It's Getting Crowded

Only one U.S. city has seen more population growth than Dallas-Fort Worth

Only one U.S. city has gained more residents than Dallas-Fort Worth

Downtown Dallas skyline
More than 131,000 people moved to Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014. Photo courtesy of Dallas Horseshoe Project

New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau confirms what we already know: Lots of people are moving to Dallas-Fort Worth: The greater DFW area saw a population increase of 131,217 between July 1, 2013, and July 1, 2014 — the second largest in the country.

Top honors go to Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, which gained 156,371 new residents during that timeframe. New York took third place behind Dallas, with a population increase of 90,797.

In terms of percentages, Austin-Round Rock is the third-fastest growing large metro in the country. With the addition of 57,496 residents, Austin’s population grew by 3 percent from 2013 to 2014. For comparison’s sake, Dallas-Fort Worth’s 131,217 new people translated to an increase of 1.9 percent.

The only metro areas that grew faster than Austin were Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, which grew by 3.2 percent, and The Villages, Florida, which grew by 5.4 percent. The latter was the fastest-growing U.S. metro for the second year in a row.

Much of the Lone Star State is growing quickly too. In addition to Austin, three other Texas metros were among the nation’s 20 fastest growing by rate of change: Odessa (No. 4), Midland (No. 9) and Houston (No. 11).

Texas also had the most counties in the country (11) on the list of the top 50 numerical gainers. You can read the full report here.