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Texas metros see enormous growth while widespread US population declines

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While 73% of counties in America experienced a “natural decrease” in 2021, which was caused by a lowered birth rate and increased mortality, not a single one of them was in the Austin area.


Texas had an enormous year for growth, containing half of the counties that saw the largest net population from 2020-2021, according to the Census Bureau.

Austin saw the fourth-most growth in the country, trailing behind the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area at No. 1, the Phoenix area at No. 2 and the Houston metroplex at No. 3. The Austin metro grew by 53,301 people.

The highlights:

    • Williamson County took fifth place for numeric growth, gaining 27,760 and reaching a population of 609,017.
    • Bastrop County surpassed 100,000 residents.
    • Americans are moving from cities to smaller suburbs—65% of counties saw population increase from 2020-2021.
    Meanwhile, across the country, every county in Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island experienced a natural decrease. Alaska, Louisiana and Illinois all saw the highest net domestic migration loss.

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