Fastest Growing Central Texas Cities with More than 2,500 Population

Source: Census Bureau, Population Estimates<>.

 The 2010 headcount will be used to adjust apportionment of congressional seats and the preview provided by the 2009 estimates has been said to indicate that Texas will gain four congressional seats with reapportionment. On the occasion of the release of the 2009 place estimates, the Brookings Institution noted<> that “the 2010 census may yet hold some surprises, as was the case in 2000 when the Census Bureau counted more than six million ‘unexpected’ people. If this count again uncovers larger-than-expected numbers of Hispanics and city dwellers, everything may indeed be bigger in Texas.”

 Brookings also noted that the new numbers mirror indications seen in earlier releases of the abrupt slowdown in late decade population growth in other parts of the Sunbelt due to the migration slowdown associated with the housing market crisis and recession. Reflecting the state’s relatively muted experience of the housing downturn, four of the six cities adding the most population in the second half of the decade are in Texas. They also say that “the Lone Star surge was particularly pronounced from 2008 to 2009. During that year five Texas cities ranked among the top nine in numeric gains, and five ranked among the top eleven in growth rates.”

Largest Population Gains in Cities*

*July 2000 to July 2005, July 2005 to July 2009, April 2000 to July 2009.

Source: Brookings Institution, “Texas Gains, Suburbs Lose in 2010 Census Preview<>. 

Fastest Growing Among the 50 Largest U.S. Cities

Source: Census Bureau, Population Estimates<>

Annual Population Change, Largest Texas Cities

 Source: Census Bureau, Population Estimates<>