U.S. Census data on absolute population change leaders among the U.S.'s metros.
U.S. Census data on absolute population change leaders among the U.S.'s metros.

A city's population change is an important indicator of its health--financially, culturally, and environmentally. HousingWire staffer Ben Lane drills down into this topic, taps into newly available government data, and highlights 10 U.S. metros with the largest population growth in the U.S. Lane writes,

"The common refrain (and an eye-roll-inducing one from those of us that live here) is that everything is bigger in Texas. Well, when it comes to the population of the Lone Star State, the refrain rings true, and keeps getting bigger.

According to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas’ two largest metro areas gained more residents from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015 than any other metro area in the country. In fact, there were four Texas cities in the top 20 for population growth in the referenced time period, with Austin and San Antonio checking in at 14th and 15th, respectively, in population growth. According to the Census data, these four Texas metro areas collectively added about 412,000 people in the referenced time period, while Texas as a whole gained about 490,000 people."

The top 10 cities with fastest growth are: Houston, Texas, Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, Atlanta, Ga., Phoenix, Ariz., New York, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa., Los Angeles, Calif., Miami, Fla., Washington, D.C.-Va.-Md.-W.Va., Seattle, Wash., and Orlando, Fla.

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