Big Elm? A Little Denton County Community Grows Into a City

In 2000, when George W. Bush was still governor of Texas, Little Elm was a bedroom community on the shores of Lake Lewisville with only about 3,600 year-round residents.Today, the Denton County town is the region's newest big city, surpassing 50,000 residents in newly released population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.Little Elm's growth is in line with other North Texas cities like Frisco and McKinney, which grew by 6% and 5% from 2017 to 2018. Frisco is one of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the country, along with six other Texas cities. New Braunfels took the second spot, with McKinney, Georgetown, Rowlett, Midland and Round Rock also making the list. Laila Assanie, a senior business economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, said there are no signs the growth will end anytime soon. "So far we don't see anything on the horizon that would tell us that the boom is coming to an end, though we do expect growth to slow down a bit," Assanie said. "We can't keep on growing at the pace we have been."   Continue reading...

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