New Braunfels is now the nation’s second-fastest growing city with a population of 50,000 or more, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
“Last year, the City of New Braunfels was ranked the 13th-fastest growing city in the country by the Census Bureau,” said City Manager Robert Camareno. “The year before that we were the 18th-fastest growing city in the country.”
The rise in the city’s population has been meteoric — more than 93 percent since 2000.
Camareno said that in 2000, the city’s population was 36,494.
“In 2010, the Census Bureau said we grew to 57,740. That was a 58-percent increase in population in a ten-year period,” Camareno said.
Fast-forward to 2014, he said, and the population estimate for New Braunfels was 66,394, a 15-percent growth in population over just four years.
Thursday’s estimate puts the city’s population at 70,543 on July 1, 2015. That’s up a little over 6 percent in a single year.
“The Census will be done again in 2020, it’ll be interesting to see if that growth continues on the same pace,” the city manager said.
In late March, the Census Bureau also ranked Comal County and Guadalupe County, the two counties in which New Braunfels lies, as among the fastest-growing counties in the country.
Comal County was ranked as the seventh-fastest growing large county in the United States. Comal’s population had grown from 123,439 in 2014 to 129,048 in 2015. Those 5,609 additional residents in Comal represented a 4.5-percent growth from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015.
Ranking 70th on the fastest-growing counties list was Guadalupe County, which added 3,977 new residents and showed a 2.7 percent growth as its population hit 151,249.
The Census Bureau said Georgetown, Texas, which saw its population rise 7.8 percent between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015, was the nation’s fastest-growing city with a population of 50,000 or more.
Frisco (No. 4), Pearland (No. 7), and Pflugerville (No. 11) were the other Texas cities on the Top 15 list.
Other cities on the list were Ankeny, Iowa (No. 3), South Jordan, Utah (No. 5), Dublin, Calif., (No. 6); Milpitas, Calif., (No. 8), Broomfield, Colo., (No. 9), Mount Pleasant, S.C. (10); Fort Myers, Fla., (12); Murfreesboro, Tenn., (13); Goodyear, Ariz., (14); and Buckeye, Ariz. (15).
Among the 15 fastest-growing cities, the only one outside the South or West was Ankeny, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines, the bureau said. Ankeny grew by 6.5 percent to 56,764.
The bureau said New York remained the nation’s most populous city and gained 55,000 people during the year ending July 1, 2015, which is more than any other U.S. city.
Denver joined the list of the 20 most populous cities in the United States, moving up two spots to 19th. It displaced Detroit, which fell from 18th to 21st.
In addition, Seattle moved up two spots to 18th.
Denver and Seattle were both among the nation’s 11 top numerically gaining cities.
The statistics released Thursday cover all local functioning governmental units, including incorporated places (like cities and towns), minor civil divisions (such as townships) and consolidated cities (government units for which the functions of an incorporated place and its parent county have merged), according to the Census Bureau.