Texas is growing fast fueled by oil and gas. Eight of the 15 fastest-growing large U.S. cities and towns for the year ending July 1, 2012 were in Texas, according to population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The Texas cities that added the most people included Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth. New York, the nation’s largest city, topped the list and was the only city among the top 15 outside the South or West. It added 67,058 people over the year. Three cities were in California: Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose. New York continued to be the nation’s most populous city by a wide margin, with 8.3 million residents in 2012, followed by Los Angeles and Chicago.
Based on the crude projection from the most recent data we have: Austin will be among the largest ten cities in America by 2024. Three of the fastest growing cities were in the Austin metropolitan area. At the same time, the rural areas of the state continue to decline in Texas as Dallas News reports, except in places near oil and natural gas deposits.