Rick Perry beckoned Californians to come here. Greg Abbott appealed to New Yorkers. While there’s not yet proof that their bait was alluring, the fact is that Texas cities are leading the nation in population growth and employment.
According to a statement released by the United States Census Bureau on March 14, the fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation is Midland, Texas. The ranking was determined by the percentage of change in population between July 2011 and July 2012, and Midland, which was also recently named the the second richest city in America, experienced a 4.6 percent increase. Three of the top 10 fastest-growing cities are in the Lone Star State. Behind Midland was nearby Odessa at no. 5 and the Austin-Round Rock area at no. 7.
Texas cities also took the top spots in terms of increase in sheer numbers. The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area topped the list with 131,879 new residents between the summers of 2011 and 2012. Right behind DFW in the no.2 spot, is the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland area, which added 125,185 new people in the same period. Both Texas metroplexes beat out Los Angeles and New York City, which came in at no.3 and 4, respectively. Harris County also took the top spot for largest numeric increase among counties across the country. Eleven of the top 50 fastest growing counties are in Texas.
What is driving all this growth? The answer would appear to be employment. According to a report issued by Forbes Magazine last month, Texas dominates its Top Ten list of American cities with good jobs. Dallas and Houston again take the top two spots, with Austin and Fort Worth following closely at no.3 and 4. San Antonio also made it onto the list at no. 6.
Forbes based the list upon data on the 100 largest metropolitan areas obtained from Moody’s Analytics, which takes much of its information directly from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ranking was determined by recent and expected job growth, current unemployment rate, current and expected per-capita income, and other factors. The methodology behind the list