DATA: Dripping Springs' population has doubled in five years, while household incomes in Austin continue to increase

In the city of Austin and Travis County overall, population growth continues to surpass growth across the state. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
In the city of Austin and Travis County overall, population growth continues to surpass growth across the state. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

In the city of Austin and Travis County overall, population growth continues to surpass growth across the state. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest American Community Survey five-year estimates for 2014-19 on Dec. 10, with data showing the latest estimates for city populations, local income and other demographics. According to the census, data is used by local officials and communities to best plan for future changes.

Dripping Springs has also seen substantial growth over the past five years, helping propel Hays County’s growth even above that of Austin and Travis County, while population growth the region continues to surpass growth across the state.

The following charts compare Austin, Dripping Springs, and Sunset Valley data to Travis and Hays counties as well as the state overall.

Local population estimates

In the city of Austin, estimates show that the population has grown to 950,807, an 10.02% increase in the five years since 2014. That compares to 8.31% growth in Texas over that same period.

Within its city limits, Dripping Springs has almost doubled in size since 2014, with 97.27% growth over five years. The city of Sunset Valley has seen its small population drop by an estimated 149 people in five years.


Population by age


The following data shows how the city of Austin's population is divided up based on age, compared to Travis County and the state of Texas.

Median household income

The median income of a household in Austin has increased by 29.63% over the past five years, with households making an estimated $71,576 in the 2019 data. Dripping Springs has seen its median income increase by 38.1%, while Sunset Valley household incomes have stayed about the same.

High school and college education

Almost 90% of individuals 25 years and older in the Austin area have received a high school diploma, almost 7% more than residents across the state.

While 29.9% of individuals in that same age bracket in Texas have graduated from college, that number surpassed 50% in Austin in 2019, according to the census data.

By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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