New estimates of population figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau indicate Evanston’s population grew by nearly 0.6 percent last year.

The estimate’s peg the city’s population as of July 1 last year at 74,430 people, up by 442 from a year earlier. That’s an increase of nearly 1000 people since the 2010 census.

The population growth estimate was slightly higher than that for Chicago, which saw an increase of just under 0.5 percent to 2.715 million.

Skokie’s population grew just under 0.2 percent to 65,074. Oak Park gained just under 0.3 percent to 52.015. Arlington Heights gained 0.5 percent to 75,777.

The Census Bureau says eight of the nation’s 15 fastest growing communities were in Texas — with San Marcos showing the biggest one-year gail — 4.9 percent.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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