AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas suburbs continue to grow, some explosively, often at the expense of some of the state’s largest cities.
The US Census Bureau has just released its annual population estimates for cities nationwide. Between July 1, 2020 and July 1, 2021, Texas’ population grew by 310,288, more than any other state in the country.
Georgetown and Leander have proven to be the fastest growing cities in the country with populations over 50,000, both increasing their populations by more than 10% between 2020 and 2021.
However, several smaller towns grew at a much faster rate.
Josephine, northeast of Dallas, won the award for fastest growing city in the state, having more than doubled its population in a year. The city’s population has increased from 2,258 in 2020 to 4,565 in 2021, an increase of 102.2%.
The nearby town of Caddo Mills has seen the third-fastest growth statewide, with a population of 2,321 in 2021, up 53.7% from the previous year.
Meanwhile, Liberty Hill, northwest of Austin, took second place. The city’s population grew by 79.3%, reaching 6,801 as of July 1, 2021.
Fulshear, west of Houston, and Venus, southwest of Dallas, round out the top five, with population increases of more than 35%. Fulshear was the fastest growing city in Texas during the 2010s, growing explosively over 1,300% between censuses.
Locally, three additional cities are in the top 20 fastest growing cities in the state: Manor (28.5%), Dripping Springs (19.4%) and Jarrell (17.0%). In contrast, three local towns feature in the top 20 most declining towns: Volente (-3.9%), The Hills (-3.6%) and West Lake Hills (-3.1%).
Use our interactive map below to see population changes across the state. You can search for your city using the search function at the top left of the map.
Looking at actual population numbers, San Antonio is the fastest growing city, adding more than 13,600 residents between 2020 and 2021. In stark contrast, Dallas and Houston have seen the largest population declines of all. the state’s towns, both losing more than 10,000 residents.
Austin was one of the slowest growing cities in the state, increasing its population by just 1,056 between July 2020 and July 2021, an increase of just 0.1%.
Editor’s note: The US Census Bureau releases new population estimates as of July 1 each year. The new data shows each city’s populations as of July 1, 2021. For consistency, KXAN has used July 1 population estimates for 2010 and 2020 in the map above, rather than census figures, which show population totals as of April 1.