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Palm Coast Population Growth Beats U.S. and Florida Rates

U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today show Palm Coast’s population reaching 86,516 as of July 2017, a growth rate of 2.45% from July 1, 2016.

By Toby Tobin
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PALM COAST, FL – May 24, 2018 – The U.S. Census Bureau today released its 2017 City/Town Population and Housing Unit Estimates. The report estimates city populations as of July 1, 2017, and includes estimates dating back to the official census of 2010.

Local

Palm Coast and Flagler County’s other cities are growing faster than both the nation and the state and, in most cases, faster than our neighboring cities of Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach, and St. Augustine. Palm Coast’s annual population gain of 2,070 from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017, fell short of the previous year’s 2,287 gain but is still impressive.

Flagler County and Palm Coast population growth

Looking forward, single-family building permits for Flagler County are up 30.2% through the first four months this year, signaling continued strong growth. Bunnell’s growth rate for the year between July 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018, will include the impressive rate of new construction in Grand Reserve, where DR Horton began construction of new homes in September 2017.

It’s become fun again to be in the real estate business in Flagler County.

National

San Antonio tops the chart adding more than 60 people a day on average.

Eight of the 15 cities or towns with the largest population gains were located in the South in 2017, with three of the top five in Texas, according to new population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
 

2017 Census data


“San Antonio, Texas, 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 Population Division of the Census Bureau. “That’s a growth rate of 1.6 percent. This growth was enough to push San Antonio's population above the 1.5 million mark.”

Some of the other cities with the largest population gains were Phoenix, Ariz. (24,000); Dallas, Texas (18,900); Fort Worth, Texas (18,700); Los Angeles, Calif. (18,600); Seattle, Washington (17,500); and Charlotte, N.C. (15,600).

Regarding percentage change in population, 10 of the 15 fastest-growing large cities were located in the South, with seven in Texas. Between 2016 and 2017, Frisco, Texas (near Dallas), was the fastest-growing large city (population of 50,000 or more) at 8.2 percent, making its growth rate more than 11 times faster than the nation’s growth rate of 0.7 percent. See below for some of the other fastest-growing large cities.

Fort Worth, Texas, Surpasses Indianapolis to Become the 15th Most Populous U.S. City

Fort Worth, Texas, surpassed Indianapolis, Ind., becoming the 15th largest city in the United States with a population of 874,168. Indianapolis has a population of 863,002. The 14 largest U.S.cities have not changed since 2016.

Small Town America

While the main focus of this release has been on the 3.9 percent of cities with populations of 50,000 or more, the United States is a nation of small towns. Of the nation’s 325.7 million people, an estimated 205.0 million (62.9 percent) live within an incorporated place as of July 1, 2017. Of approximately 19,500 incorporated places, about 76 percent had fewer than 5,000 people and nearly 50 percent had fewer than 1,000 people.

Regional Growth

The West had the highest share of its population living within an incorporated place (76.7 percent), followed by the Midwest (71.4 percent) as of July 1, 2017. The Northeast had the smallest population of its residents living in incorporated places (51.4 percent).

The South had the most city dwellers of any region at 67.9 million. However, this accounted for only 54.9 percent of the South’s 123.7 million total population. Since the 2010 Census, large cities in the South and West have led the nation in population growth, with an average increase of 10.0 percent (16,206) and 7.8 percent (12,256), respectively. By comparison, those in the Northeast and Midwest grew on average by 2.2 percent (9,104) and 3.0 percent (3,942), respectively.

After a Decade, Housing Unit Growth Remains Below 2007 Levels in Nearly All States

The nation’s housing stock grew by more than 1 million last year, reaching over 137 million units. The growth rate of 0.8 percent from 2016 to 2017 was slower than the 1.4 percent a decade ago between 2006 and 2007.

Housing unit growth last year remained below 2007 levels in nearly all states except North Dakota (up 1.0 percent last year, compared to a 0.9 percent increase in 2007); the District of Columbia (up 1.1 percent, compared to a 0.9 percent increase in 2007); South Dakota (up 1.4 percent, compared to a 1.2 percent increase in 2007); Iowa (up 0.9 percent, compared to a 0.7 percent increase in 2007); and Nebraska (returned to the 2007 growth rate of 0.8 percent).

