Austin’s population growth is still 2nd highest in the country, the Austin Business Journal reports, but the suburbs are where most people are moving.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey data series, Austin’s metro area grew by a little more than 16 percent from 2010 to 2015, from 1.6 million to 1.9 million. The metro area is Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop, and Caldwell counties.
The Austin metro area was only bested by Charlotte, North Carolina, which grew 38 percent during that time.
Most people in the region were added in the city limits, which saw its population go up by 122,930 people to 887,060. Austin was only bested by New Orleans, whose population grew by 27.6 percent.
The new data by the Census Bureau tracks Austin’s population growth at a micro level too, and it’s possible to see which neighborhoods, and even which streets, saw the highest growth. Parts of downtown, Central Austin in the lower Shoal Creek area and along North Lamar saw the most population growth. The area around Anderson Lane, in the Crestview neighborhood, has also seen an increase. The Central Business District and the Texas Capitol Building areas have seen their population decrease over the last five years.
However, the suburbs are where the real growth in the Austin metro is happening. Buda is still growing the fastest of any city around Austin. From 2010 to 2015, Buda added 4,163 residents, a 64.1 percent increase. The population is now 10,655.
Hutto was just a few spots behind Buda with a growth of 62.9 percent, and Leander grew 37.6 percent, followed by Cedar Park with a growth of 35.5 percent. All three cities are in Williamson County.
Austin Business Journal has the breakdown of how every city surrounding Austin grew over the five year period.