Conroe named the fastest growing city in the nation by the U.S. Census Bureau

25 May 2017

The U.S. Census Bureau announced on Wednesday that Conroe topped the list of the fastest growing cities in the nation.

Of the top 15 fastest growing cities, 10 cities were located in the south and 6 of those are in the state of Texas, according to the bureau. The city of Conroe population grew from 76,362 residents in July 2015 to 82,286 residents in July 2016. That is a jump of 5,924 residents.

Representing a 7.8 percent growth in population, Conroe outpaces other top cities with a population of more than 50,000 residents—such as Frisco and McKinney, which came in as No’s. 2 and 3 on the list with 6.2 and 5.9 percent population growth, respectively, according to the bureau.

The U.S. Census ranked Conroe as the fastest growing city in the nation, by percentage, between July 2015 and 2016. Conroe tops the list with 7.8 percent growth, a 1.6 difference compared to second on the list, Frisco.

Conroe, TX…..7.8 percent growth

Frisco, TX…..6.2 percent growth

McKinney, TX…..5.9 percent growth

Greenville, SC…..5.8 percent growth

Georgetown, TX…..5.5 percent growth

Bend, OR…..4.9 percent growth

Buckeye, AZ…..4.8 percent growth

Bonita Springs, FL…..4.8 percent growth

New Braunfels, TX…..4.7 percent growth

Murfreesboro, TN…..4.7 percent growth

Lehi, UT…..4.6 percent growth

Cedar Park, TX…..4.5 percent growth

Meridian, ID…..4.5 percent growth

Ankeny, IA…..4.5 percent growth

Fort Myers, FL…..4.5 percent growth

Conroe Mayor Toby Powell said he is surprised Conroe made the list as No. 1, but that he expected to be in the top 10 fastest growing cities in the nation.

“It is unbelievable,” Powell said. “It means so much for the area. It is a goal to be the best of the best. We are doing something right. It is all about quality of life for the citizens.We are a small town but we have a big heart.””

He said the rise of population can be attributed to job creation in the city and the surrounding area by employers such as those at the Conroe Park North Industrial Park in Conroe and the ExxonMobil campus is Spring, as well as the numerous developers building new homes in the city to accommodate those employees.

“I attribute it to the vision that these large development groups like Johnson Development Corp. and the Howard Hughes Corp.,” Powell said. “They see the vision that we have. We have ExxonMobil at our front door. We are reaping the harvest from the growth from people that work there and want to live in a large town with a small town atmosphere. That is what we are.”

The city continues to expect population growth in the coming years and projects it will reach a population of 100,000 residents by the year 2020, Powell said.

“I think we will be there before that,” he said. “That is three years from now and Johnson Development already has about 150 houses on the ground [at Grand Central Park]. We also have large companies coming in to the [Conroe Park North] industrial park. They have higher paying jobs there. It is a wonderful time to live in Conroe.”

By Jesse Mendoza, Community Impact