We already know things are changing in Texas at large, but how about San Antonio? Now, six out of the 15 most populous cities in the United States are in the Lone Star State, and the Alamo City had one of the largest numeric population increases in the nation. The U.S. Census Bureau's latest findings add more validity to reports that less people are interested in living in the city proper, and are seeking residence in the suburbs.
San Antonio added nearly 18,900 new residents between July 2021 to July 2022, bringing the city's total population to nearly 1,473,000. That put San Antonio at No. 3 on the list of numerical increases (as opposed to proportional growth). For scale, the report lists Austin at 1.0 million. Fort Worth took the top spot with its gain of 19,170 residents, and Phoenix, Arizona earned No. 2 after adding 19,053 to its population count.
The top 10 cities with the largest numeric population increases are:
- No. 1 – Fort Worth, Texas
- No. 2 – Phoenix, Arizona
- No. 3 – San Antonio, Texas
- No. 4 – Seattle, Washington
- No. 5 – Charlotte, North Carolina
- No. 6 – Jacksonville, Florida
- No. 7 – Port St. Lucie, Florida
- No. 8 – Cape Coral, Florida
- No. 9 – Houston, Texas
- No. 10 – Georgetown, Texas
New Braunfels also earned a nod in the report for being the No. 13 fastest growing city in 2022, and crossing the 100,000 population threshold. The city grew by 5.7 percent, adding up to 104,707 residents.
In an overall analysis of the 15 largest American cities in 2022, San Antonio ranked No. 7. Houston was the only Texas city that ranked higher at No. 4 with its population of over 2.3 million people. Dallas came in at No. 9 with a population of just under 1.3 million, and Austin barely made it into the top 10 with a population of 974,447 residents. Fort Worth ranked outside the top 10 at No. 13, with a population of 956,709.
The top 10 most populous American cities are:
- No. 1 – New York City, New York
- No. 2 – Los Angeles, California
- No. 3 – Chicago, Illinois
- No. 4 – Houston, Texas
- No. 5 – Phoenix, Arizona
- No. 6 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- No. 7 – San Antonio, Texas
- No. 8 – San Diego, California
- No. 9 – Dallas, Texas
- No. 10 – Austin, Texas
The report additionally discovered that housing inventory skyrocketed by 1.6 million units between 2021 and 2022. Texas had the third fastest housing growth with a rate of 2.3 percent, versus Utah, which had the fastest growth at 3.3 percent.
San Antonio didn't make the cut in the list of the 10 most populous U.S. metro areas (as opposed to the cities, themselves), but Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington ranked No. 4, and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land ranked No. 5.
The full report can be found on census.gov.