2 booming Austin suburbs led nation for population growth last decade

In two Austin suburbs, population growth boomed from 2010 to 2019.

Data released by the US Census Bureau on May 21 shows that Cedar Park and Round Rock were the seventh and 13th fastest growing cities, respectively, of US cities with a population of 50,000 or more.

Cedar Park’s population rose 44.2 percent from April 2010 to July 2019, according to the Census Bureau. As of July 1, 2019, the population of Cedar Park was 79,462. During that period, Round Rock’s population grew 33.3 percent. As of July 1, 2019, the population was 133,372.

In the Lone Star State, four other cities in Texas were on the Census Bureau’s list:

  • Frisco (DFW), No. 1 – 71.1 percent growth, 200,490 inhabitants in July 2019

  • New Braunfels, San Antonio, No. 3 – 56.1 percent growth, July 2019 population of 90,209

  • McKinney (DFW), No. 4 – 51.9 percent growth, July 2019 population of 199,177

  • Conroe, Houston, No. 9 – 39.3 percent growth, 91,079 residents as of July 2019

In terms of population numerical change, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio all increased their population by nearly 933,600 people from 2010 to 2019, according to the Census Bureau. All five cities were among the 15 US cities with the largest population growth in the last decade:

  • Houston, No. 2-224,751

  • San Antonio, No. 3 – 221.092

  • Austin, No. 5-177.079

  • Fort Worth, No. 6 – 164,761

  • Dallas, No. 9 – 145.915

From 2018 to 2019 alone, Leander was the fastest growing city in the United States and recorded a population increase of 12 percent. In terms of numerical change in 2018-19, San Antonio came in second (17,237), followed by Austin (16,439) in third and Fort Worth (16,369) in fourth.

According to the Census Bureau, two cities in Texas exceeded the 50,000 population limit in 2019: the DFW suburb of Little Elm (53,126) and the Houston suburb of Texas City (50,094).

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