AUSTIN (KXAN) — Six of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the United States were in Texas, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
Georgetown topped the list with a population increase of 14.4%.
“Georgetown, Texas, remained the fastest-growing city by percent change in 2022, with the highest rate of growth among all U.S. cities and towns with at least 50,000 people,” said Crystal Delbé, a statistician in the Census Bureau’s Population Division.
Georgetown Mayor Josh Schroeder said the city continues to make efforts to adapt its existing infrastructure to this rapid growth.
“We are working on building out two water treatment plants to make sure we have enough treated water. Traffic does not feel like small town charm. So we’ve got to do what we can to keep people moving on the roads. We’re also trying very, very hard to make sure that we have enough jobs in this community, too,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder said the growth Georgetown is currently seeing will eventually slow; however, he predicts unincorporated parts of Williamson County could be the next sites to see similar change.
“Which can be frustrating because we don’t have control at that point over how fast that growth occurs or the standards of that growth,” Schroeder said.
Following Santa Cruz, California, the next three fastest-growing cities were also in Texas — Kyle, Leander and Little Elm.
According to the Census Bureau, Texas was the only state to have more than three cities on both the 15 fastest-growing large cities and towns by numeric change and by percent change lists.
Most populous Texas cities:
- Houston at No. 4 in the U.S. with 2.3 million
- San Antonio at No. 7 in the U.S. with 1.5 million
- Dallas at No. 9 in the U.S. with 1.3 million
- Austin at No. 10 in the U.S. with 1 million
- Fort Worth at No. 13 in the U.S. with 1 million
Texas population milestones, according to the Census Bureau:
- Rockwall joined the list of cities with populations of 50,000 or more in 2022 with 51,461
- New Braunfels crossed the 100,000-population mark in 2022 with 104,707
New Braunfels was also listed at No. 13 on the 15 fastest-growing cities list with a population increase of 5.7%.
Harris County (32,694) and Travis County (27,927) were two of the five counties with the largest numeric gains in housing units between July 1, 2021, and July 1, 2022, according to the Census Bureau.