Census data shows Austin added more than 177,000 residents over the last decade, fifth most in the nation

New population data from the U.S. Census Bureau released May 20 shows Austin added 177,000 residents from 2010 to 2019. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
New population data from the U.S. Census Bureau released May 20 shows Austin added 177,000 residents from 2010 to 2019. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

New population data from the U.S. Census Bureau released May 20 shows Austin added 177,000 residents from 2010 to 2019. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Between 2010 and 2019, Austin went from the 14th-largest city in the U.S. to the 11th largest and added more residents than all but four American cities, according to U.S. Census Bureau data released late May 20.

Austin went from 801,829 residents on April 1, 2010, to 978,908 residents on July 1, 2019, according to the data. That increase of 177,079 residents only trailed Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio and Los Angeles as the most in the country.


Four of the six cities that added the most residents in the decade are located in Texas: Houston, San Antonio, Austin and Fort Worth. Dallas added the ninth-most residents in the U.S., with an increase of 145,014.

Texas also peppered the list of the fastest-growing large cities in the U.S. through the decade. According to the new census data, Frisco is the fastest-growing city with a population over 50,000 in the country, increasing its population to 200,490 in 2019 and growing by 71.1% over the decade.

Three Central Texas cities were also on the fastest-growing list. New Braunfels ranked third with a rate of 56.4%, Cedar Park was seventh at 44.2% and Round Rock was 13th at 33.3%.

Meanwhile, the process to gather responses for the 2020 census continues. As of May 15, two months after the first mailer went to every mailbox, 56.84% of Central Texas homes have completed the survey.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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