City and county populations make small gains

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Murfreesboro was listed among the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the United States, according to new population estimates released by the Census Bureau.

Its growth rate ranks just under that of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, just outside Nashville, and Cedar Park, Texas, just outside Austin.

The increase raised Los Angeles' population at the beginning of this fiscal year to almost 3.98 million, maintaining its rank as the nation's second- most-populous city behind NY, which has 8.5 million residents.

In the big picture, it represents a return to normal.

"We are doing everything we can do to curb the loss of population", she said. But with the slowing growth of big cities overall, experts aren't sure it will happen so soon.

The turnaround belies the much-hyped narrative that millennials have shunned the suburbs because they preferred city living, said William Frey, a senior demographer at the Brookings Institution.

Perrysburg, with a net migration of 102 people, had the greatest growth of communities near Toledo, and Sylvania, Rossford, Northwood, Whitehouse, and Waterville showed slight population gains. It marks the third consecutive year the city has lost residents.

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"Let's review what's happened in Chicago the past two years under Mayor Emanuel: the city's property taxes and fees have skyrocketed, it has surging violence and it has threatened to close schools due to decades of fiscal mismanagement", she said.

"Really we're going through this economic renaissance where over the last three years we've had a 26 percent increase of new business starts", said Milford Mayor Ben Blake. About 1.8 million people lived in Detroit in the 1950s, when it was No. 5.

Chicagoans are likely to continue heading to those warmer states, as the South in 2016 was home to 10 of the 15 fastest-growing large cities. He said that, after the 2010 census, he began anticipating that Charleston would drop under 50,000 by the 2020 census. The map is color coded according to growth rates since 2010.

With an estimated population of 68,918, Cedar Park was the fifth fastest-growing city in Texas behind Conroe (No. 1), Frisco (No. 2), McKinney (No. 3) and Georgetown (No. 5). The rest comprised four in the West and one in the Midwest.

Yang says being bumped to 6th in terms of population likely will not make an impact economically for the city, since population is just one factor in a city's appeal to tourists and businesses.

Grand Rapids is the state's second-largest city with an estimated 196,445 residents, up 0.7 percent.

Estimates are released annually between the full, once-in-a-decade US Census.

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