Austin is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States due to its rapid population growth, the influx of new residents and the booming economy. Dan Solomon writes about politics, music, food, sports, criminal justice, healthcare, film and business. For more than thirty years, three of the ten largest cities in the country have been in Texas. New York, LA, A.In 1990, Houston rose to number four, where it has remained ever since.
That same year, San Antonio placed in the top ten for the first time, and Dallas held firm at number eight. The Census Bureau releases its updates throughout the year; in March, new state data revealed that Texas had officially surpassed 30 million residents, making it the second state to cross that threshold. There are still nine million more Californians, but the data states that, yes, Texas really is that big and continues to grow. Alexandra Samuels is a senior editor at Texas Monthly and writes about politics and politics.
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Oversee the travel and style sections of the magazine. We report on vital issues, from politics to education, and are the indispensable authority on the Texas scene, covering all types of topics, from music to cultural events, with insightful recommendations. For the twelfth consecutive year, the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown metropolitan area was the fastest growing region in the country, among large metropolitan areas. This suggests that Texas suburbs are booming even more than cities, and census data confirms this.
While the position of Fort Worth and Austin on a list doesn't change this situation, the census update provides a good opportunity for leaders to recognize that these cities are among the largest in the country today. In other words, Austin ranked in the top ten, but it's hard to say if it will remain there when the Census Bureau releases next year's estimate. Jacksonville, Florida's new number eleven grew at twice the rate of Austin over the same two-year period. Austin, for example, has clung to the identity of a quiet college town when it comes to addressing political issues such as zoning, with important ramifications for housing affordability in the country's tenth largest metropolis.
In a broad sense, it's useful to understand that Fort Worth has grown at a rate nearly four times faster than that of Austin, which is being followed more closely...