Census Bureau lists 4 Texas counties among top population gainers


Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington remains the fastest-growing metropolitan area in Texas.   File photo

Although it no longer ranks as the top-growing county in the U.S., Harris County joins three other Texas counties on the nation's top 10 list – more than any other state.

Harris County, home of Houston, had been No. 1 for the past eight consecutive years. Last year’s gain of approximately 57,000 people between July 2015 to July 2016 was edged out by Maricopa County, Arizona, which added some 81,000 during the same period.

The three other Texas counties on the list -- Tarrant, Bexar and Dallas -- together added about 97,000 to their populations. 

The two top-growing metropolitan areas, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, each added 100,000 residents. Austin-Round Rock also was among the top 25 fastest-growing metros, the report said.

Three counties -- Kendall, Hays and Comal -- earned positions on the list of top 10 fastest-growers, with percentage increases of population reported at 5.2, 5.1 and 4.4, respectively.

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