Straight Outta the 'Burbs
As population numbers continue to soar in Houston, many people are making the move out of the metropolis proper, trading in the city life for the suburb life.
For years, suburban areas have been the fastest-growing cities in Texas. With more space, quality public schools, strong housing markets and homes that are typically a fraction of what they would cost in the city, Texas suburbs are experiencing a major growth spurt.
Four of the 10 suburbs on the fastest-growing list are in the Houston area.
Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Texas Water Development Board, LawnStarter compiled an analysis of Texas suburb growth, which revealed the state’s top 10 fastest-growing big suburbs. Each is expected to grow at least 20 percent over the next 15 years, with half of the suburbs on the list projected at a massive 40-percent growth rate.
Four of the 10 suburbs on the list are in the Houston area — Conroe (No. 4), Sugar Land (No. 7), League City (No. 8) and Pearland (No. 9).
Conroe is predicted to grow by nearly 42 percent in the next 15 years, with a projected 2030 population of 93,516. Sugar Land should have nearly 115,000 residents in 2030 (a 32.42 percent increase) while League City's projected population is nearly 124,000 (a nearly 31 percent jump) and Pearland will grow to just over 125,000 (a 21 percent spurt).
Frisco, a suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, comes in at No. 1 on the LawnStarter list with a whopping 56 percent population increase expected in the next 15 years. The other ‘burbs in the top 10 are Austin's Georgetown, San Marcos and Cedar Park; San Antonio’s New Braunfels; and Dallas-Fort Worth’s McKinney.
Some people move to suburbia to be a bigger part of a smaller community with the benefits of a large city nearby. The challenge facing these rapidly expanding Texas towns is to accommodate the projected growth, maintain the quality of schools and housing, and conserve the small-town feel suburban resident’s desire.