Population Growth

Everything is bigger in Texas: Houston is second-fastest growing city in the nation

Houston is 2nd fastest growing city in nation, 5 of top 10 in Texas

Freedom Over Texas Fourth of July crowd venue downtown skyline
With 34,625 more people since July 2011, Houston comes in second to New York among major cities with top population growth. Photo by Richard Carson
Time Square New York City crowd
New York leads in largest population growth with 67,058 new people between 2011-2012. GothamChroniclesdotnet
San Antonio, downtown, River Walk
San Antonio was the fourth-fastest growing city, according to the latest census figures. RiverWalkSanAntonio.us
Austin skyline night downtown
Austin was the fifth-fastest growing city. Photo by Stuart Seeger/Flickr
Dallas skyline at night
Dallas is No. 7 on the list of fastest growing cities. Photo by Matt Pasant
MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival
Fort Worth is No. 10 on the list of fastest-growing cities. Photo by Brian Luenser
Freedom Over Texas Fourth of July crowd venue downtown skyline
Time Square New York City crowd
San Antonio, downtown, River Walk
Austin skyline night downtown
Dallas skyline at night
MAIN ST. Fort Worth Arts Festival

With a low unemployment rate, the largest medical center in the world, a fabled museum district, one of the nation's youngest and most diverse populations, and a wide range of professional sports teams, why wouldn't you want to live in Houston?

Apparently a lot of people agree. The Bayou City is the second-fastest growing big city in the nation, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau Thursday.

 From 2011 to 2012, Houston grew by 34,625 people, trailing only New York, which led with growth of 67,058. 

From 2011 to 2012, Houston grew by 34,625 people, trailing only New York, which led with growth of 67,058.

Half of the top 10 cities that added the most people are in Texas. San Antonio ranked No. 4 in growth, adding 25,400, followed by Austin (No. 5, with 25,395), Dallas (No. 7, with 23, 341) and Fort Worth (No. 10, with 16,328).

While impressive, the population growth was not enough to bump Houston up on the list of largest cities. It remains the nation's fourth largest city, with 2,160,821 people, trailing Chicago, with 2,714,856. Austin moved up two spots to No. 11.  

Also, eight of the 15 fastest growing cities in the United States were located in Texas. San Marcos tops the list of cities over 50,000, with a 4.91 percentage increase and a population of 50,001. Conroe was No. 10, with a 4.01 percent growth rate and a 2012 population of 61,533.