By Brandi Hart

Herald-Banner Staff

Fate is a popular place to live ,as it is the fastest growing city by percentage of residents in North Central Texas for the second year in a row.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments released this year’s population estimates late last week, and Fate and Royse City are in the top five of the fastest growing cities by percentage in North Central Texas.

Fate’s population grew 61 percent from last year and it currently has 3,300 residents, according to the NCTCOG. The city added 1,250 people since 2005 and its population has quintupled since 2000.

Fate Mayor David Hill expected Fate to be in one of the top five fastest growing cities by percentage in North Central Texas.

“We’re not surprised and the reason is we’re not surprised is that the City Council is working hard, the city staff is working hard. It’s not something that we aim for,” Hill said.

“It’s just something that is happening right now. It’s not our goal to be the fastest growing city by percentage in North Central Texas. It’s our goal as a City Council and staff to build a quality city and we think we’re heading that direction,” Hill said.

Royse City is the third fastest growing city in the area based on percentage of residents. Royse City grew 27 percent from 2005 and currently has 7,350 residents. It added 1,550 since this time last year.

Royse City Mayor Jim Mellody said Monday this is a race he doesn’t care to win.

“There is a lot of growth and it’s a lot of burden on the town. On the positive side, the faster you grow the quicker things happen. For example, Frisco, Southlake, Granbury and Grapevine have grown very fast,” Mellody said.

“We have studies those cities and use the same consultant those cities use. We think we’re on that track. As we grow and successful businesses move here the citizens are going to be the beneficiaries,” Mellody said.

Melissa came in fourth place with 2,900 residents and added 600 people from 2005. The city of Fairview came in fourth place with 6,300 residents. Anna came in fifth place with 6,100 residents, Lucas came in sixth place with 4,400 residents, Celina came in eighth place with 4,150 residents, and Little Elm came in ninth place with 19,900 residents. Murphy came in at the 10th fastest growing city by percentage in North Central Texas with 11,300 residents.

Rockwall County is also the fastest growing city by percentage of current residents in North Central Texas, according to the NCTCOG. The NCTCOG defines North Central Texas as being the counties of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, and Tarrant. Rockwall County’s population by percentage grew 9.29 percent from 2005. Collin County came in second for the fastest growing county by percentage this year as its population grew 5.74 percent from 2005.

The complete 2006 population estimates are featured on the NCTCOG’s Web site at

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