Small growth in local population figures


Santa Monica’s population grew by just 309 residents in the last year according to new numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

According to the new estimates, Santa Monica’s population increased from 92,169 to 92,478 as of July 1, 2016. The City had a population of 89,736 at the time of the 2010 Census.

Santa Monica’s small growth numbers are in contrast to the 27,173 individuals that moved into the city of Los Angeles growing their population to 3,976,322. Los Angeles had the second largest population increase by raw numbers, beaten only by Phoenix that added 32,113 residents to bring its total population to 1,615,017. Los Angeles retained its position as the nation’s second most populous city behind New York’s 8,537,673 residents.

When growth was measured as a percentage, ten of the top 15 fastest growing large cities were in the South and four of the top five are in Texas.

The Census release said “Conroe, Texas (near Houston), was the fastest-growing large city (population of 50,000 or more) between 2015 and 2016 at 7.8 percent, making its growth rate more than 11 times the nation’s growth rate of 0.7 percent. Some of the other fastest-growing cities were: Frisco, Texas (6.2 percent); McKinney, Texas (5.9 percent); Greenville, S.C. (5.8 percent); and Georgetown, Texas (5.5 percent).”

There were strong regional differences in the new population figures.

“Overall, cities in the South continue to grow at a faster rate than any other U.S region,” said Amel Toukabri, a demographer in the Census…

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