October 13, 2016
The Austin-Round Rock Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) topped the list of the American City Business Journals’ fastest-growing U.S. metropolitan areas for the next 25 years. Following Austin were Houston-The Woodlands-Sugarland (5), San Antonio-New Braunfels (6), Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (7), and McAllen-Edinburg-Mission (10). In generating its conclusions, the ACBJ tapped into raw data from the U.S. Census Bureau and University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.
The nation’s number of major markets, defined as metros with populations more than one million, is projected to grow to 68 by 2040 from its 2015 number of 53. Austin ended up the hottest city in the group, with population anticipated to increase by 98.5% by 2040, which translates to four million people. The current population in and around the Capitol City was two million last year.
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