Austin, Texas Area Named #2 on List for Top-Growing Metro Areas in the U.S.
The Austin metro area grew by 3.9% from 2010 to 2011, according to a story cited in the Austin American-Statesman today. I feel blessed to be selling homes in such a vibrant city. I was a little surprised to realize that we are nearing the 2 million mark on population here, frankly (1.78 million as of July 2011). It wasn't that long ago that Austin and all of the surrounding counties were in the 800,000 range.
Williamson County (just north of Austin) is the 10st fastest growing county in the United States now. Hutto was the fastest growing city in Texas in recent years, and Georgetown (where I attend church) is exploding with growth now.
Apparently, Austin added over 67,000 people in the 15-month period of the study. It's astounding to consider this.
One of the most telling statistics cited was that 65% of the growth came via migration, and 82% of that number was from other cities in the U.S. That certainly fits with what we've seen and experienced, namely, that people are flocking to this area from elsewhere because of our healthy economic outlook, quality of life, and the optimistic culture of the city.
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