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This booming San Antonio suburb led nation for population growth in past decade

Booming San Antonio 'burb led nation for population growth last decade

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New Braunfels' population swelled in the last decade. Photo via areavibes.com

One booming San Antonio neighbor saw its population growth zoom from 2010 to 2019.

Data released May 21 by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that among U.S. cities with at least 50,000 residents, New Braunfels was the third fastest-growing place. 

The San Antonio 'burb saw its population jumped 56.1 percent from April 2010 to July 2019, the Census Bureau says. As of July 1, 2019, New Braunfels' population stood at 90,209.

In the Lone Star State, five other Texas cities made the Census Bureau’s list:

  • Frisco (DFW), No. 1 — 71.1 percent growth, July 2019 population of 200,490
  • McKinney (DFW), No. 4 — 51.9 percent growth, July 2019 population of 199,177
  • Cedar Park (Austin), No. 7 — 44.2 percent growth, July 2019 population of 79,462
  • Conroe (Houston), No. 9 — 39.3 percent growth, July 2019 population of 91,079
  • Round Rock (Austin), No. 13 — 33.3 percent growth, July 2019 population of 133,372

In terms of numeric change in population, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio collectively increased their population by nearly 933,600 people from 2010 to 2019, according to the Census Bureau. All five cities were among the 15 U.S. cities with the biggest numeric rise in population during the past decade:

  • Houston, No. 2 — 224,751
  • San Antonio, No. 3 — 221,092
  • Austin, No. 5 — 177,079
  • Fort Worth, No. 6 — 164,761
  • Dallas, No. 9 — 145,915

From 2018 to 2019 alone, Leander (Austin) ranked as the fastest-growing large city in the U.S., posting a 12 percent uptick in population. As for numeric change in 2018-19, San Antonio ranked second (17,237), followed by Austin (16,439) at No. 3 and Fort Worth (16,369) at No. 4.

In 2019, two Texas cities crossed the 50,000-person threshold for population, according to the Census Bureau: the DFW suburb of Little Elm (53,126) and the Houston suburb of Texas City (50,094).