Texas Cities Lead Nation in Population Growth, Census Bureau Reports

Texas Cities Lead Nation in Population Growth, Census Bureau Reports


WASHINGTON, May 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Eight of the 15
fastest-growing large U.S. cities and towns for the year ending July 1, 2012
were in Texas, according to population estimates released today by the U.S.
Census Bureau. The Lone Star State also stood out in terms of the size of
population growth, with five of the 10 cities and towns that added the most
people over the year.










The fastest-growing municipalities are spread across Texas, from the High Plains of
West Texas to the Houston suburbs. San Marcos, along the Interstate 35 corridor
between Austin and San Antonio, had the highest rate of growth among all U.S.
cities and towns with at least 50,000 people. Its population rose 4.9 percent
between 2011 and 2012. Completing the top five nationwide were Midland and Cedar
Park, both in Texas; South Jordan, Utah; and Clarksville, Tenn. No state other
than Texas had more than one city on the list of the 15 fastest-growing large
cities and towns. However, all but one were in the South or West. (See

Table 1 for
complete list:




Texas cities that added the most people included Houston, San Antonio, Austin,
Dallas and Fort Worth. New York, the nation’s largest city, topped the list and
was the only city among the top 15 outside the South or West. It added 67,058
people over the year. Three cities were in California: Los Angeles, San Diego
and San Jose. (
Table 2 for complete list:




York continued to be the nation’s most populous city by a wide margin, with 8.3
million residents in 2012, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago. The composition
of the list of the 15 most populous cities has remained unchanged since last
year; however, the list’s order has changed slightly. Between 2011 and 2012,
Austin moved up from 13th to 11th in total population, supplanting Jacksonville,
Fla., while Indianapolis moved down from 12th to 13th. Texas and California each
had four cities on the list in both years. (See

Table 3 for
complete list:




estimates released today cover all local governmental units, including
incorporated places (like cities and towns), minor civil divisions (such as
townships) and consolidated cities (government units for which the functions of
an incorporated place and its parent county have merged).


      Other highlights:

  • Of the 19,516 incorporated places in the United States, only 3.7 percent
    (726) had populations of 50,000 or more in 2012.

  • Nine areas surpassed the 50,000-population mark between 2011 and 2012,
    including four in the West, four in the South, and one in the Northeast. The
    Western areas were Lehi, Utah (51,173); Kirkland, Wash. (50,697); Gilroy,
    Calif. (50,660); and Palm Desert, Calif. (50,013). Those in the South
    included Harrisonburg, Va. (50,981); Bradenton, Fla. (50,672); Southaven,
    Miss. (50,374); and San Marcos, Texas (50,001). Plainfield, N.J. (50,244) in
    the Northeast also crossed the mark.

  • Two local governmental units dropped below the 50,000 threshold between 2011
    and 2012. Troy, N.Y., declined from 50,072 in 2011 to 49,946 in 2012, with
    Joplin, Mo. falling from 50,475 to 49,526. Joplin was struck by a
    devastating tornado in May 2011.


more information about the geographic areas for which the Census Bureau produces
population estimates, see



population clock, one of the most widely visited features of the census.gov
website, displays continuously updated projections of the total U.S. population,
including the rate of births, deaths and net migration for the United States.
The projections are based on a monthly time series of population estimates
starting with the April 1, 2010, resident population count derived from the 2010
Census. Additionally, users can access tables displaying the most populous
states, cities and counties in the United States.


CB13-94: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/population/cb13-94.html
Detailed tables: http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchresults.xhtml?refresh=t
Ranking tables: www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/news_conferences/20130523_subcounty_popest.html#ranking
Methodology: http://www.census.gov/popest/methodology/2012-su-meth.pdf
State contacts: http://www.census.gov/population/www/coop/contacts.html
Population clock: http://www.census.gov/popclock/


Robert Bernstein
Public Information Office



SOURCE  U.S. Census Bureau 

Texas Cities Lead Nation in Population Growth, Census Bureau Reports