TopoGeo: Where San Antonio’s New Residents Live

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The 78254 zip code saw 1,681 new residents from that claim to be from out of state in 2017.

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The 78254 zip code saw 1,681 households report moving from out of state in 2017.

With more than 66 people moving to the city each day, San Antonio is the fastest-growing city in the United States, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released earlier this year, and many newcomers are from out of state.

It's not just San Antonio that is attracting these newcomers; three of the top five cities in the U.S. with the greatest population gains in 2017 were in Texas, including Dallas and Fort Worth. A smaller Texas city, Frisco, was the fastest-growing city with a population of 50,000 or more between 2016 and 2017, growing at a rate of 8.2 percent.

Where are those new San Antonio residents choosing to hang their hats?The map below shows the number of households in each zip code that reported living in a different state the previous year, according the Census Bureau's 2016 American Community Survey.

Many of the newcomers appear to have military ties. The data shows more than 3,000 people reported moving from outside Texas into the 78236 zip code, the neighborhood surrounding and including Lackland Air Force Base. An additional 1,804 people moved into the 78108 zip code, near Randolph Air Force Base.

Several zip codes on the city's North Side saw gains in the number of recent out-of-state residents, with 1,743 moving into 78258, a zip code that includes the Stone Oak neighborhood.

About 500,000 more Americans moved into Texas than moved out of the state between 2010 and 2017 – a 12.6 percent growth rate. That's compared to a 6.1 percent growth rate in California, and a 2.4 percent growth rate in New York, according to the Census Bureau.

3 thoughts on “TopoGeo: Where San Antonio’s New Residents Live

  1. It is a problem to present absolute numbers per heterogeneous sized shapes on a map like this, especially when looking at population growth patterns. All maps that you do that way will show lower density areas as more important, because census blocks and tracts are larger in such areas. All you have to do is normalize by the area of the tract or block and then you have a more meaningful map showing where people actually moved. In some ways, this is just a map of tract size.

  2. Good info. Question: you military arrivals, but normally those are offset with departures. Do you data on the growth relative to departures?

  3. Interesting to see the numbers that CA and NY are growing, since I always hear on the talk shows that everyone is leaving CA for TX. Apparently not everyone.

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