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Friday, 25 May, 2018

Only 11 out of the state's 50 biggest cities gained population. The Chicago metropolitan area, which extends from the city to its suburbs and into parts of IN and Wisconsin, also has lost residents for three consecutive years.

The largest gain of residents, in raw numbers, came in San Antonio with 1.5 million, a gain of 66 people a day.

San Antonio, Texas, which grew by 24,000 people a year ago, ranks No. 1 for numerical population growth among all USA cities.

Cities that initially had lots of open land ripe for development, like Frisco, have become economic development powerhouses, aggressively pursuing high-paying corporate jobs and investment using a variety of tax breaks and grants. Seattle's 17,500-person gain was the sixth largest numerical gain.

The report charts growth from population estimates between July 2016 and July 2017. By contrast, people continue to move into more affordable cities like San Antonio and Phoenix. Waukee, which is smaller, has been growing more quickly. The sluggish growth in Houston and other big cities is stark compared with explosive growth in the suburbs.

In Brooklyn, the only New York City borough to lose population previous year, housing investors have driven away first-time buyers by snapping up the remaining affordable housing, according to an April report from the Center for NYC Neighborhoods, a public-private partnership that promotes affordable housing. The eight states that fared worse all lost population, led by Wyoming, which dropped almost 1 percent. On a percentage gain basis, 10 of the top 15 were in the South and seven in Texas.

Add up all the population gains since 2010 and Seattle has grown by a staggering 18.7 percent, which ranks as the fastest rate of growth among the 50 largest USA cities. Rounding out the top three fast-growing cities were New Braunfels (adding 8 percent) and Pflugerville (adding 6.5 percent).

The East End towns were an exception to that decline, with Southampton Town posting a one-year increase of 263 people, or 0.45 percent.

The bureau's 2017 estimate for Suffolk is below its 2010 Census count of 1,493,350.

New York City is No. 1 with 8.6 million, followed by Los Angeles with nearly 4 million and Chicago with 2.7 million. In fact, Chicago lags behind Los Angeles, the second-most-populous city, by more than a million residents.