The old phrase "Wasn't born in Texas, but got here as fast as I could" apparently still holds true.Texas continues to lead the nation in population growth, led by its urban centers and their suburban surroundings. According to new U.S. Census Bureau data, Texas has 4 of the top 10 fastest-growing counties in the nation. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington region added more residents than any metro area in the country last year--131,467. Among individual counties, Harris County still led the state in population growth, gaining 34,460 residents---third most of any county in the nation.
Other parts of the state saw strong growth as well, including the Midland area, which led the nation in population growth rate last year. Odessa and Austin-Round Rock also ranked among the fastest-growing metro areas in the nation. In fact, most of the fastest-growing counties were in the suburbs surrounding the state's population centers. "The counties that are just outside of Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio all are growing quickly," says Lloyd Potter, Texas State Demographer. "In the Houston area, if you look at Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties, they are growing very significantly as well."
It all adds up to continued growth for the Lone Star State. "In Texas we're adding more people than any other state," says Potter. "Between 2017 and 2018 we added about 1,000 new Texans every day."
As for why all of these people are coming to Texas, Potter cites two major factors--the strong economy and lower cost-of-living than many other states. "You could conceivably come to Texas, take a cut in pay, buy a bigger house, maybe buy a new car, and your wealth is increasing faster than it would if you were still in California," he says.