Wise sees little growth

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) released its population estimates last month, and Wise didn’t experience much growth.

From January 2017 to January 2018, NCTCOG estimated only 240 new residents moved to the county, with the greatest absolute growth in Decatur, which added 70 residents for a total of 6,600.

Wise County Judge J.D. Clark said the estimates seemed low.

“[NCTCOG] typically relies on information from the cities,” Clark said. “I think in reality, the population is a little higher.”

Clark did point out that the fastest growing city in the region was just outside of Wise County, Ponder. The far western Denton County town grew by 30.9 percent last year.

“The numbers show small growth here, but by COG’s 2040 projection we will be over 100,000. The same organization sees a lot of growth coming our way,” Clark said.

Newark experienced the greatest estimated percentage growth at 3.7 percent, adding 40 residents within the year to increase the population to 1,120. The trend of growth in South Wise seemed to hold, with Newark, New Fairview and Boyd seeing percentage growth above 1 percent.

NCTCOG estimated that Chico and Runaway Bay have added no new residents in 2017.

Paradise and Lake Bridgeport were not included in the estimates.

NCTCOG numbers show most of the growth within city limits, adding only 20 people to the county’s population.

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