Travis County had baby fever after being forced to quarantine, according to The Census Bureau's 2020 population estimates that show the area has a natural increase, or births minus deaths, of 6.74 people per 1,000.
The data shows the difference in natural increase between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, which includes a portion of last year when COVID-19 was in rapid swing. The virus was the third leading cause of death nationwide and in Travis County in 2020, falling behind heart disease.
Data from Census Bureau. (Graph by Laura Figi)
The silver lining: Austinites in Travis County are keeping the population afloat the old-fashioned way. Travis County had the second smallest increase of surrounding counties, but more than triple the needed total fertility rate, 2.1%, to keep the population stable assuming no migration occurs.
According to the Austin Chamber, the Austin metro area is still sustained largely by domestic migration. Of the leading factors of growth in Austin, about 76% percent comes from net migration and about 24% comes from natural increase.
All that to say, Travis County is continuing to grow as Austin tops the charts as the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the county.
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As the Bay Area hemorrhages professionals in the tech industry and tech companies are clamoring for Texas' lower taxes, untapped land and rapidly growing population, it might seem like Austin's tech sector is exploding.
But in the midst of COVID-19 and remote work, a LinkedIn study shows many young professionals are getting a 'lightbulb moment' to move to emerging tech hubs, not established ones like San Francisco, New York City or even Austin.
The city actually lost tech sector employees over the last year, despite money moves from companies like Tesla and Oracle. Austin had a -8% year-over-year change in tech workers this past year. Young professionals working in IT and software services instead made Miami, Houston and Dallas home after getting their foot in the door of a career.
The data also shows the Bay Area lost the most tech workers, consistent with California's declining population in 2020 revealed last week.
Austin need not be concerned about it's tech decline though—companies need much more variety than just tech workers on staff. For every 10,000 new LinkedIn members in April, 119 of them were in Austin, by far the highest on the list.
This study comes after the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown area saw the third-largest growth by percentage in the U.S. over the last 10 years, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Austin also ranked No. 2 for digital nomads to live, or people who hop from place to place working remotely.