Growing and Growing

Houston just behind NYC as fastest-growing big city in America: Pearland booming, too

Houston's neighbor is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation

Pearland Town Center, shopping
Pearland is the seventh fastest-growing city in America with a population of 50,000 or more.   Photo by Grguy2011/Wikipedia

It's been hinted at before, but the numbers keep confirming that Texas is growing by leaps and bounds. In the latest study from the U.S. Census Bureau, five of the nation's 11 fastest-growing cities are in the Lone Star State.

And who tops them all? Georgetown. The charming city a few short hours from Houston saw its population rise 7.8 percent between mid-2014 and mid-2015, making it the nation’s fastest-growing city with a population of 50,000 or more.

Nearby New Braunfels and Pflugerville are also on the list. New Braunfels claims the second spot with a 6.6 percent population increase, and Pflugerville barely misses the top 10 with a 4.5 increase. Other booming Texas cities include Frisco near Dallas (No. 4) and Pearland near Houston (No. 7). 

Turns out Texas isn't so far behind New York City, either. Houston comes in right behind the Big Apple on the list of largest numeric increases for cities with a population of 50,000 or more, having added 40,032 people by July 1, 2015.

San Antonio takes fourth (29,536 new residents), Fort Worth sixth (19,894), Dallas seventh (19,642), and Austin eighth (19,117).

Houston is crowned the most populous city in Texas, and second nationally only to NYC. San Antonio isn't far behind at No. 7, and Dallas manages to sneak in at No. 9. Austin misses the top 10 by about 70,000 residents.

Arlington rejoined the list of the 50 most populous cities, displacing Cleveland.