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Insight: U.S. Census Bureau releases 2019 city and town population estimates

By Natalie Young

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Today, the Census Bureau released 2019 population estimates for incorporated places (cities and towns) and housing unit estimates at the state and county level from Census 2010 to July 1, 2019. This fact sheet covers the information in this blog as well as additional findings and a data table of populations for all cities and towns in Utah.

The city level estimates utilize locally submitted building permits as the basis to estimate population. They are then controlled to the county estimate totals, which were published in March 2020.

National Picture

Cities in the southern region of the United States experienced some of the fastest and largest population gains between 2018 and 2019, largely driven by cities in Texas. The West was the next major contributor, with five cities in the top fifteen for population gains. The South and West also had the fastest-growing cities since Census 2010.

Housing units increased steadily in most s