Census Data: San Antonio Adds Most New Residents of Any Texas City

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Suburban homes line a neighborhood in District 6.

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Suburban homes line a neighborhood in San Antonio's District 6.

A significant drop in Houston’s population growth allowed San Antonio to best the state’s most populous city in gaining the most new residents last year, new census figures released Thursday show.

Unsurprisingly, the state’s biggest cities added the most people in the past year. Gaining 24,473 residents, San Antonio ranked third among cities across the country that experienced the biggest growth as counted by the U.S. Census Bureau between July 2015 and July 2016. In fact, San Antonio welcomed more new residents in 2016 than New York City, which added 21,171 new residents during the same period.

Phoenix ranked first in the nation with 32,113 new residents, followed by Los Angeles with 27,173.

“I think that shows the growth that we’ve been anticipating and what our SA Tomorrow plan shows, so I’m not surprised to see that number,” Councilwoman Shirley Gonzales (D5) said. “We just need to make sure that everybody that comes here has affordable housing and a quality place to live.

“Hopefully we’ll continue to make those changes that will make San Antonio affordable and accessible to all the people coming.”

Houston’s drop in new residents — down to 18,666 from about 40,800 in 2015 — comes in the same year in which Harris County

Texas suburbs made up half of the country’s 10 fastest growing cities with three cities outside Houston and Dallas topping the list, according to the census figures.

Rapid growth in Conroe, Frisco, and McKinney made those suburbs the three fastest-growing cities in the country among those with a population larger than 50,000, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Their population growth outpaced Georgetown and New Braunfels, which topped the list last year.

Located near The Woodlands north of Houston, Conroe grew by 7.8 percent, from 76,362 in 2015 to 82,286 in 2016. Georgetown — north of Austin — ranked fifth on the national list, and New Braunfels — located between San Antonio and Austin — ranked 9th.

Suburbs also made up the list of fastest-growing cities in the state, continuing a years-long trend of explosive suburban population growth.

One thought on “Census Data: San Antonio Adds Most New Residents of Any Texas City

  1. This growth is exactly why any future development needs to fit well within the SA tomorrow plan/comp plan. Proposed residential and commercial code changes, such as those presented by the Beacon Hill NCD, do not fit the comp plan and will make housing less affordable for all. We need density and infill to keep housing affordable. Requiring more parking, requiring big set backs, requiring height limitations to two floors all limit density and drive up prices. We need density to support diverse housing types, support transit and support sustainability so future generations can afford to live and thrive in the city.

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