Austin Among Top U.S. Cities Where People Want to Live

The Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area was the nation’s ninth-fastest growing metro last year and the most-populated location among the 15 fastest-growing metros, according to 2015-16 data released today from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The latest Census population estimate reports that 58,301 new residents moved to the Austin metro from July 2015 to July 2016, or roughly 160 new residents a day. Williamson County added 57 new residents per day and Travis County increased by 67 per day, according to the data.

The Austin metro grew from 1.99 million in 2015 to 2.06 million in 2016, an increase of 58,301 people, or a 2.92-percent increase. Of the top 10, Austin is the only area with a population greater than 1 million.

1 The Villages, FL 118,882 123,996 4.30%
2 Myrtle Beach, SC-NC 432,493 449,295 3.88%
3 Bend-Redmond, OR 174,942 181,307 3.64%
4 Greeley, CO 285,053 294,932 3.47%
5 Fort Myers, FL 700,285 722,336 3.15%
6 St. George, UT 155,450 160,245 3.08%
7 Provo-Orem, UT 585,362 603,309 3.07%
8 Punta Gorda, FL 173,194 178,465 3.04%
9 Austin-Round Rock, TX 1,998,104 2,056,405 2.92%
10 Bradenton, FL 768,013 788,457


Here are other takeaways from the 2015-16 population data:

  • Among the 40,273 migrants to the Austin area during the one-year span, 33,395 moved to the city from other parts of the U.S., and 6,878 were international.
  • Williamson and Travis counties rank 4th and 31st, respectively, among fastest-growing Texas counties. Williamson ranked 14th overall in the country. Nationally, Hays and Comal counties ranked 3rd and 6th, respectively.
  • There were a total of 27,375 births in the Austin metro area and 10,304 deaths.
  • Texas gained lots of new inhabitants from 2015-16. The Austin metro area ranked 9th in the amount of people gained, and Dallas and Houston placed 1st and 2nd, respectively. San Antonio was 13th among metropolitan areas with the highest numerical increase in new residents. Overall, those areas combined increased population by an estimated total of 374,647.

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