City population could eclipse 16,000 residents by decade’s end
Sulphur Springs’ growth in the past five years more than in all of 1990s
Bruce Alsobrook | News-Telegram Editor

June 21, 2006 -- The number of people living inside the city limits of Sulphur Springs has grown more in the first half of this decade than in all of the 1990s, and if recent patterns stay true, the population could eclipse 16,000 people by the next census.

Estimates for all cities in the United States released today by the U.S. Census Bureau put Sulphur Springs' population at 15,228 on July 1, 2005, up 677 from the year 2000. That's a bigger population gain than a bigger city to the north.

From 1990 to 2000, the city's population increased from 14,062 to 14,551, a rise of 589 residents.

The estimates also indicate the city's population grew by 191 people from July 2004 to July 2005.  The latest figures indicate the city is growing at a slightly faster pace than the county as a whole. The Census Bureau in March released estimates for county population growth. The count for July of 2005 put Hopkins County's population at 33,381, up from 33,121 in July of 2004.

Since April of 2000, when the results of the diennial census put the county's population at 31,960, the county had grown by 1,421 people, a 4.4 percent increase. The city, conversely, grew by 4.7 percent during the same period, or just under 1 percent per year.

Should the same growth pattern continue, the city would see a population of 15,904 by the end of the decade.

If, however, the growth rate between 2002 and 2005 continues, the numbers would be even higher. If that rate stays steady, between July 2005 and the end of the decade, Sulphur Springs would add another 985 people — or a population of 16,213.

The census estimates for Como put that town's population at 645, with Cumby at 637 and Tira at 254.

All nearby cities also saw population growths, but only one gained more residents than Sulphur Springs from July 2004 to July 2005.

Greenville's count of 25,637 was up 482 from the previous year, and close to 2,000 more than the 2000 census figure of 23,960.

Mount Pleasant's population rose by 177 to 14,760.  The 2000 census put the town's population at 13,935.

Winnsboro gained 32 residents to total 3,794, about 200 more than the 3,584 counted five years ago.

Mount Vernon's population tallied 2,583, up 29 from the year before. In 2000, the census estimated 2,286 living in the city.

Emory, located in one of the fastest-growing counties in Texas, not surprisingly saw a big gain in population percentage-wise. The city's 1,332 residents were 85 more than in July 2004, and up almost one-third from the 1,021 counted in 2000.

To the north, the city of Paris only picked up 28 new residents from 2004 to 2005, putting the population there at 26,539. The Census Bureau counted 25,898 people in Paris five years ago, meaning the Lamar County seat has grown by 641 people — or 36 less than the increase in Sulphur Springs.

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