• Five Texas cities (Georgetown, New Braunfels, Frisco, Pearland and Pflugerville) rank among top 15 fastest growing in the nation.
  • New York City ranks no. 1 as largest city and city with the largest numeric growth in population.
  • Chicago ranks as no. 3 most populous city but doesn't rank on the list of cities with largest numeric increase.

Everything is bigger in Texas… and it’s growing.

According to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, five of the nation’s 11 fastest growing cities are in the Lone Star State. As of July 2015, the population in one Texas community near Austin upticked by 7.8 percent annually, making it the nation’s fastest growing community. That community, Georgetown, now has a population of about 63,700.

The Austin-Round Rock metro area population is cruising forward at lightning speed, surpassing the 2 million mark in 2015 for the first time ever. And unsurprisingly so, given the region had several area cities make the list of fastest growing cities and towns.

Three of the top five fastest growing cities were reported to be in Texas, and all three of them are suburbs of major cities. New Braunfels, no. 2, is located right outside of San Antonio, and Frisco, no. 3, is outside of Dallas-Fort Worth.


Nation’s most populous cities

most populousThe most populous cities in the country remain fairly unchanged: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago round out the top three. Houston and Philadelphia came in to finish out the top five.

California and Texas dominated the list with four cities each on the top 15 most populous cities list. And while Austin was ranked with the lowest population of the Texas communities, at no. 11, the city may soon pass Dallas at no. 9 due to the area’s rapid growth.

Despite ranking in the top three on the most populous list, Chicago didn’t make it at all to the top 15 list of cities with the largest numeric increase in July 2015 on an annual basis.

New York City took the no. 1 spot and Houston followed just behind. However, the figures are for last year before the decline in oil prices. Still, five Texas cities made the list for largest growth.

Washington D.C. came in no. 14, right in front of San Francisco for the largest numerical increase in July 2015. The population of the nation’s capital is still very small compared with New York City, Houston or Los Angeles.

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