Area cities show gains in population figures

– Several Northeast Texas cities showed modest gains in population from 2008 to 2009 based on figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

One of the bigger gains in the region came from Royse City, whose 2009 population grew by 535 people from the previous year to 9597. Based on 2000 census estimates, Royse City has seen an increase in citizens of more than 6,600 in the past decade.

Rockwall County alone has in recent years been among the top ten counties in the nation in annual growth.

Elsewhere throughout the region, the City of Commerce gained 62 residents from 2008 to 2009 to total 9066, Emory grew by 12 during that span for 1511, while Greenville improved by 168 (25551) and Sulphur Springs gained 157 (15738).

The cities of Bonham (10527), Cooper (2147) and Paris (25755) all lost residents from '08 to '09; but by no more than 50 people in each case.

The latest city estimates are based on changes in 2000 Census data such as updated housing unit estimates, births, deaths, and domestic and international migration.

An exact count of current population totals for area cities won't be available until the 2010 census is complete.