After falling just short of the 1 million mark in the 2020 U.S. Census, Austin has become the biggest city to challenge the Census Bureau's findings in an appeal sent last week.
City officials believe Austin has more than the 961,855 residents tallied in the census due to 7,000 housing units that were missed in the once-a-decade count.
Austin city demographer Lila Valencia told AP she mostly associates this with new housing units that were misplaced in the rapidly-growing metro.
“We are one of the fastest-growing regions in the country,” Valencia said. “Any region growing as fast as Austin is going to be hard to count.”
Aided by the tech exodus—including the relocation of Elon Musk's Tesla factory to Travis County—an outpouring of remote work to the city and the promise of relatively cheap living, Austin swelled by 21.7% from 2010-2020. As the 11th largest city, the city grew faster than all top 50 cities in the U.S. except for Fort Worth.
Just nearby, two Austin suburbs—Georgetown and Leander—were named the fastest-growing cities in the U.S. in 2020 alone.
The appeal comes after the Bureau reported that Texas was undercounted by 1.9%, or around 560,000 residents, in the 2020 count.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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