Fort Worth has climbed to the 12th largest city in the United States, according to new U.S. Census estimates.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price addressed the city’s rise to the 12th largest in the country, stating that while the jump was expected, the news was still “exciting.”
“Fort Worth’s move to the 12th largest city in the United States was expected, but that doesn’t make the news any less exciting,” Price stated on her Facebook page.
According to U.S. Census estimates, Fort Worth had a population of 927,720 in 2020, increasing by 179,000 from 2010.
“Growth, especially the explosive growth we are seeing in Fort Worth, is always challenging for a city,” Price said. “But it is in that growth there is also massive opportunity to build incredible things.”
Census estimates also show Fort Worth had the highest percentage rise of any American city, with the exception of Seattle.
“It’s no surprise that it is one of the five fastest-growing cities in the U.S.,” according to a statement on the Thrive in Fort Worth page, a partnership between the Fort Worth Chamber and the city. “(Fort Worth) is known for warm greetings and hospitality, inviting neighborhoods and a vibrant and rich culture.”
According to Census statistics including births, deaths, move-ins and move-outs, Fort Worth gained 19,229 residents between 2019 and 2020.
San Antonio’s population growth rate was closest to that of Fort Worth over the same timeframe. However, Dallas and Houston’s populations hardly rose, with each city’s population rising by less than 1%.
The Census Bureau’s information, published on May 27, is based on the department’s yearly population data, not on last year’s official every-decade census.