8 of the country's 15 fastest-growing cities are in Texas.

According to new population numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, Texas's cities are expanding -- fast. The state houses eight of America's 15 fastest-growing cities. San Marcos, Texas, had the largest percentage increase, at 4.91 percent.

This map plots the top fast-growing large cities (any city or town with 50,000 people or more) between July 2011 and July 2012.

The release also charts the biggest cities in the country. There's not much change between 2010 and 2012 -- the top-10 cities remained the same, in the same rank-order. The remaining 15 cities on the list were also the biggest in 2010, but changed order — like Austin, which jumped from the 14th-biggest to the 11th-biggest.

The chart below compares the new population numbers for the 15 largest cities in the country as of July 1, 2012 to their population numbers from the 2010 Census.

The Census numbers also included increases from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012. New York City, unsurprisingly, had the largest actual increase, adding an additional 67,058 people. Houston, second on that list, added nearly half as many as New York, at 34,625.

About the Author

Sara Johnson

Sara Johnson is a former fellow at CityLab. 

Most Popular

  1. Members of a tenants' organization in East Harlem gather outside the office of landlord developer Dawnay, Day Group, as lawyers attempt to serve the company with court papers on behalf of tenants, during a press conference in New York. The tenant's group, Movement for Justice in El Barrio, filed suit against Dawnay, Day Group, the London-based investment corporation "for harassing tenants by falsely and illegally charging fees in attempts to push immigrant families from their homes and gentrify the neighborhood," said Chaumtoli Huq, an attorney for the tenants.
    Equity

    Toward Being a Better Gentrifier

    There’s a right way and a wrong way to be a neighbor during a time of rapid community change.

  2. Homeless individuals inside a shelter in Vienna in 2010
    Equity

    How Vienna Solved Homelessness

    What lessons could Seattle draw from their success?

  3. Postcards showing the Woodner when it used to be a luxury apartment-hotel in the '50s and '60s, from the collection of John DeFerrari
    Equity

    The Neighborhood Inside a Building

    D.C.’s massive Woodner apartment building has lived many lives—from fancy hotel to one of the last bastions of affordable housing in a gentrifying neighborhood. Now, it’s on the brink of another change.

  4. Mack Donohue, who has been homeless since 2008, carries his belongings into a shelter in Boston, Massachusetts February 27, 2015.
    Equity

    Rethinking Homeless Shelters From the Ground Up

    One nonprofit wants to reward results, and change the funding model in the process.

  5. Life

    Why a City Block Can Be One of the Loneliest Places on Earth

    Feelings of isolation are common in cities. Let’s take a look at how the built environment plays into that.