If you need more evidence that Texas is growing at a breakneck pace consider this — Dallas-Fort Worth and greater Houston have gained more than 1 million people since 2010.
The Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area added 131,767 residents from 2017-2018, more than any other metropolitan area in the country, pushing its population to 7,539,711, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The population of the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland area reached 6,997,384.
DFW and Houston are the fourth and fifth largest metro areas in the nation.
“If you look at DFW, its economy is continuing to expand and that is creating economic opportunities,” said Texas State Demographer Lloyd Potter. “Having DFW Airport is key and then you have I-35 and I-20, it’s kind of a crossroads in the middle of the country.”
Tarrant County’s population reached 2,084,931, an addition of roughly 27,000 residents, the eighth-biggest increase in the nation. Dallas County’s population was 2,637,772, a gain of roughly 15,000. Collin County topped 1 million for the first time with 1,005,146 an increase of nearly 34,000. Denton County’s population jumped to 859,064, an increase of nearly 24,000.
Harris County added the most people, 34,460.
The estimates show the eastern half of the Metroplex is much larger. The population of the Dallas-Plano-Irving area is 5,007,190; Fort Worth-Arlington’s is 2,532,521.
Austin-Round Rock grew 26.3 percent (451,995) from 2010 to reach 2,168,316, making it the nation’s third-fastest growing metro area.
The oil-rich Permian Basin in West Texas is also booming, with Midland and Odessa among the the 10 fastest-growing metro areas. Midland ranks first, with a growth of 4.3 percent (7,383) and Odessa fifth at 3.2 percent (4,951). Domestic migration was a key factor in both cities.
Is there anything that could slow the growth?
Suburban ring counties around DFW and Houston are growing rapidly, showing there is still pressure pushing residential development outward.
Potter said transportation, rising property values and even a drought in some water-challenged areas along the I-35 corridor could slow growth.
“I think water and transportation issues are some of the things that might make some companies think twice about moving here to Texas,” Potter said.