Central Texas baby boom: Austin among fastest-growing family towns

Sep 18, 2014
Austin Business Journal

Is Austin in the midst of a baby boom? A demographic study commissioned by Forbes shows that the Austin area has the second-highest percentage increase in children since the turn of the century

According to the data, the Austin metro area saw a 49.3 percent increase in the number of children aged between 5 and 14 years between 2000-2013. As of last year, the number of children in that age bracket in the region stood at 261,199, according to Forbes. That's roughly 14 percent of the Austin-area population

Forbes chose the 5-14 age bracket because, as Joel Kotkin notes in the piece, "it encompasses when parents often move due to such issues as school quality, the cost of housing and long-term economic security."

Topping the list is Raleigh, North Carolina, which saw a 55.7 percent increase in the number of children between 5-14 over the past 13 years. There, 177,866 school-aged tykes make up 14.6 percent of the total population

Austin was not the lone Texas contender on the list. The Dallas-Fort Worth area was ranked No. 6 on the list, and Houston came in at No. 8

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