2021 Population Estimates

North Central Texas Council of Governments

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The estimated January 1, 2021 population for the NCTCOG region is 7,874,950. Last year the region added 158,540 people. Even though the north central Texas region, as well as the rest of the country faced a big challenge due to the pandemic, the region still managed to grow by almost the same amount as it did in 2019. In 2020, 12 cities grew by 10% or more. Fort Worth led the region in growth, adding almost 17,000 people last year while Frisco added close to 16,000, followed by McKinney with 6,100 and Dallas with 5,560. Collin, Denton, Dallas, and Tarrant Counties each added more than 25,000 people last year, with Collin County leading the way with 43,000 new residents. The region has added more than 1.3 million new residents since 2010.

Population estimates are based on current housing inventories for cities in the NCTCOG Region with populations of 1,000 or more.

Click here for a copy of the 2021 Population Estimates Document.

Research and Information Services

NCTCOG's Research and Information Services (RIS) Department provides objective, consistent, and timely information and analysis on development in the region for use in regional and local planning and economic development activities. The substantive focus is on population, employment, and other socio-economic factors; commercial and residential development; and land use. The department also provides support to a regional Geographic Information System (GIS) and NCTCOG’s internal computer network. To learn more about regional data initiatives within RIS, visit:

North Central Texas Council of Governments

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a voluntary association of, by, and for local governments, and was established to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication, and make joint decisions. To learn more about NCTCOG, please visit

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