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Austin Ranks in Top 20 Metro Areas for Population Growth, Says U.S. Census

Texas cities dominate yearly report in number and rate of gains

Four Texas metro areas, including Austin's, ranked in the top 20 for population growth last year, according to a U.S. Census Report released today. The four added a total of 400,000 people between July 1, 2014, and July 1, 2015.

Houston (with includes the Woodlands and Sugar Land) topped the list, with a population gain of 159,083; Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington came in second, adding 144,704. Atlanta, Ga., Phoenix, Az., and New York, NY-New Jersey-Pennsylvania ranked third through fifth, respectively.

The Austin-Round Rock Area gained 57,395 people, while San Antonio-New Braunfels added 51,285. Those four areas combined gained approximately 400,000 people, more than any state except Texas itself, according to the report.

Austin also ranked in the top 20 fastest-growing areas for the period, along with Midland, Odessa, College Station-Bryan, and Houston — though cities in Florida took the highest number of spots in that category. However, Houston, Austin, and Orlando were the only cities in ranked in the Census' top 20 for both total population gain and growth rate.