According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Austin was the second fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country between 2007 and 2008. During this time period, the population within the Austin-Round Rock area grew to 1.65 million, which represents a 3.8% growth in population. The only other metropolitan area to post a faster population growth rate was the Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina area, which saw a 4.3% population increase during that same time period.
The United States Census Bureau statistics also showed that large metropolitan areas with a population of 1 million or more people were also the areas that most commonly experienced large growths in population. In fact, 9 of the 10 fastest growing counties were areas that were home to populations of 1 million people or more.
The state of Texas has an impressive showing when it came to population growth occurring between 2007 and 2008. Of the 100 fastest growing counties in the nation, 19 of them were found in Texas. Furthermore, of the 25 counties with the highest numerical gains, ten of them were found in Texas
In all, a survey of populations found that four metro areas across the country managed to increase their populations by over 100,000 people during that one year period. These metro areas included Dallas-Fort Worth, with a population increase of 147,000 people, and Houston, which saw an increase of 130,000 people. Phoenix an Atlanta were also included in that group, with Phoenix seeing a population increase of 116,000 and Atlanta experiencing an increase of 115,000.