In recent years, the City of Paris and Lamar County have made concerted efforts to bring industry and growth to the area. But recent U.S. Census Bureau data indicates local communities have seen either modest or no growth since 2010.
Census estimates for Paris in 2018 show the city is losing residents this decade. In 2010, the Paris population was listed at 25,171. The bureau’s 2018 estimate put Paris’ population at 24,839, a drop of 332 people.
Deport also experienced a small downward turn in population, down to 563 in 2018 from 578 in 2010. And in Roxton, the population fell by eight since 2010, down to an estimated 642 people, according to the Census Bureau.
Lamar County’s second largest city, Reno, on the other hand, experienced modest population growth, rising from 3,166 in 2010 to 3,316, an increase of 150.
Blossom also saw slight growth over the last eight years, up from 1,494, according to the 2010 count, to an estimated 1,571 in 2018, an increase of 77.
In Red River County, census data indicates that Clarksville shrank slightly, dropping 126 from 3,285 people in the 2010 census to an estimated 3,159 in 2018. Detroit also shrank, going from 732 in 2010 to an estimated 691 last year, a decrease of 41. Bogata’s population loss is estimated at 83, down from 1,153 in 2010 to 1,070 in 2018.
In Fannin County, Bonham saw some growth since the 2010 count, up from 10,127 in 2010 to an estimated 10,372 in 2018, an increase of 245.
Honey Grove also experienced slight growth, going from 1,668 in 2010 to an estimated 1,712, growth of 44.
And in Delta County, Cooper saw a slight increase from 2010 to 2018, growing from 1,969 to an estimated 1,993 in 2018.