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Census Shows Growth In Austin And Central Texas

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

As if all the construction going on around town wasn't enough, the U.S. Census Bureau now has the numbers to back up what we've been seeing: Austin is on the grow.  The newest population estimates indicate that the city of Austin is now ranked as the 11th largest city in the country up from number 13.  Austin's population is now more than 840,000 people.  We added more than 25,000 people between 2011 and 2012, an increase of just over 3%.  Houston and San Antonio added more people than Austin, but they were bigger to start with.


But percentage-wise, everyone got beat out by San Marcos which had a growth spurt of nearly 5% over the same period making it the fastest growing large city in the entire country.  San Marcos, a large city?  It is now with the Census Bureau estimating its population at 50,001 it just squeaked into the large city category.  Remember when Austin used to be the big city surrounded by a lot of small towns.  Now San Marcos, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Pflugerville, and Round Rock all are classified by the census as large cities.


And this growth is going to put more strain on the infrastructure: transportation, public schools, police, city services and utilities-- especially water.  Hopefully all of these can keep up with the growing demand.


By Fred Cantu


 

Census Shows Growth In Austin And Central Texas


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