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NoRth tExas PoPuLatioN is thE FastEst GRowiNG

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, North Texas continues to outpace the rest of the country in population growth. From July of 2008 until July 2009, North Texas grew by 147,000 people beating the Houston area which ranked second with 141,000 new residents.

Much of the credit goes to Rockwall County, which was the third fastest growing county in the nation during the last decade. If you’ve traveled east of Lake Ray Hubbard recently you’ve noticed the difference since 2000. The population of Rockwall County went from 43,000 at the beginning of the decade to just over 81,000 in 2009. Not far behind was Collin County which grew by 61% during the same period. Denton County was the 27th fastest growing county in the nation, going up by 52%.

There are a number of reasons for the growth. The Texas economy has diverse industries which have weathered the recession better than most states. Also, the housing market hasn’t been hit nearly as hard as many other states over the past few years and that combination is reason enough for people to flock to Texas.

It’s not just new residents moving into the Lone Star State. Texas has a high fertility rate and a low mortality rate which keeps the population strong.

Texas is the fastest growing state in the country and by the time the 2010 Census is completed, there will be over 25 million people living here. Most of whom can be found on LBJ Freeway between 3:00pm and 6:00pm weekdays.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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