ACS: Houston counties among fastest-growing in U.S.

by Farren Washington

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fort Bend County added 32,980 residents in 2014, more than any other countyHouston in the U.S. Fort Bend and Montgomery counties are also in the top 10 nationwide when ranked by percentage growth. The data comes from the Census’ 1-Year American Community Survey results, officially released on Sept. 17.

Other noteworthy details in the survey included:

  • Fort Bend County’s population grew from 652,365 in 2013 to 685,345 in 2014, ranking it No. 4 on the list.
  • Montgomery County added 19,810 residents, bringing it to 518,947 in 2014. The county ranked No. 7 nationwide.
  • Much further down are Galveston, Harris and Brazoria counties, which rank at Nos. 55-57. They increased 2.42 percent, 2.41 percent and 2.39 percent, respectively.
  • The Houston metro area expanded from 6,313,158 residents in 2013 to 6,490,180 in 2014. The Houston area is ranked at No. 9 among large metros and No. 10 among all metros.
  • The fastest-growing metro area was Midland, which grew by 7,747 residents to 163,470 residents in 2014.
  • Texas added 508,765 residents in 2014 and grew from a population of 26,448,193 in 2013 to 26,956,958.

More detailed demographic information is set to be released in December.

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