857 residents?

Senior Planner Jessica Bullock was born and raised in Boston, attended school in Philadelphia, and experienced an awakening that led her to become a city planner — a fascinating story. Every month, she calculates College Station’s estimated population. How? And is she even qualified to do it? Jessica answered those questions and more in this edition of the podcast.
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CS cited as nation’s second-fastest growing city

8077436819_f298c5ce37_h[1]By Colin Killian, Public Communications Office

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.

NerdWallet, a financial literacy website, crunched the latest latest U.S. Census data and determined that College Station is the nation’s second-fastest growing city – of any size – since 2009.

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.

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College Station hits the 100,000 mark!

coollogo_com-19224769The 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.

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Did the Super Bowl XLVII blackout affect CS’s 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):

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CS’s five most popular blog posts of 2013

A&M vs Florida

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):

No. 5 

The greatest B-CS song you may have never heard

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. Continue reading “CS’s five most popular blog posts of 2013”