Census Bureau Confirms What We Already Know, Texas is Magnet for Population Growth

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Four of the top five fastest growing cities are in Texas according to figures released today by the US Census Bureau. The statistic measured growth between July 1, 2015, and July 1, 2016 for cities over 50,000 residents. It’s based on percentage growth, not actual people-based growth.

As is always the case with percentage numbers, the ones with the smallest starting point tended to show larger percent increases.  This sample was for cities over 50,000 residents.  Only three of the top 15 were larger than 100,000, two of which were McKinney and Frisco … the third was Nashville suburb Murfreesboro, Tenn.

In hard numbers, the City of Dallas added 20,602 residents during the time frame.  Were Frisco (163,656) or McKinney (172,398) to add that many people, their growth rate would have essentially doubled.

Of cities with the largest population increases, Dallas ranked sixth, beaten by San Antonio’s 24,473 additional residents. San Antonio had the third largest population growth beaten by Los Angeles and Phoenix.  Neighboring Fort Worth followed Dallas into seventh place with 19,942 additional residents added between July 2015 and July 2016.

Just adding up what was reported between July 2015 to July 2016, these four Metroplex cities added over 60,000 new residents.  And we all know there are a lot more cities and towns within the area that didn’t make this list.  In fact, Dallas and Fort Worth alone had a 2016 combined population of 2,172,042 residents.

This is all to say that you’d better get a move on if you want your pick of the beer, burgers, and hot dogs this Memorial Day weekend.  You’ve got more competition that ever.

Remember:  High-rises, HOAs and renovation are my beat. But I also appreciate modern and historical architecture balanced against the YIMBY movement.  If you’re interested in hosting a Candysdirt.com Staff Meeting event, I’m your guy. In 2016, my writing was recognized with Bronze and Silver awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.  Have a story to tell or a marriage proposal to make?  Shoot me an email sharewithjon@candysdirt.com.


Jon Anderson

Jon Anderson is CandysDirt.com's condo/HOA and developer columnist, but also covers second home trends on SecondShelters.com. An award-winning columnist, Jon has earned silver and bronze awards for his columns from the National Association of Real Estate Editors in both 2016, 2017 and 2018. When he isn't in Hawaii, Jon enjoys life in the sky in Dallas.

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