Between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017, Utah was the fastest-growing state in terms of housing units, with an increase of 2.1 percent. Idaho and Colorado were the second- and third-fastest growing states with increases of 1.7 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively. West Virginia and Rhode Island were tied as the slowest-growing states with increases of 0.2 percent.

Housing Unit Growth Since Census Day (April 1, 2010)

The nation’s housing stock increased by 5.7 million units (4.3 percent) since April 1, 2010. North Dakota was the fastest-growing state in terms of housing units, with an increase of 18.0 percent during the same period. Rounding out the top five states in percent gain were Utah (10.7 percent), Texas (9.6 percent), Idaho (8.1 percent) and South Dakota (8.0 percent).

Fourteen states added more than 100,000 housing units between April 1, 2010, and July 1, 2017. In terms of the largest numeric increase, the top five were Texas (955,000), California (497,000), Florida (452,000), North Carolina (295,000) and New York (219,000).
 

Table 1.
The 15 Cities With the Largest Numeric Increase Between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017 (Populations of 50,000 or more in 2016)

Rank

Area name

State

Numeric increase

2017 total population

1

San Antonio city

Texas

24,208

1,511,946

2

Phoenix city

Arizona

24,036

1,626,078

3

Dallas city

Texas

18,935

1,341,075

4

Fort Worth city

Texas

18,664

874,168

5

Los Angeles city

California

18,643

3,999,759

6

Seattle city

Washington

17,490

724,745

7

Charlotte city

North Carolina

15,551

859,035

8

Columbus city

Ohio

15,429

879,170

9

Frisco city

Texas

13,470

177,286

10

Atlanta city

Georgia

13,323

486,290

11

San Diego city

California

12,834

1,419,516

12

Austin city

Texas

12,515

950,715

13

Jacksonville city

Florida

11,169

892,062

14

Irvine city

California

11,068

277,453

15

Henderson city

Nevada

10,534

302,539

 

Table 2.
The 15 Fastest-Growing Large Cities and Towns Between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017 (Populations of 50,000 or more in 2016)

Rank

Area name

State

Percent 
increase

2017 total population

1

Frisco city

Texas

8.2

177,286

2

New Braunfels city

Texas

8.0

79,152

3

Pflugerville city

Texas

6.5

63,359

4

Ankeny city

Iowa

6.4

62,416

5

Buckeye city

Arizona

5.9

68,453

6

Georgetown city

Texas

5.4

70,685

7

Castle Rock town

Colorado

5.1

62,276

8

Franklin city

Tennessee

4.9

78,321

9

McKinney city

Texas

4.8

181,330

10

Meridian city

Idaho

4.7

99,926

11

Flower Mound town

Texas

4.3

76,681

12

Bend city

Oregon

4.3

94,520

13

Cedar Park city

Texas

4.2

75,704

14

Doral city

Florida

4.2

61,130

15

Fort Myers city

Florida

4.2

79,943

 

Table 3.
The 15 Most Populous Cities as of July 1, 2017

Rank

Area Name

State

2017 total population

1

New York city

New York

8,622,698

2

Los Angeles city

California

3,999,759

3

Chicago city

Illinois

2,716,450

4

Houston city

Texas

2,312,717

5

Phoenix city

Arizona

1,626,078

6

Philadelphia city

Pennsylvania

1,580,863

7

San Antonio city

Texas

1,511,946

8

San Diego city

California

1,419,516

9

Dallas city

Texas

1,341,075

10

San Jose city

California

1,035,317

11

Austin city

Texas

950,715

12

Jacksonville city

Florida

892,062

13

San Francisco city

California

884,363

14

Columbus city

Ohio

879,170

15

Fort Worth city

Texas

874,168

 

Table 4.
Population Change Between July 1, 2016, and July 1, 2017

Population Less Than 5,000 as of 2016

Region

Number of areas

Average numeric change

Average percent change

Northeast

1,439

-3

-0.2

Midwest

7,016

0

-0.1

South

4,987

5

0.2

West

1,340

13

0.9

Population of 5,000 to 9,999 as of 2016

Region

Number of areas

Average numeric change

Average percent change

Northeast

297

1

0.0

Midwest

541

29

0.4

South

583

66

0.9

West

248

111

1.5

Population of 10,000 to 49,999 as of 2016

Region

Number of areas

Average numeric change

Average percent change

Northeast

297

34

0.1

Midwest

782

55

0.3

South

773

256

1.1

West

439

278

1.2

Population of 50,000 or More as of 2016

Region

Number of areas

Average numeric change

Average percent change

Northeast

78

395

0.2

Midwest

158

486

0.4

South

235

1,746

1.2

West

287

1,482

1.0

 


