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Round Rock is second-fastest growing city in the nation
Since 2000, Round Rock is No. 6 nationally for rate of growth

The population of Round Rock grew 8.16 percent in 2008, faster than any other large city in the United States except for New Orleans, according to population estimates released Wednesday, July 1, by the U.S. Census Bureau.

As of July 1, 2008, the population of Round Rock was 104,446, up from 96,569 in 2007. New Orleans was 311,853, up from 210,768 in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina but still below the pre-hurricane level of 484,674 based on the 2000 Census.

“As the 2010 Census approaches, these population estimates provide a sense of the population trends throughout the decade,” said Tom Mesenbourg, the Census Bureau’s acting director.

Round Rock was the nation’s sixth fastest-growing city between April 1, 2000, and July 1, 2008, as its population grew by 69.6 percent. McKinney, Texas, was No. 1, growing at 122.7 percent. Gilbert, Ariz., was second, as its population climbed 88.7 percent to 216,449. North Las Vegas, Nev.; Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and Victorville, Calif., rounded out the top five. Seven of the top 25 were in California: Victorville, Elk Grove, Irvine, Roseville, Moreno Valley, Rancho Cucamonga and Bakersfield.

All in all, four of the 10 fastest-growing large cities in 2008 were in Texas, including McKinney (5th), Killeen (9th) and Fort Worth (10th). North Carolina had a pair of cities in the top 10 fastest growing — Cary (west of Raleigh, third) and Raleigh (eighth) — as did California (Roseville, north of Sacramento, which ranked sixth and Irvine, in Orange County, seventh). Fourth-place Gilbert, Ariz., completed the list.

New York led the nation’s cities in numerical increase during the 2007-2008 period, adding more than 53,000 residents. New Orleans had the seventh largest numerical growth. Four Texas cities were among the 10 largest numerical gainers: Houston (third), San Antonio (fifth), Fort Worth (sixth) and Austin (ninth). Two California cities — Los Angeles (fourth) and San Diego (10th) — made the top 10, as did second-ranked Phoenix. Rounding out the list was eighth-ranked Chicago, which experienced its second straight year of population increase after five consecutive years of decline.

New York continued to be the nation’s most populous city, with 8.4 million residents. This was more than twice the population of Los Angeles, which ranked second at 3.8 million. Chicago, with 2.9 million, was third, followed by Houston (2.2 million) and Phoenix (1.6 million).

For more information about the geographic areas for which the Census Bureau produces population estimates, see census.gov/popest/geographic.

Posted: Wednesday, July 01, 2009

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