Tyler's population breaks 100,000 barrier


POSTED: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 6:50pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 14, 2014 - 7:06pm

It's official. Tyler has grown.

The U.S. census says the population is more than 100,000. Local shop owners are excited to see the city grow.

Pam Gabriel has lived in Tyler her whole life. She remembers thinking about the size of her city at a young age.

"I remember as a child thinking, wow, will we ever get to 100,000?" Gabriel said.

Now, population means more to her than just a big number. Today, she is the owner of a shop called Sweet Gourmet.

"It was just something Tyler needed more of...a specialty store where you could get things that were hard to find...all these things in the big cities...People were driving to Dallas to get them, and there's no reason for that to happen," Gabriel said.

Tyler's population has gone up by almost 3.5% since 2010, and Gabriel watched it grow.

"I've watched when the mall came in...you know when the French Quarter was built..since it progressed out south." Gabriel said

It continues to progress. More people may mean more money for the city.

Some retailers will only open stores in cities witha population of more than 100,000 people. This means Tyler could see new businesses opening in the area.

"It will make us attractive to a variety of other companies and other projects that would not consider us unless we were over that
100,000 mark," said Tyler Chamber of Commerce President, Tom Mullins.

The downside to more people?

"Communities grow. That generates other problems to the area...traffic congestion or increased prices. There's a lot of investment in real estate, housing and that type of thing," said Mullins.

Gabriel said she wasn't concerned.

"Let them come...we've got plenty of room," said Gabriel.  

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