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reader comments
Palm Coasts' initial growth -
Posted by George Edward Chuddy
May 25, 2018, 4:30 pm
December 1971

Dear Palm Coaster:
May I extend to you and your family my warmest personal greetings for the season and the coming year.

As our second Holiday Season at Palm Coast approaches, we can look with pride to the accomplishments of the past year. Within that time we have grown from a family of --->2,500 to one of over 8,000 homesite owners.<---- We have opened new areas for more friends to join us and have started the building of the first of our new homes which will be occupied in early ' 72.

The first nine holes of our golf course is completed and the initial club house is there to serve you. The second nine holes of our golf Course is scheduled for play by mid-'72. Also, the yacht club and marina will be completed at about the same time. Add to these our motel and beach front facilities which will be ready for use in late '72 - ' 73. Yes, our new year will indeed be full of exciting activity.

This seems an appropriate time to thank you for helping to make this new way of life possiblt by joining with us in this dynamic pioneering adventure.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Very truly yours,
Norman Young
Dr. Norman Young
*************************
For the newer Palm Coasters - Dr. J. Norman Young is the Father of Palm Coast; his '...an Approach to a New City..' publication says it all about his Palm Coast Concepts.

The Palm Coaster
Volume 2, Number 5
Holiday Issue/1971 p.1

Golf Course opens with a Bang
The official opening of the first nine holes of the Palm Coast Golf Course ( later known as and a.k.a. Palm Harbor Golf Club ) took place on November 10 with a golf match between Central Florida VIP's and the press. The event got underway with a signal from Dr. Norman Younb, president of I.T.T. Community Development Corporation, for a shotgun start.
Dr. John Canakaris, a prominent Bunnell physician, won the top prize of a nnew set of golf clubs with a low gross score of 81. Frank Matey, a sportswriter from the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville, won a new golf bag and carryall with a low net individual score. A special award for the best dressed golfer was presented to Flagler Beach Mayor George E. Wickline. It was the first time he had played oglf since 1936.
Dr. Canakaris also won the 'close to the pin' event and Mayor Dan O'Brien of South Daytona had the longest drive on the Championship Course-245 yards.
After the match, Dr. Young announced plans to make the VIP Press outing an annual event at the Palm Coast Golf Course.
Among the VIP's turning out for the match were State Senator Verle A. Pope; Levis M. Steflik, Chairman of the Board of Flagler County Commissioners; Flagler County Sheriff P.A. Edmundson; Mayor Richard Kane of Daytona Beach; Mayor Ernest J. Cassen of Ormond Beach; the Honorable A. H. Craig, House of Representatives, 34th District; and the Honorable T.T. McKnight, Flagler County Judge.

PALM COAST PROGRESS

Ground has been broken and construction begun on the Palm Coast Yacht Club complex. Footings for the Clubhouse have been poured and masonary work is underway. The Complex, as noted in the last Palm Coaster, will be complete with launching ramps, swimming pool, tennis courts, cocktail lounge and restaurant. Membership and use fee costs are expected to be established shortly. The Complex is scheduled for completion in the Summer of 1972.
It's an exciting time at Palm Coast as construction proceeds on the private residences. Many of the first 204 Pioneer homestite owners stand by daily to watch their new homes being built. Roads are being laid out and the first large group of houses are taking shape. By January, 1972 the first palm Coast residents will move in
Major work on the practice fairway is complete. Play will begin in early December.

My how times flies by us all; Palm Coasts' 50th Anniversary Milestone is a mere 7 months away. I / my family bought from Levitt & I.T.T. before the Palm Coast Project opened...I hope sharing this information about all the wonderful and marvelous things we had all last Century help give you a 'sense of being ' and a great ' sense of place ' and now I will soon see Palm Coasts' Historic 50th Milestone.




 
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