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5 Texas Cities Among Top 10 In Country For Population Gain

Jimmy Emerson
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The U.S. Census Bureau says five Texas cities are among the country's top 10 in population gain, and San Marcos is the fastest-growing in the nation for the third consecutive year.

Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas and Fort Worth each added 18,000 to 36,000 people between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014. San Marcos saw its population grow 7.9 percent between 2013 and 2014 to almost 59,000 people.

The Census Bureau reports that until this year, Texas was the only state with three cities — Houston, San Antonio and Dallas— with 1 million or more people. California has now joined Texas with that distinction.

The Texas Tribune reports:

As Texas' population surged by 1.8 million people from 2010 to 2014, the state's suburban population growth outpaced growth in major metropolitan areas, census figures show. New estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau spotlighted the fastest-growing areas of Texas that are supporting projections that the state's population will double by 2050. ... Among Texas cities with a population larger than 50,000, San Marcos ranked as the fastest-growing. Its population grew by 31 percent from 44,894 in 2010 to 58,892 in 2014, making up almost a third of the population of Hays County, which is among the  fastest-growing U.S. counties. Nationally, San Marcos was ranked as the fastest-growing city in the nation for the third consecutive year.