Houston the second fastest growing city in the U.S., Census data shows

Houston Business Journal - Houston keeps growing along with its Texas neighbors, but Austin, San Antonio and Dallas are lagging behind the Bayou City when it comes to adding residents.

Houston added 35,202 residents from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

That number left Houston second only to New York for adding newcomers. But it was not a close second — New York added 61,440 new residents in the same time period.

But the other Texas cities also made the top 15 in terms of adding residents. San Antonio was the fourth fastest growing city in the U.S. at 25,378 residents gained.

Austin came it at sixth with 20,993 residents, and Dallas was tenth with 15,976 residents. Adding Forth Worth would have allowed Dallas to replace Austin at fourth, with the entire area adding 30,619 residents.

For cities with populations of 50,000 or more, the South and West dominated the list of fastest growing municipalities overall, taking up all of the spots in the top 15. Seven of the cities on this list were in Texas.

Austin's suburbs grew the most, with San Marcos, Cedar Park and Georgetown in the top four. Pearland rounded out of the bottom of the list at 15th, having grown 3 percent from 2012-2013.

Forbes ranked Houston 10th on its fastest growing cities list in February, judging by population growth, unemployment rate, business-friendly regulatory environment and lack of state income tax.

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