Population is booming in the Lone Star State: According to the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas has added more new residents than any other state in the country.
Released Thursday, the Census Bureau's population estimates paint a picture of nationwide growth from July 1, 2014 through July 1, 2015. Texas gained a whopping 490,000 new residents in that time. Together, the Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston metro areas claimed more than 412,000 of those new Texans.
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington added 144,704 people — about 396 new residents per day. With a total population of 7.1 million, Dallas-Fort Worth remains the most populous metro in Texas and the fourth largest in the U.S.
The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land area witnessed the highest population gain in the nation, with 159,083 new residents, bringing the total up to 6.6 million. Austin-Round Rock was the fastest-growing metro area in the state, with a 3 percent population increase. A similar story played out in San Antonio-New Braunfels, which attracted 51,285 residents. Combined, the Austin-San Antonio area added 108,680 people.
Even Texas' tinier towns are seeing phenomenal population expansion. Three small metro areas were among the fastest growing in the nation: Midland (No. 4) and Odessa (No. 5), with a 3.3 percent increase, and College Station-Bryan (No. 15), with 2.6 percent. The fastest-growing metro area in the country was The Villages, a suburb of Orlando, Florida, which experienced a 4.3 percent increase in one year.
As we lead the country in population growth and gain, it seems everyone wants to be a Texan. But Texans also like their wide open spaces, so let's keep encouraging the masses to move to Orlando.