Jacksonville leading state in growth, according to Census Bureau

San Antonio is the second-largest city in Texas. Lotus Carroll

San Antonio is the second-largest city in Texas. Lotus Carroll

Phoenix was next with 1.6 million, and Dallas gained 1.3 million.

Dallas and Fort Worth had the third and fourth largest population increases, respectively - each adding nearly 19,000 people between July 1, 2016 and July 1, 2017.

Cowtown added 18,664 residents over the year, the fourth most of any city in the country - following close behind Dallas, which added 18,935. That's more than 11 times faster than the nation's growth rate of 0.7 percent, the Census Bureau notes.

Texas cities dominated the list of those gaining the most population from 2016 to 2017.

The county's rate of growth trailed the 49-percent rate of Williams County of North Dakota as the top-ranked county in the country.

For the others, the Town of Babylon was down 280 people, or -0.13 percent; Huntington, down 284 people, or -0.14 percent; Islip, down 477 people, or -0.14 percent; Riverhead, down 26 people, or -0.08 percent; and Smithtown, down 130 people, or -0.11 percent. And for the first time this decade, Portland's population increased by less than one percent.

Suffolk County has more people than Nassau - 1,492,953 versus 1,369,514, according to the 2017 estimates released in March - but the county had a loss of almost 1,400 residents in the one-year period.

An analysis of the Census Bureau's raw data by The Associated Press determined Chicago has seen a decline for the third consecutive year. Cities with between 20,000 and 30,000 residents saw increasing rates of population growth for the third straight year, adding 104,000 people as a group from 2016 to 2017. The number one spot on the list went to San Antonio, Texas - which is up more than 24,000 residents. It gained 13,470 people for a total 2017 population of 177,286.

Add up all the population gains since 2010 and Seattle has grown by a staggering 18.7 percent, which ranks as the fastest rate of growth among the 50 largest US cities. Los Angeles was a distant second, at 3,999,759. Peoria lost about 1,500 residents, according to census figures.

"San Antonio tops the list with the largest population gain with an increase of over 24,200 people - an average of 66 people per day between 2016 and 2017", said Amel Toukabri, a demographer in the Census Bureau's population division. Ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the US were located in the South - seven of them in Texas.

"You need to be prepared for a population that's getting older. All kinds of social services might have to be ramped up for the older population".

According to data from the Census Bureau, Jacksonville was the 12th most populous city in the country in 2017.

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