Straight Outta the 'Burbs
As population numbers continue to soar in Dallas, many people are making the move out of the metropolis proper, trading in the city life for the suburb life.
For years, suburban areas have been the fastest-growing cities in Texas. With more space, quality public schools, strong housing markets, and homes that cost typically a fraction of what they would in the city, Texas suburbs are experiencing a major growth spurt.
Outside of Dallas, the Frisco population experienced a nearly 6 percent growth rate from 2013 to 2014. By 2030, that number is expected to jump 55.59 percent. That’s right: an increase of almost 50 percent.
“We’ve always known we’re going to be a bigger city,” Tom Felker, president of the Frisco Chamber of Commerce, recently told the Dallas Morning News. “We’re all just making certain that we do so in a way that preserves the quality and, where we can, preserve that small-town home feeling that we’ve always had.”
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Texas Water Development Board, LawnStarter compiled an analysis of Texas suburb growth, which revealed the state’s top 10 fastest-growing suburbs. Each is expected to grow at least 20 percent over the next 15 years, with half of the suburbs on the list projected at a massive 40 percent growth rate.
McKinney also lands on the list at No. 10, with a 5 percent growth increase from 2013 to 2014 and a projected population of 188,628, or a 20 percent increase.
The other ’burbs in the top 10 are Austin’s Georgetown, San Marcos and Cedar Park; Houston’s Conroe, Sugar Land, League City and Pearland; and San Antonio’s New Braunfels.
Some people move to suburbia to be a bigger part of a smaller community with the benefits of a large city nearby. The challenge facing these rapidly expanding Texas towns is to accommodate the projected growth, maintain the quality of schools and housing, and conserve the small-town feel suburban residents desire.