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Houston Leads the Nation in Population Growth — Again

Texas added more people last year than any other state, according to new population estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released last week (March 24, 2016). Overall, the state added nearly half a million people (490,000). Greater Houston had the largest gain of any metro area in the nation, adding about 159,000 people, according to data […]

Texas Population Growth Chart - US Census BureauTexas added more people last year than any other state, according to new population estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released last week (March 24, 2016).

Overall, the state added nearly half a million people (490,000). Greater Houston had the largest gain of any metro area in the nation, adding about 159,000 people, according to data collected from July 2014 to July 2015. Second on the list, nationally, was Dallas/Fort Worth, which added 144,000 people in that span.

At a press conference last week, Texas State Demographer Lloyd Potter explained the growth is due to people moving from states like California and Florida but also a continued influx from other countries, including many from Asian countries like China and India.

The numbers are the latest confirmation of what we’ve known for some time: Texas (and especially Houston) are growing fast. That fact is part of why U.S. Census Bureau director John Thompson says his agency chose Greater Houston as one of two sites being used to test how the agency will use technology, such as the Internet, to collect data from the public for the 2020 census.

During the test, more than 200,000 households in Harris County will receive a notice asking them to provide information – such as their age and the number of people that live in their home. Thompson says if a significant part of the U.S. population answers the questionnaire through the Internet, his agency could both reduce costs and improve accuracy.

MORE:
Greater Houston Area Has Largest Population Gain (News 88.7, March 24, 2015)
Federal Government Conducts Test In Harris County For The 2020 Census (News 88.7, March 25, 2016)

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