Census data shows growth

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Statistics: County added 21,703 residents in 2012

New data shows Denton County added 21,703 residents from mid-2011 to mid-2012, making it seventh in the state in terms of number of people added.

Denton County grew by 3.2 percent, according to statistics released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“From July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012, within all the countries in Texas, Denton County ranked 13th among [percentage] rate of growth and seventh for the number of people added,” said Robert Bernstein, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau.

In 2011 and 2012, Bernstein said, Denton County’s ninth-place ranking in overall population growth remained unchanged. Denton County had an estimated 685,601 residents in 2011 and recent data showed it grew to 707,304 residents.

Erica Sullivan, economic development analyst for the city of Denton, said that like Harris County, the fastest-growing county in the state, Denton County has a youthful population, which is part of the reason for its growth.

The median age in Denton County is 32.9, according to the city’s monthly Statistical Trends and News of Denton report.

Denton County’s growth rate was exceeded by Harris, Dallas, Travis, Tarrant, Bexar and Collin counties, the data showed. It ranked ahead of Fort Bend, Williamson and Montgomery counties.

Sullivan attributed the growth to more available employment and educational opportunities in Denton County.

In looking at national data, Bernstein said, Denton was the 34th fastest-growing county in the nation.

“That is since the 2010 census and among counties that have a population of 10,000 or more,” he said.

Between 2011 and 2012, Texas had a population increase of 1.7 percent, or 427,425 residents. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington region added 132,000 people during the same period.

Bernstein said data on Denton’s population will not be released until May.

KARINA RAMIREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is kramirez@dentonrc.com


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