Population in North Central Texas topped 7.2 million in 2016, according to North Central Texas Council of Government (NCTCOG) estimates.
Twenty-five cities in the region grew by more than 5 percent, according to the estimates, with 120,000 new residents throughout the region. Dallas had the highest absolute growth, adding more than 12,000 people, while Fort Worth added 9,000, followed by McKinney with 8,200.
Collin, Denton, Dallas and Tarrant counties each added more than 20,000 residents last year, accounting for 85 percent of the regional growth.
According to NCTCOG estimates, Fort Worth’s population on Jan. 1, 2017, was 815,430 – lower than the latest estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau of 833,319, which the city uses for planning purposes. The Census Bureau is set to release new population estimates this summer.
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