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Surprising Austin neighbor named the fastest-growing city in America

Surprising Austin neighbor named the fastest-growing city in America

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Georgetown is the fastest-growing city in America. Photo courtesy of City of Georgetown

It's been hinted at before, but the numbers keep confirming that Texas is growing by leaps and bounds. In the latest study from the U.S. Census Bureau, five of the nation's 11 fastest-growing cities are in the Lone Star State.

And who tops them all? Georgetown. The charming city less than an hour outside of Austin saw its population rise 7.8 percent between mid-2014 and mid-2015, making it the nation’s fastest-growing city with a population of 50,000 or more.

Nearby New Braunfels and Pflugerville are also on the list. New Braunfels claims the second spot with a 6.6 percent population increase, and Pflugerville barely misses the top 10 with a 4.5 increase. Other booming Texas cities include Frisco near Dallas (No. 4) and Pearland near Houston (No. 7). 

In 2015, Austin crossed the 2 million population threshold for the first time and is predicted to hit 3 million by 2030. During this period, however, the Capital City added more people (19,000) than all but seven other U.S. cities.

Turns out Texas isn't so far behind New York City, either. Houston comes in right behind the Big Apple on the list of largest numeric increases for cities with a population of 50,000 or more, having added 40,032 people by July 1, 2015.

San Antonio takes fourth (29,536 new residents), Fort Worth sixth (19,894), Dallas seventh (19,642), and Austin eighth (19,117).

Houston is crowned the most populous city in Texas, and second nationally only to NYC. San Antonio isn't far behind at No. 7, and Dallas manages to sneak in at No. 9. Austin misses the top 10 by about 70,000 residents.

Arlington rejoined the list of the 50 most populous cities, displacing Cleveland.