Of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the country, Texas ranked four, and Little Elm, in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, ranked fifth. Austin was colonized in the 1830s by pioneers, although the area has been inhabited since at least 9200 BC. C., that is, more than 11,000 years old. The majority of Austinites who have just graduated from college are young, recent college graduates and members of the baby boom generation who are retiring.
Everyone is attracted to the city's shopping, museums and entertainment, as well as affordable housing. To enjoy university Christmas much closer to home, Austin residents can head downtown, to the University of Texas at Austin, for Longhorn Lights, a new light show Christmas. However, in recent years, construction has not kept pace with population growth, leading to housing shortages and an increase in sales and home prices. Texas was the only state with more than three cities in the 15 fastest-growing large cities and towns based on numerical change and percentage of change.
The Census Bureau showed significant growth in the Austin metropolitan area as a whole, and several of its suburbs are among the fastest-growing cities in the country. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land ranked just behind Austin as the second fastest-growing large metropolitan area, as forecast. For the twelfth consecutive year, the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown metropolitan area was the fastest growing region in the country, among large metropolitan areas. With a projected population growth rate of 13.55 percent (the highest of all metropolitan areas), that means Austin's population over the next five years could increase to more than 2.7 million people.
In the 1880s, Austin gained prominence with the state capital building, which was then the seventh most important building in the world. Austin is already giving up the weight of its population, with overcrowded roads and the third worst traffic congestion in any urban area of the U.S. UU. The projected growth rate of 9.62 percent means that the metro's current population of 7.3 million will expand to more than 8 million people in the next five years.
Demographers believe that Austin will continue its excellent growth in the short term, but the pace it will eventually slow down.