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Census Bureau: Four Texas Metro Areas Collectively Add 400,000+ People in Last Year
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 6:35 AM

Four Texas metro areas together added more people last year than any state in the country except for Texas as a whole, according to new U.S. Census Bureau population estimates. The population in these four metro areas increased by more than 400,000 people from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015.

The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro areas added about 159,000 and 145,000 residents, respectively, the largest gains of any metro areas in the nation. Two additional Texas metro areas adjacent to each other─Austin-Round Rock and San Antonio-New Braunfels─were each also among the 16 nationwide to gain 50,000 or more people over the period.

These four Texas metro areas collectively added about 412,000 people. Texas as a whole gained about 490,000.

The statistics provide population estimates for our nation’s 381 metropolitan statistical areas, 536 micropolitan statistical areas, and 3,142 counties.

Eight counties drove Texas’ metro area growth and were among the 20 counties nationwide that gained the most population between 2014 and 2015. Altogether, they added 306,736 people:

  • The Dallas metro area contained four of these counties: Tarrant, Dallas, Collin, and Denton.
  • The Houston metro area contained two: Harris, which led the nation by gaining more than 90,000 people, and Fort Bend.
  • Bexar, in the San Antonio metro area.
  • Travis, in the Austin metro area.

Florida, Texas and Coastal Carolinas Dominate List of Fastest-Growing Metro Areas

The Villages, Fla., a metro area west of the Orlando metro area, was the nation’s fastest-growing metro area for the third year in a row, as its population increased 4.3 percent between 2014 and 2015. It was joined in the top 20 by five others in the Sunshine State: Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Punta Gorda, North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford and Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island. 

Five Texas metros—Midland, Odessa, Austin, College Station-Bryan and Houston—were also among the 20 fastest growing between 2014 and 2015.

In addition to growth in several metro areas in Florida and Texas, three metro areas partially or completely within South Carolina were among the 20 fastest growing between 2014 and 2015:

Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.-N.C. (which ranked second nationally), Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, and Charleston-North Charleston.