New data shows growth

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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Since starting as Wise County’s 911 addressing coordinator in the middle of February, Wacy Beck has added 263 addresses to the county’s logs.

While some of the addresses are for commercial buildings and vacant land, the overwhelming majority are new homes.

“We assign them a preliminary address, but these are when the final buyer of the properties take residence,” Beck said.

“Most days, you just pick a stopping point.”

Most of the new addresses fall in the Decatur zip code followed by Boyd and then Paradise, according to Beck.

Beck’s findings mirror recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, which showed considerable growth in the county and contradicted the previous figures from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) released earlier in the spring. The Census Bureau uses housing unit data to come up with its estimates.

The Census Bureau estimated that Wise County grew by 1,601 from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017 to a population of 64,465. The estimate was 1,765 more than the NCTCOG’s figures.

Decatur’s population was estimated at 6,721 by the bureau with a growth of 150 people in the past year. Bridgeport’s population increased by 127 people to 6,596.

The other cities in Wise County saw less than 100 people added to their population, according to the Census Bureau. All the city estimates were above the NCTCOG’s numbers. Paradise and Lake Bridgeport, with populations under 1,000, were not included in the NCTCOG’s estimates.

The next census will be in 2020. The data will be released in 2021.

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