Texas Getting Bigger Still

The population of Texas grew more since January 2017 than any other state, adding another 494,622 residents, according to new government data.  Florida was number two with 410,347.

According to state demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter the top five cities in growth are “…San Antonio, Dallas, Ft. Worth, and then interestingly just this last year – Frisco, just north of Dallas, entered the top five, and then Austin.”   Frisco, he says, was the top city in America for growth.  Note that Houston didn’t make the list.  “It didn’t make the Top 15,” he says, and there was net-out domestic migration, much of that to nearby suburbs.

The most interesting part of the state’s new population equation, he notes, is the growth in the suburbs of those major cities.  The Texas cities that have grown the fastest, by percentage, are New Braunfels, Pflugerville, Georgetown, and McKinney.  In Houston growth is seen in The Woodlands, Katy, Pearland and Friendswood.

The state that has seen the biggest population decrease in the past year is West Virginia, which just beat out Illinois.

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