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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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These are the findings of a Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters released this week.

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In a game-seven-type move by Texas Democrats, the 87th Texas Legislative session was capped off by a last-minute walkout to avoid a final vote on a bill that would add restrictions to voting.

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