Tri-Cities will reach an important milestone next year

Saul Bowman
May 25, 2018

The Census Bureau's July 1, 2017 population estimate for Bend is well above the one released last fall by the Portland State University Population and Research Center.

Blair said city officials looked at the building and demolition permits for multifamily and single-family homes since 2010 and came up with its own estimate of about 25,800 people living in town.

The gain here was more than those reported for Irvine, Calif., and Henderson, Nev.; and just behind those recorded for Atlanta, San Diego and Austin, Texas.

The city of Los Angeles added 18,643 residents between July 2016 and July 2017, the fifth-largest increase of any municipality in the country, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released Thursday. Although it is still the third largest city in the country counting 2.7 million residents, the AP estimates it lost about 3,800 of them since its last count.

New York City remains the nation's most populous by far in 2017, with an estimated population of 8,622,698.

Census figures show that MI grew by 0.3 percent to more than 9,960,000 residents between 2016 and 2017. Louis, Freeburg and Cahokia also saw population drops, according to census estimates. "This growth was enough to push San Antonio's population above the 1.5 million mark". Those cities' population estimates now stand at 198,829 and 116,986, respectively.

Annual growth rates of Tennessee’s large cities 2014 through 2017
Annual growth rates of Tennessee’s large cities 2014 through 2017

While Chicago lost almost 4,000 residents in 2017, that's less than the estimated loss of 4,879 residents the year before that, according to census figures. More information on the census can be found on the Census Bureau website.

The other villages with the largest one-year gains were Farmingdale, with a population increase of 207, or 2.3 percent, and Rockville Centre, which gained 112 people, for a 0.45 percent increase, according to the estimates.

Eugene grew 8 percent over that period, when it added an estimated 12,486 residents. When looking at percentage change, 10 of the 15 fastest-growing large cities were located in the South, the bureau said.

Aseal Tineh, an associate policy analyst for the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, said the economy has played a role in the declining population.

"We can plow down a field in less than a day and have the basic core structure up in less than a week and you have a whole neighborhood in less than a month", said Daemie Kennedy. "Increasingly in the suburbs, the population is aging", he said.

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