LEAGUE CITY — Officials estimate that more than 12,000 people have moved into the city since the 2010 Census put the population at 83,560 people.
The city council Tuesday is expected to adopt a resolution asserting the population of the county’s largest city is 96,209 residents.
Between the 2000 and 2010 Census, the city’s population jumped 83 percent, from 45,444 people to 83,560. Using new housing starts as a gauge, the city planning department staff estimated the city has seen a 15 percent population increase since the 2010 Census.
Having the estimate is important as the city plans capital projects and expansion of services. By monitoring the city’s population growth, it can better project what the demands for city services and resources may be within the next five to 10 years.
Paul Menzies, the city’s director of Planning and Development, has used such population estimates in Harlingen and Kerrville to put the cities in better position to plan for development, City Manager Mark Rohr said.
By the city’s estimates, that growth rate isn’t about to slow down.
“It’s supposed to be a population rate of over 100,000 by the end of next year,” Rohr said.
Officials estimate the city will reach 175,000 to 200,000 people in 10 to 15 years, he said.
In preparing the population estimate, Rohr was struck by the city’s growth spurts since it was incorporated in 1962. That year the city fathers estimated the population to be about 5,000 residents.
Eight years later, the Census put the population at 10,818. There was modest growth through the 1970s and the pace picked up in the 1980s. By 1990, the population had risen to 30,159, according to census data.
By 2000, the population of the town founded by a cattle rancher topped 45,000 residents. Since 2000, the city has grown by 112 percent in population.
League City’s population
# U.S. Census data
* Estimate according to Feb. 22, 1962 City Council minutes
+ City estimates based on new housing starts