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McKinney Among Texas Cities With Highest Population Growth in Nation

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large U.S. cities and towns for the year ending July 1, 2012 were in Texas, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Lone Star State also stood out in terms of the size of population growth, with five of the 10 cities and towns that added the most people over the year.

McKinney is tops among the Dallas suburban towns at No. 11 and Frisco is No. 12.

The fastest-growing municipalities are spread across Texas, from the High Plains of West Texas to the Houston suburbs. San Marcos, along the Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio, had the highest rate of growth among all U.S. cities and towns with at least 50,000 people. Its population rose 4.9 percent between 2011 and 2012. Completing the top five nationwide were Midland and Cedar Park, both in Texas; South Jordan, Utah; and Clarksville, Tenn. No state other than Texas had more than one city on the list of the 15 fastest-growing large cities and towns. However, all but one were in the South or West.

The 15 Fastest-Growing Large Cities from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012:

Rank, Area State Percent
2012 Total
1, San Marcos Texas 4.91 50,001
2, South Jordan Utah 4.87 55,934
3, Midland Texas 4.87 119,385
4, Cedar Park Texas 4.67 57,957
5, Clarksville Tennessee 4.43 142,519
6, Alpharetta Georgia 4.37 61,981
7, Georgetown Texas 4.21 52,303
8, Irvine California 4.21 229,985
9, Buckeye Arizona 4.14 54,542
10, Conroe Texas 4.01 61,533
11, McKinney Texas 3.95 143,223
12, Frisco Texas 3.92 128,176
13, Odessa Texas 3.83 106,102
14, Auburn Alabama 3.71 56,908
15, Manhattan Kansas 3.71 56,069
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Vintage 2012 Population Estimates
NOTE: Large cities are those with a population of at least 50,000.

The Texas cities that added the most people included Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth. New York, the nation's largest city, topped the list and was the only city among the top 15 outside the South or West. It added 67,058 people over the year. Three cities were in California: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose.

New York continued to be the nation's most populous city by a wide margin, with 8.3 million residents in 2012, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago. The composition of the list of the 15 most populous cities has remained unchanged since last year; however, the list's order has changed slightly. Between 2011 and 2012, Austin moved up from 13th to 11th in total population, supplanting Jacksonville, Fla., while Indianapolis moved down from 12th to 13th. Texas and California each had four cities on the list in both years.