Apr 11, 2023 - News

North Texas is growing really, really fast

Change in Texas population, 2020 to 2022
Data: U.S. Census; Map: Kavya Beheraj/Axios

Three North Texas counties were the fastest growing in the state from 2020 to 2022, according to recent U.S. Census Bureau figures.

  • Kaufman, Rockwall and Parker counties are among the fastest growing in the nation.

Why it matters: The population boom has made Texas the only state other than California with more than 30 million residents.

Zoom in: Dallas-Fort Worth remains the fourth most populous metro and saw the largest population increase last year of the top five metros nationwide, including Houston.

  • Kaufman County had the largest percentage increase in population in the country, 17.2%, growing from 147,126 residents in 2020 to 172,366 residents last year.

Details: Rockwall County had the second largest percentage increase in residents in the state, growing nearly 13% to a population of 123,000.

  • Collin and Denton counties saw percentage increases over 6%, whereas Tarrant County had more modest growth, increasing by 1.8%.

Yes, but: Dallas County's population dropped slightly in the past two years, largely due to domestic migration.

  • The county, which has about 2.6 million residents, added a little over 18,000 people from international migration in 2022 but lost more than 20,000 residents to domestic moves.

Of note: Collin County had the second highest amount of domestic migration in the country, adding 29,696 people last year.

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