The meteoric rise of the San Antonio's population continues skyward. From 2017 to 2018, the metro area added about 120 residents per day, according to recent population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Put another way, the region gained 43,762 residents in just one year, the Census Bureau says. That’s as if the region absorbed a city around the size of Schertz every 365 days.
The population of the San Antonio metro area grew 1.8 percent from 2017 to 2018. On July 1, 2017, the bureau counted an estimated 2,474,274 residents in the San Antonio area. On the same date in 2018, the area's population stood at 2,518,036. The bureau’s estimates take into account people moving into and out of the San Antonio area, as well as births and deaths.
Three counties in the region stood out in the bureau's report.
Bexar County ranked ninth among U.S. counties for numerical growth in population. The number of residents jumped by 27,208, from 1,958,841 in 2017 to 1,986,049 in 2018.
In that same period, Comal County ranked sixth among U.S. counties for percentage growth in population. The number of residents jumped 36.8 percent, from 108,485 to 148,373. And in seventh place for percentage population growth among U.S. counties from 2017 to 2018 was Kendall County. The number of residents soared 36.6 percent, from 33,411 to 45,641.
Elsewhere in Texas:
- Dallas-Fort Worth led U.S. metro areas for numeric growth in population from 2017 to 2018, adding 131,767 residents. In just one year, the region’s population rocketed from 7,407,944 to 7,539,711 (1.8 percent).
- The Austin metro area's population grew 2.5 percent from 2017 to 2018, going from 2,115,230 to 2,168,316, an added 53,086 residents.
- Houston's metro area grew by 91,689 residents from 2017 to 2018. The region's population increased from 6,905,695 to 6,997,384.