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Census takeaways: 'Boomtown' Austin exploded into the fastest-growing large metro in 2020

Austin has seen explosive growth in the last decade and was the fastest-growing large metro from 2010-2020. (LoneStarMike)

The Austin metro swelled by almost a third and added over half a million residents to become the nation's fastest-growing large metro in the United States from 2010-2020.

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2020 Census: Austin falls short of 1 million people but continues to boom alongside other Texas metros

Austin was one of 14 U.S. metros to grow by more than 100,000 residents from 2010-2020, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. (Sonia Garcia/Austonia)

Instead of topping 1 million, as many expected, the city of Austin grew by just under 172,000 residents from 2010-2020 to reach 961,855 residents in 2020, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Funding gaps and changing demographics: 5 Austin takeaways from the 2020 Census count

The 2020 census was plagued by the pandemic and politics at the state and federal level. But Austin outperformed other cities across Texas in terms of its self-response rate. (Stock photo)

The census occurs every 10 years and determines how trillions of dollars of federal funds are allocated to state and local governments and where district lines are drawn at the local, state and federal levels. "This data is important," Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Officer Julie Wheeler told local elected officials on Tuesday. "It touches every area of our lives."

Although more granular census data won't be available until later this year, the 2020 census is already having an impact on Austinites, from how they will be represented in Congress to confirming its status as a perpetual boomtown.

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