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U.S. Census: Population decreases in 15 of 21 Big Country counties

Published On: Mar 14 2013 08:43:57 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 14 2013 01:28:23 PM CDT

ABILENE, Texas -

While the latest U.S. Census Bureau data shows the population for Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston soared faster over a one-year period than any other in the country, population decreased in 15 of the 21 counties in the Big Country from 2010 to 2012.

Taylor County had the biggest population increase, jumping from 131,506 in 2010 to an estimated 133,473 in 2012. Erath County had the biggest percentage increase at 3.8 percent. Taylor County population went up 1.5 percent.

Experiencing the biggest percentage Big Country decrease was Fisher County with a dip of 3.3 percent.

Meanwhile, only Wichita Falls -- with a drop of 0.4 percent -- dwindled in population among the state's metropolitan areas between 2010 and 2012. Abilene grew from an estimated 165,578 to 166,963, a nearly 1 percent increase.

Additionally, census estimates revealed nearly 132,000 people were added to the Metroplex from July 2011 to July 2012. Since April 2010 the region's population has grown by nearly 275,000 people.

The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area added more than 125,000 people for the one-year period ending in July. Harris County, which constitutes a large part of that area, grew by 80,000 people, more than any other county in the nation.

But it's a different matter in rural counties. In all, 96 of Texas' 254 counties lost population from the 2010 census to July 2012.

Below is a chart showing population figures for the Big Country:

2010

2012

2012 vs 2010

%

Brown

38,106

37,825

-281

-0.7%

Callahan

13,544

13,517

-27

-0.2%

Coke

3,320

3,231

-89

-2.7%

Coleman

8,895

8,675

-220

-2.5%

Comanche

13,974

13,765

-209

-1.5%

Eastland

18,583

18,421

-162

-0.9%

Erath

37,890

39,321

1,431

3.8%

Fisher

3,974

3,844

-130

-3.3%

Haskell

5,899

5,901

2

0.0%

Jones

20,202

19,973

-229

-1.1%

Kent

808

839

31

3.8%

Knox

3,719

3,789

70

1.9%

Mitchell

9,403

9,336

-67

-0.7%

Nolan

15,216

14,924

-292

-1.9%

Runnels

10,501

10,449

-52

-0.5%

Scurry

16,921

17,126

205

1.2%

Shackelford

3,378

3,356

-22

-0.7%

Stephens

9,630

9,464

-166

-1.7%

Stonewall

1,490

1,475

-15

-0.01

Taylor

131,506

133,473

1,967

1.5%

Throckmorton

1,641

1,601

-40

-2.4%

 SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau

 

Metropolitan areas

 

 

 

2010

2012

2012 vs 2010

Abilene

165,578

166,963

1,385

0.8%

Amarillo

252,686

257,578

4,892

1.9%

Austin-Round Rock

1,727,661

1,834,303

106,642

6.2%

Beaumont-Port Arthur

403,562

404,180

618

0.2%

Brownsville-Harlingen

407,656

415,557

7,901

1.9%

College Station-Bryan

229,483

234,501

5,018

2.2%

Corpus Christi

428,050

437,109

9,059

2.1%

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

6,452,764

6,700,991

248,227

3.8%

.Dallas-Plano-Irving

4,248,860

4,426,611

177,751

4.2%

.Fort Worth-Arlington

2,203,904

2,274,380

70,476

3.2%

El Paso

806,981

830,735

23,754

2.9%

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

5,948,300

6,177,035

228,735

3.8%

Killeen-Temple

408,221

420,375

12,154

3.0%

Laredo

251,284

259,172

7,888

3.1%

Longview

214,586

216,679

2,093

1.0%

Lubbock

292,142

297,669

5,527

1.9%

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

779,203

806,552

27,349

3.5%

Midland

141,757

151,662

9,905

7.0%

Odessa

137,056

144,325

7,269

5.3%

San Angelo

112,241

114,854

2,613

2.3%

San Antonio-New Braunfels

2,153,140

2,234,003

80,863

3.8%

Sherman-Denison

121,060

121,935

875

0.7%

Wichita Falls

151,428

150,829

-599

-0.4%

SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau