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Houston sees huge surge in millennial population

Houston sees huge surge in millennial population

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Houston saw a massive spike in millennials from 2010-2015. Photo by Tim Leviston/Getty Images

The Houston metro area — and Texas in general — saw some of the biggest millennial migrations in the country from 2010 to 2015, according to a new report.

Published by the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan research group, the report shows Houston experienced a 11.7 percent spike in its millennial population (age 18 to 34) from 2010 to 2015. On a percentage basis, that was the eighth highest increase during that period among the country’s 100 largest metro areas. San Antonio is No. 2 on that list, with a 14.4 percent increase. At No. 6 on that list is the Austin area, which witnessed a 11.8 percent jump in its millennial population from 2010 to 2015, the report says.

Houston ranked first for the greatest number of young adult gains among major metropolitan area in the U.S, with 46,785 between 2010 and 2015. Houston also has the highest total number of white millennials gained (46,785) from 2010 to 2015. 

The Bayou City gained the fourth most Hispanic millennials — 48,875 — from 2010 to 2015. San Antonio stood in fifth fourth place in that category, with an influx of 45,663 Hispanic millennials from 2010 to 2015.

Here are some other statistics from the report for Texas’ major metro areas:

  • In 2015, Austin had the second highest share of millennials (27.2 percent) among the country’s 100 largest metro areas.
  • Houston had the third largest number of Hispanic millennials (665,537) in 2015, with DFW in seventh place (553,216).
  • Austin has among the lowest percentage older millennials living in poverty (11 percent).
  • Dallas-Fort Worth had the sixth highest number of white millennials (720,776) in 2015.
  • Houston had the seventh largest number of black millennials (300,845) in 2015. 
  • Houston experienced the fourth largest influx of Asian millennials (29,759) from 2010 to 2015, and DFW stood in sixth place (27,314).

Texas is one of 10 states where racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half of the millennial population, the report says. These are the racial and ethnic breakdowns for millennials in Texas’ four largest metro areas.

Houston

  • Asian millennials — 7.9 percent
  • Black millennials — 18.2 percent
  • Hispanic millennials — 18.7 percent
  • White millennials — 32.1 percent

Austin

  • Asian millennials — 6.3 percent
  • Black millennials — 7.3 percent
  • Hispanic millennials — 35.3 percent
  • White millennials — 48.9 percent

Dallas-Fort Worth

  • Asian millennials — 7.1 percent
  • Black millennials — 16.5 percent
  • Hispanic millennials — 32.3 percent
  • White millennials — 42 percent

San Antonio

  • Asian millennials — 2.9 percent
  • Black millennials — 7.1 percent
  • Hispanic millennials — 58.5 percent
  • White millennials — 29.7 percent