Phoenix ranks second in United States in population growth from 2016 to '17

The Chicago skyline is seen from I-90

By contrast, people continue to move into more affordable cities like San Antonio and Phoenix.

"Eight of the 15 cities or towns with the largest population gains were located in the South in 2017, with three of the top five in Texas", said the Census, which defines large cities as those with more than 50,000 residents in 2016.

Connecticut's population change a year ago was the ninth-worst in the country.

It's a different story for the state's 20 biggest cities.

Hempstead Village - the Island's most populous - had the largest numeric increase in population over the seven-year period, rising by 1,732 people, or 3.2 percent. With just 177,286 residents, Frisco - which ranked as the nation's fastest-growing city - easily outpaced the state's biggest city in population gain from July 2016 to July 2017.

Austin had the 12th largest population increase, adding 12,515 people between 2016 and 2017.

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.

And so did most of the small cities in the Owensboro region.

That was enough, the data showed, to push Fort Worth past Indianapolis as the nation's 15th largest city.

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But nowhere has it been as significant as in Houston - an outcome that's likely attributed to the downturn in petroleum industry activity and ongoing outward pressure into the suburbs, said state demographer Lloyd Potter.

Some of the other cities with the largest population gains were Phoenix (24,000); Dallas (18,900); Fort Worth, Texas (18,700); Los Angeles (18,600); Seattle (17,500); and Charlotte, North Carolina (15,600).

Conroe, which topped the national list a year ago, didn't even make it onto the list of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the state.

The figures underscored the agency's estimates by county, released in March, that showed growth in Nassau County of more than 3,600 people was responsible for Long Island's modest increase in 2017, even as Suffolk County lost population.

Texas suburbs continued their domination of the list of fastest-growth on a percentage basis. New Braunfels came in second with 8 percent growth, followed by Pflugerville with 6.5 percent.

Bend is again one of the fastest growing cities in the nation with a population approaching 100,000. "That's a growth rate of 1.6 percent". Osceola, which is in Central Florida near Orlando, had particularly impressive growth since it's much larger than St. Johns County.

New York City is No. 1 with 8.6 million, followed by Los Angeles with nearly 4 million and Chicago with 2.7 million.

Frisco, north of Dallas, had a net gain of 13,470 residents.

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