Census: Monroe area’s fastest-growing city

Monroe Schools growing enrollment has prompted district officials to begin discussing proposed plans to build a new school. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF
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Monroe Schools growing enrollment has prompted district officials to begin discussing proposed plans to build a new school. MICHAEL D. CLARK/STAFF

Monroe is the area’s fastest-growing small city, according to new population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The city’s population grew by 15 percent, adding nearly 1,800 people, from the 2006-2010 5-year estimate to the 2011-2015 estimate released this week.

Mason and Trenton also saw growth of 6 percent or more, while Middletown’s population saw a very slight decrease within the margin of error of census estimates.

The American Community Survey is the census bureau’s way of providing population and demographic estimates for all communities more frequently than the official census, which is conducted every 10 years.

The survey puts out 1-year and 5-year estimates annually. The 1-year estimates provide information on communities of 50,000 people or more. The 5-year estimates, which averages data from five years’ of surveys, are the only ones that include smaller communities.

Read more about area population shifts in Sunday’s Journal-News.

Positive percent change in population

Negative percent change in population

No statistically significant change

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