Whether it’s because Tarleton State University is growing or the many amenities Stephenville and Erath County have to offer, population has been on the rise over the past 10 years with Stephenville being ranked as one of the top 20 fastest growing cities in Texas.

An article released last month by Save On Energy lists the top 20 cities that are growing rapidly in the state, Stephenville being number 12 on that list.

“Thanks to its agribusiness and rural aspects, Stephenville is known as the Cowboy Capital of the World," the article states. "The city is home to Tarleton State University, numerous sports leagues, youth programs, museums, places of worship and more than 18,000 residents.”

The data was collected over a five-year period from the U.S. Census. Some other cities included in that list are San Marcos, College Station, Huntsville, Mineral Wells and Denton.

According to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission website, in 2010 Stephenville’s population was estimated at 17,123 with the last recorded estimate at 19,374 in 2014.

But Stephenville isn’t the only population growing, the county as a whole has shown an increase over the past 10 years with more estimated growth in coming years. There was only one year where the population actually decreased, 2013-14.

Here is a breakdown of Erath County’s population growth from the Texas Department of State Health Services website:

2006 - 34,308 2007 - 35,148 2008 - 35,283 2009 - 35,809 2010 - 37, 890 2011 - 38,621 2012 - 39,208 2013 - 39,862 2014 - 39,198 (decrease here) 2015 - 39,534 2016 - 39,942 The estimated population for 2017 is 40,353 and for 2018 and estimated 40,787.

“The Center for Health Statistics uses the 1.0 migration scenario, which is based on migration patterns of the 2000-2010 period,” the TDSH site reads.