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Fort Worth stampedes to No. 2 among fastest-growing major U.S. cities

Fort Worth stampedes to No. 2 among fastest-growing major U.S. cities

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Fort Worth is just shy of 1 million residents now. Photo by benedek/Getty Images

Fort Worth corralled a major gain in population from 2019 to 2020, according to new Census Bureau figures.

The estimates, released May 27, show the population of Fort Worth jumped 2.1 percent during that one-year period. Among major U.S. cities, Fort Worth ranked second for population growth from 2019 to 2020, landing at 927,720 people on July 1, 2020.

Yes, Fort Worth is just shy of 1 million residents now. It is now the 12th largest city in the country.

Only Seattle registered a bigger population bump (2.2 percent) during the same timeframe.

"It’s no surprise that it is one of the five fastest-growing cities in the U.S.," says a statement on the Thrive in Fort Worth page, a partnership between the Fort Worth Chamber and the city. “Fort Worth is known for warm greetings and hospitality, inviting neighborhoods, and a vibrant and rich culture.”

Of course, a bigger city means more complex issues related to infrastructure, policing, and more, which have been hot topics among the candidates running for mayor.

Joining Fort Worth in the top five was Austin. From 2019 to 2020, Austin’s population surged by 1.7 percent, Census Bureau estimates show. That earned Austin the No. 4 spot among major U.S. cities for one-year population growth. The Census Bureau estimated Austin’s population at 995,484 last July 1.

Taking into account births, deaths, move-ins and move-outs, Fort Worth picked up 19,229 residents from 2019 to 2020. During the same period, Austin added 16,721 residents.

Also in the top five were third-ranked Mesa, Arizona (1.9 percent) and fifth-ranked Tampa, Florida (1.6 percent).

Among other major Texas cities, San Antonio came closest to Fort Worth’s and Austin’s growth. From 2019 to 2020, Alamo City tacked on 19,862 residents (1.3 percent). Its headcount last July 1 stood at 1,567,118.

Meanwhile, the populations of Dallas and Houston barely budged from 2019 to 2020. Each city saw its population grow by less than 1 percent, with Dallas’ population inching up by just 74 people and Houston’s by only 400. On July 1, 2020, Dallas’ population was 1,343,266 and Houston’s was 2,316,120, according to the Census Bureau estimates.

The figures published May 27 by the Census Bureau are part of the agency’s annual population estimates, and are not from last year’s official every-decade population count.