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Austin metro area population booms with 157 new residents per day

Austin metro area population booms with 157 new residents per day

Downtown Austin skyline in the evening across from Lady Bird Lake
Austin-Round Rock is the No. 3 fastest-growing metro in the U.S. Photo by Kumar Appaiah with Flickr

A new report has confirmed what we already know: A whole bunch of people are moving to Austin. So many, in fact, that Austin is now the fastest-growing metro area in the state and the third-fastest growing metro area in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, the Austin-Round Rock metro area population expanded by 3 percent and reached an estimated total population of 1,943,299.

According to the new data, which comes from the Census Bureau’s annual population estimate program, the Austin-Round Rock metro area gained about 57,496 residents in that year. That's roughly 157 new residents per day.

The only metro areas that grew faster than Austin were Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, which grew by 3.2 percent, and The Villages, Florida, which grew by 5.4 percent. The Villages was the fastest-growing metro area in the country for the second year in a row.

A lot of the Lone Star State is growing quickly too. In addition to Austin, three other Texas metro areas were among the nation’s 20 fastest growing by rate of change. Odessa was No. 4, Midland was No. 9, and Houston was No. 11. 

Texas also had the most counties in the country (11) on the list of the top 50 numerical gainers. Texas also had the two metro areas with the largest numeric increases. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (No. 1) and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (No. 2) were the only metro areas in the country to add more than 100,000 residents between 2013 and 2014.

For the full report, go here.

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