By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The city of Oxford ranks among the fastest growing in Mississippi and Houston among the fastest shrinking, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which on Thursday released its first city-level population estimates since the official 2010 Census.
It covers the period from April 1, 2010, through July 1, 2011.
Tupelo, Northeast Mississippi’s largest city, added an estimated 513 people during that time – a 1.4 percent growth rate.
Oxford added 477 residents to boost its population by 2.5 percent, the data showed. Other rapidly expanding cities included several along the Gulf Coast, as it continues to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina. Among them were Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport and Biloxi.
Jackson suburbs Madison and Ridgeland also made that list.
Shrinking cities included Houston and Okolona, which both lost an estimated 1.5 percent of their populations. Others in this category came largely from the Delta or nearby: Lexington, Durant, Itta Bena and Greenwood, for example.
And Olive Branch surpassed Greenville as the state’s eighth largest city.
Population charts in today’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.