The city of Tigard has hit a milestone.

For the first time in its history, the city is now home to more than 50,000 residents.

According to new estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city has expanded to 50,444 residents as of July 2013.

In 2010, when the last census was taken, Tigard had 48,035 residents.

It’s a major threshold for a city to pass, said Liz Newton, Tigard’s assistant city manager. Tigard is the third city in Washington County to surpass the 50,000 mark, joining Hillsboro and Beaverton.

Tigard has seen about 5 percent growth since 2010.

The city will now qualify for additional grant money from the state and federal government.

One of those grants is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s community development block grant.

The grant program provides annual cash for affordable housing and other projects. The state allocates CDBG grant money to cities with less than 50,000 residents, but Tigard will now have access to the grants directly from HUD, without competing against the rest of the state.

Tigard joins a small club of cities with populations that high. Less than 4 percent of all cities in the country have more than 50,000 residents.

Newton said the city was looking into what other grant programs and funding sources it is now eligible for.

Welcome to the club

Tigard isn’t alone in joining the 50,000 club this year.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s estimates, 12 other cities across the country surpassed 50,000 residents in 2013:

• Ankeny, Iowa (51,567)

• Enid, Okla. (50,725)

• Palm Desert, Calif. (50,508)

• Huntersville, N.C. (50,458)

Tigard, Ore. (50,444)

• Lenexa, Kan. (50,344)

• Kentwood, Mich. (50,233)

• Doral, Fla. (50,213)

• Apple Valley, Minn. (50,201)

• Grapevine, Texas (50,195)

• Aliso Viejo, Calif. (50,175)

• Sammamish, Wash. (50,169)

• Dublin, Calif. (52,105)

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