AUSTIN, Texas — According to the U.S. Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday, Texas took four out of the top 10 spots for counties that gained the most residents in a year.
And the Austin-Round Rock metro area is part of that growth. According to the census data, the Austin-Round Rock area grew by over 53,000 people between 2017 and 2018, with the population going from 2,115,230 in July 2017 to 2,168,316 in July 2018. That growth makes the area the seventh overall in top U.S. metro areas in terms of numeric growth.
The area is also No. 9 on the list of metro area growth from 2010 to 2018 and No. 3 on the list for overall percentage growth for a metro area across those eight years. In April 2010, the Austin-Round Rock area's population was estimated at 1,716,321. But by July 2018, the area had grown by over 451,000 – or 26.3% – to the 2.1 million we see now.
Two Texas counties also made it into the "Top 10 Most Populous Counties": Harris County, with 4,698,619 residents and Dallas County, with 2,637,772 residents.
Harris, Collin, Tarrant and Bexar counties made the list of "Top 10 Counties in Numeric Growth" from 2017 to 2018 and Comal, Kaufman, Midland and Hood counties made the list of "Top 10 Counties in Percentage Growth" for that same year.
The Dallas-Fort-Worth-Arlington and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland areas both made the list for "Top 10 Most Populous Metropolitan Areas" in 2018, at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. The DFW-Arlington area also topped the list for metropolitan areas in numeric growth from 2017 to 2018, growing by over 131,000.
Also of note: Two of the fastest-growing metro areas in 2018 are in Texas. Midland topped the list, with 4.3% growth (7,383) and Odessa was No. 5, with 3.2% growth (4,951).
To read more of the census findings, click here.
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