Census: Austin welcomed 160 people per day in 2015-16, ranking ninth nationally

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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.


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Top 25 fastest-growing metropolitan areas (in percent change) from July 1, 2015-July 1, 2016


Net domestic migration

This infographic shows a visual representation of net domestic migration by county. (via Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)

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.

Click here for an interactive spreadsheet of the fastest growing Texas counties.

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JJ Velasquez
The Central Austin editor since 2016, JJ covers city government and other topics of community interest—when he's not editing the work of his prolific writers. He began his tenure at Community Impact Newspaper as the reporter for its San Marcos | Buda | Kyle edition covering local government and public education. The Laredo, Texas native is also a web developer whose mission is to make the internet a friendly place for finding objective and engaging news content.
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