FORT WORTH (WBAP/KLIF)- The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest population estimates show Fort Worth jumping from the 13th to 12th largest city in the United States with a population of 927,720. Fort Worth gained 19,229 residents from 2019-2020, climbing ahead of Jacksonville, Fla.
Fort Worth’s increase was the third largest, behind Phoenix, which added 25,194 residents, and San Antonio, which added 19,862.
“Fort Worth’s move to the 12th largest city in the United States was expected, but that doesn’t make the news any less exciting,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Growth, especially the explosive growth we are seeing in Fort Worth, is always challenging for a city, but it is in that growth there is also massive opportunity to build incredible things. In my 10 years as mayor, we’ve worked to capitalize on those opportunities, meeting the needs of a growing city with innovation and resourcefulness, while always maintaining the unique history and spirit of Fort Worth. And we’re definitely not done growing yet, so I look forward to seeing how our leaders continue to meet those challenges.”
Fort Worth had 927,720 residents in 2020, up 24% from 748,419 residents in 2010, according to Census Bureau estimates.
“This growth is a testament to Fort Worth’s many positive attributes – people and businesses want to come here,” said Robert Sturns, director of the city’s Economic Development Department. “From a business and talent attraction standpoint, there’s a lot of potential in Fort Worth that this growth will help drive, and we intend to capitalize on it.”
Brandom Gengelbach, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, credits recent efforts in economic development, education and workforce development for having a positive impact. “The nation is taking notice of what Fort Worth has to offer, as we saw the third largest population increase in the U.S.,” he said. “The jump to 12th largest city in the U.S. will boost Fort Worth’s recognition worldwide as a desirable city and help draw more visitors and business investments.”
These population estimates are separate from the once-a-decade census that took place nationwide last year. Those results will be released over a period of months starting later this year.