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

By Jay Socol, Public Communications Director

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.

Among Jessica’s responsibilities: 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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SocolAbout the Author

Jay Socol (@jaysocol) is in his eighth year as College Station’s public communications director. A 1991 graduate of Texas A&M. Jay has also been communications director for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, public information officer for the City of Bryan, and news director at several Bryan-College Station area radio stations. He’s a native of Breckenridge.


 

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Guess who’s the fastest-growing non-suburb in Texas?

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By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau show that College Station was the 18th fastest-growing city in the country from 2014 to 2015 when our population grew by 4.1 percent.

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
Residents
Growth
Pct.
1. Georgetown (1) 4,611 7.8%
2. New Braunfels (2) 4,339 6.6%
3. Frisco (4) 9,218 6.3%
4. Pearland (7) 5,473 5.3%
5. Pflugerville (11) 2,450 4.5%
6. Allen (16) 3,881 4.1%
7. League City (17) 3,877 4.1%
8. College Station (18) 4,253 4.1%
9. Conroe (19) 2,693 4.1%
10. McKinney (21) 6,000 3.8%

 


Colin KillianAbout the Author

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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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. (more…)


99,889: The quest for 100,000 continues

Old_Movie_Countdown_by_blu99College 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:

99,889

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Guess what city is the nation’s second-fastest growing college town?

A&M vs Florida

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.

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99,093 … and counting!

8281792407_b5c763fcdd_b[1]College Station’s countdown to 100,000 continues.

Based on recently issued residential certificates of occupancy, the city’s Planning & Development Services department on Thursday announced July’s population estimate of:

99,093

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.

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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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College Station’s Population Reaches 97,534

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.

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