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Here’s how many people moved to Houston every day last year

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Houston's metropolitan statistical area ranked No. 3 in the nation in terms of raw population growth year over year as of July 1, 2020, and two other Texas metro areas landed in the top four.

The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA had an estimated 91,078 more residents as of July 1, 2020, compared to the same date in 2019, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released May 4.

If you do the math, Houston added nearly 250 people every day on average, consisting of nearly 122 net move-ins and 128 through births minus deaths.

The Dallas-Fort Worth MSA was No. 1 nationwide for raw population growth, adding 119,748 more residents as of July 1, 2020. The Phoenix metro area was No. 2 with an estimated 106,008 additional residents, and Austin ranked No. 4 overall with a gain of 67,197 people. Houston's nearly 250 new residents per day compares to an average of 328 people added daily in DFW, 290 people per day in Phoenix and 184 people daily in Austin.

That doesn't mean 250 people moved to the Houston MSA a day. There was a natural increase — births minus deaths — of 46,724 people from mid-2019 to mid-2020, and net migration of 44,347 people to Houston.

All of the move-ins create opportunity and a growing pool of talent for local businesses, but it also taxes the transportation system, adds to the metro’s other infrastructural needs and drives up housing prices, said Chad Robottom, Dallas market president of Embark. The financial advisory firm assists companies in transition, including companies transferring their headquarters to Dallas-Fort Worth.

“Population’s going up and with this being a transition year, it’s been exciting,” Robottom told the Dallas Business Journal. “That just drives more opportunity for us as a firm and for people who are in the marketplace and trying to find jobs.”

Meanwhile, Austin was again the fastest-growing big metro last year, marking a full decade atop the leaderboard for major U.S. metros. The population in the five-county Austin metro jumped to an estimated 2,295,303 people as of July 1, 2020. That was an increase of 3% from the prior year, the fastest population growth among metros with at least 1 million people.

The Houston MSA's population grew nearly 1.3% year over year to 7,154,478 in 2020. Since 2010, the population has increased about 20.8%, adding more than 1.23 million people. That's like adding almost the...


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