By Mason W. Canales
Killeen Daily Herald
NOLANVILLE - The city's population nearly doubled during the last decade, numbers that bested census projections but were still less than the city's previous count of more than 5,000 residents.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nolanville's population grew by 98 percent between 2000 and 2010, and the number of homes in the city grew by 76 percent in that same period.
The 2010 Census reported that in April 2010 there were 4,259 residents living in the city of 1,589 housing units. The 2000 Census reported 2,150 residents in the city of 907 housing units.
"It is growing, and it is going to continue to grow," City Manager Steven Pearl said. "We have a lot of new housing units that have come up in the last 10 years."
The 2009 population estimate for the city was 2,973 residents, according to the Census Bureau, but in December 2008 the city claimed that it had more than 5,000 people.
To obtain the city's count of residents in 2008, several residents traveled the streets of Nolanville and counted houses. They then multiplied the number of homes by the city's population per household and its vacancy rating.
A population count of more than 5,000 residents granted the city the right to draft a charter and extend the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction (the area that the city can annex) by a half-mile.
The 2008 number was contested by both Harker Heights and Belton after the city passed a resolution claiming it, because the two cities had drafted their own agreements for land in their ETJs that was then being claimed by the Nolanville ETJ extension.
After almost a year of challenging the accuracy of the numbers, the three entities settled on how to divide the land.
The charter that was drafted because of the December 2008 count was finalized in November 2010.
Since the city is already operating under the charter, the Census data shouldn't affect the city's ability to act under its guidelines, Pearl said.
"We have the charter, we went through the process and we will continue to move forward with it," he said.
The city now will use the new Census data and compare it with the city's comprehensive plan to help determine how the city will grow during the next decade, Pearl said.
"We are going to keep moving forward, continue to grow, and keep continuing to improve the community and the quality of life for residents."
Contact Mason W. Canales at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7554. Follow him on Twitter at KDHheights.
Total population: 4,259
Total housing units: 1,598
Occupied housing units: 1,473
Vacant housing units: 125
Total population: 2,150
Total housing units: 907
Occupied housing units: 781
Vacant housing units: 126
Source: U.S. Census Bureau