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County tops 68K; Estimates shows 3.7 percent growth

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 20, 2019

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Located on the edge of the fastest growing metropolitan region in the nation, Wise County is starting to see the same influx of people.

Wise County grew by 3.7 percent, adding 2,442 residents between July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2018, according to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday. The county’s estimated population was 68,305 – 9,178 more than the 2010 Census figure of 59,127.

“That makes sense with what we’re seeing,” said Wise County Judge J.D. Clark. “Between February 2018 and February 2019, our 911 addressing office added 700 new addresses and when you think most of those addresses have multiple people.”

Among the 254 counties in the state, Wise County ranked 12th in percentage of growth in the past year.

Much of the growth has been in unincorporated areas, which Clark said has an impact on county services.

“When you have people moving into the unincorporated areas, you have increased calls for service for the sheriff’s office, EMS and the fire departments we contract with,” Clark said. “We have to pay attention to where we are having the growth in calls for service as we need to add another medic.

“Commissioners are also now seeing a lot more traffic on county roads.”

With the proximity to Dallas and Fort Worth, the growth is not expected to slow. The Metroplex added 131,767 between 2017 and 2018, the most for any metro area in the nation to reach 7,539,711 people.

Wise County is in the North Central Texas Council of Governments with 16 counties around the Metroplex. Tarrant County added the sixth most people in the nation in the past year. Dallas County was eighth.

“We’re part of that. People see the DFW Metroplex and the fast growth and that’s us,” Clark said. “That’s the growth that’s happening here. The numbers don’t lie.

“We see the plans and plats coming in each month. The 2020 Census is really going to be eye-opening.”

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