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New population estimates show Central Texas is still growing


The U.S. Census Bureau released new population estimates Thursday that show Central Texas is still growing.

Between July of 2011 and July of 2012, the Killeen-Temple metropolitan area grew 1.9 percent. The Census Bureau estimates the population to be around 420,375 people in the area.

The Waco area grew three-tenths of a percent during the same one-year period, and has a population of 256,317 people. Bryan-College Station population grew 1.3 percent with a population size of 234,501.

Texas cities had the largest one-year population gains both in terms of percentages and actual number of people. Midland had the greatest percentage gain with a 4.6 percent increase, and Odessa finished with the fifth highest percentage gain, and Austin finished seventh.

Dallas and Houston finished first and second in terms of population gains with Dallas adding nearly 132,000 people in the past year.

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