Major Metropolitan Areas of Texas Remain Among the Fastest-Growing in the U.S.
The major metropolitan areas of Texas remain among the fastest-growing in the U.S. — Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land ranks first, and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is third — according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
But the counties that make up those metro areas grow in vastly different ways. While most of the suburban counties grew primarily through domestic migration, the central-city counties relied much more on natural increase — births minus deaths — and none more than Dallas.
Half of Collin County’s growth in the year that ended in July 2013 came from people moving in from other parts of the U.S., and in Denton, almost 60 percent moved in.
Dallas County added close to 27,000 residents from July 2012 to July 2013, almost all of them — more than 24,000 — through natural increase, the Census Bureau reported. More than 9,000 arrived from other countries. In domestic migration, though, far more people moved out of Dallas County — a net loss of almost 6,000 — than moved in.
“If you look at state-level data over the last several decades in Texas, you find that about half of the growth is through natural increase. The other half would be migration, equally divided between domestic and international,” said Dr. Steve Murdock, former head of the Census Bureau and now director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University.