State's population dips by thousands again according to estimates

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Fastest growing US cities are in South; 4 of top 5 in Texas

The numbers give additional insight into the recent trend of population loss in IL and the Chicago area, which shed more people than any other metropolitan area in the country from 2015 to 2016.

The data marks the first time the Census released 2016 population estimates down to the community level.

Click on a municipality in the map below to see its population statistics.

According to census data, population losses extend beyond the city. The current estimate is 18,452. He also said capital improvements, including the Civic Center renovation project, will draw people to the city.

In 1980, Dayton had 203,371 residents.

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In northeast Nebraska, South Sioux City decreased 155 people, from 13,275 in 2015 to 13,120 in 2016.

The census estimates are arrived at by using a formula that establishes a base population and considers births, deaths and net migration data.

"The thing about the estimates is that they are just that, estimates".

"I don't like all the development downtown where we can't really handle it", Charleston resident Susan Burkhardt said.

Today, the city faces a housing crisis of another kind.

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April home sales in the Dayton area were the strongest on record, according to the latest figures from the Dayton Area Board of Realtors.

The estimates were released soon after the Census Bureau estimated that the US population had topped 325,000,000, well above the 323,127,513 estimate for 2016. The number of big cities losing populations, just 5 in 2012, shot up to 14 a year ago.

"It's kind of a binary aspect to look at graduates from Marshall and MCTC and other post-secondary education resources and ask, 'Why did they leave?' I think that becomes the question".

Of the 68 cities and townships in the country with more than 300,000 residents, Portland's 1.47 percent growth rate was ranked 17th from 2015-16. That city grew by 5.8 percent in just one year between 2015 and 2016.

Cleveland and Cincinnati didn't fare as well, however. The fastest growth in California was in Irvine, at 4 percent, which was 19th nationally.

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Rounding out the top five fastest growing cities were Frisco, Texas (6.2 percent year-over-year growth rate); McKinney, Texas (5.9 percent); Greenville, South Carolina (5.8 percent); and Georgetown, Texas (5.5 percent). The 4.5 percent increase also made it the 14th-fastest-growing city in the nation.

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