Texas, Houston-Area Counties Show Serious Growth

by James McClister


Despite slumping oil prices, layoffs and labor shortages, Texas’ and the Houston area’s populations are among the fastest growing, according to new U.S. Census Bureau numbers charting U.S. population growth by county between 2009 and 2014.

Eleven Texas counties made it in the top 50 by growth percentage, including two Houston-area counties – Waller and Chambers. However, when filtering the results by only including counties with 10,000 or more residents, Texas’ growth was much more prominently featured, accounting for seven of the top 20 counties.

Waller County made the overall growth list at No. 27, and No. 8 when compared against other counties with a population of 10,000 or more. The county, with a population of 35,552 in 2009, grew at a rate of 26.08 percent to push the total population to nearly 45,000 by 2014.

Chambers County, southeast of Houston, made the overall growth list at No. 33, and No. 14 among counties with a population of 10,000 or more.

Further down the list, other Houston-area counties Fort Bend County (No. 35/No. 16) and Montgomery County (No. 76/No. 40) showed up, as well, with growth rates of 24.57 percent and 18.29 percent, respectively.

Below we’ve compiled the top 100 counties by growth rate:

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