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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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…)
College Station continues inching toward the elusive 100,000 population mark, but we’re not quite there yet.
Based on recently issued residential certificates of occupancy, the city’s Planning & Development Services department on Monday announced November’s population estimate of: