Holy population growth. The Business Journals On Numbers' April report approximates that the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown area has moved up in the metro population ranks, jumping from No. 6 to No. 5, with an estimated population of 6.2 million.
We're taking the glory from Philadelphia — though Houston's population surpassed that city's back in the 1990s, this is the first time inhistory that the Pennsylvania metro area hasn't been in the top five.
Between the 2010 Census and estimates from April 1, 2012, the population of the Houston metro area increased by nearly 300,000. In that same time, the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD population grew just over 50,000.
Houston still lags behind Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, albeit by a slim 410,785 population split. But don't gloat yet. According to the report,
The two Texas metros aren't likely to change places anytime soon. If the current growth rates hold — an awfully big "if" in demographic terms — Houston won't catch Dallas-Fort Worth until the latter half of the 2030s."
Now may be the time to start ramping up on public transportation and preparing the roadways, because that DFW traffic? Oof.