Austin fastest-growing big city in U.S., latest Census data shows

Mar 31, 2014
Austin Business Journal

The U.S. Census' latest population estimates peg Austin as the fastest growing large metro area in the country


CNN reports that the data, which charts population grown between July 2012 and July 2013, saw the Austin metro area grow by 2.6 percent, or 47,941 to a population of 1.9 million residents. Houston and San Antonio are also in the top 10 nationwide for population growth


Austin demographer Ryan Robinson told CNN that the city's "cultural vibrancy" is helping to drive the economy


Then there are the jobs, of course, which are luring those new residents. The report notes that the unemployment rate in the metro area fell to 4.7 percent in January, the lowest unemployment rate for cities with a population of more than one million


Many of those  new residents are settling in neighborhoods to the north and west of the city, driving growth in Williamson County, in particular


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