B/CS Census Numbers Prove Growth

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email
Things continue to look bright for B/CS as the latest census numbers show an incredible increase for Brazos County. Back in 2000, the county's population stood at just over 152,000 people but 10 years later the county is on the brink of hitting the 200,000 mark with close to 195,000 residents. "The exiting thing is it confirms what we've really known for a while," said Royce Hickman with the Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce. Hickman says the number exceeded even his expectations and that businesses will follow the trend. "When people look at expanding, they're looking for growing communities. For place where people have it right and it's attracting more and more people into the community," said Hickman. Bryan saw its population jump by 10,500 people. From 65,660 to 76,201, a growth of 16 percent. College Station grew from 67,890 residents to 93,857. A jump of almost 26,000 people or a 38 percent increase. "I'm one that firmly believes that you're either growing or you're dying," said Hickman. "I have not done anything but go to funerals for the last two weeks," said Don Murray, the Mayor of Somerville. Murray is dealing with the complete opposite. The home of the Yeguas has seen better days as Somerville population dropped from 1,704 residents to 1,376. A 19 percent decrease and biggest decrease in the area. Despite being the home of Lake Somerville, businesses just didn't stop to take dip. "We're always looking and would welcome business. That's what we need in order to grow, an income base. Which we do not have right now," said Murray. Just a few miles north, Caldwell has seen a modest growth over the past decade adding 655 residents, a 19 percent increase and one of the strongest in area. "Growth is very good, it's going to provide our citizens with a lot of things they don't have now. But we've got to responsible about the growth," said Hickman.
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