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San Antonio sees huge surge in millennial population

San Antonio sees huge surge in millennial population

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San Antonio saw a massive spike in millennials from 2010-2015. City of San Antonio - Municipal Government/Facebook

The San Antonio metro area — and Texas in general — saw some of the biggest millennial migrations in the country from 2010 to 2015, according to a new report.

Published by the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan research group, the report shows the San Antonio area experienced a 14.4 percent spike in its millennial population (age 18 to 34) from 2010 to 2015. On a percentage basis, that was the second highest increase during that period among the country’s 100 largest metro areas.

At No. 6 on that list is the Austin area, which witnessed a 11.8 percent jump in its millennial population from 2010 to 2015, the report says.

From a numeric standpoint, the San Antonio area gained the fifth most Hispanic millennials — 45,663 — from 2010 to 2015. Houston stood in fourth place in that category, with an influx of 48,875 Hispanic millennials from 2010 to 2015.

Here are some other statistics from the report for Texas’ major metro areas:

  • In 2015, Austin had the second highest share of millennials (27.2 percent) among the country’s 100 largest metro areas.
  • Austin has among the lowest percentage older millennials living in poverty (11 percent).
  • Dallas-Fort Worth had the sixth highest number of white millennials (720,776) in 2015.
  • Houston ranked first for the total number of white millennials gained (46,785) from 2010 to 2015, and DFW ranked second (31,965).
  • Houston had the seventh largest number of black millennials (300,845) in 2015. 
  • Houston had the third largest number of Hispanic millennials (665,537) in 2015, with DFW in seventh place (553,216).
  • Houston experienced the fourth largest influx of Asian millennials (29,759) from 2010 to 2015, and DFW stood in sixth place (27,314).

Texas is one of 10 states where racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half of the millennial population, the report says. These are the racial and ethnic breakdowns for millennials in Texas’ four largest metro areas.

Austin

  • Asian millennials — 6.3 percent
  • Black millennials — 7.3 percent
  • Hispanic millennials — 35.3 percent
  • White millennials — 48.9 percent

Dallas-Fort Worth

  • Asian millennials — 7.1 percent
  • Black millennials — 16.5 percent
  • Hispanic millennials — 32.3 percent
  • White millennials — 42 percent

Houston

  • Asian millennials — 7.9 percent
  • Black millennials — 18.2 percent
  • Hispanic millennials — 18.7 percent
  • White millennials — 32.1 percent

San Antonio

  • Asian millennials — 2.9 percent
  • Black millennials — 7.1 percent
  • Hispanic millennials — 58.5 percent
  • White millennials — 29.7 percent