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Kyle, Texas | Economic Development

Map: Texas suburbs, not cities, to grow the fastest by 2050; one Central Texas county will top them all

 Hays County, just south of Austin, is projected to be the fastest-growing county, by percentage, in all of Texas by 2050, according to county-level data released by the Texas Office of the State Demographer.

The Austin Business Journal mapped the data at the county level, which you can see embedded below this article. The counties are colored from red, for negative growth, to black for positive growth. The darker the shade, the greater the projected percent change in demographics. Clicking on a county will bring up its specific population data. Are you viewing this on a mobile device and don't see a map? Click the "view full page" link below the article to see it.

According to the numbers, demographers project Hays County will grow by 464 percent by 2050, with more than 666,900 new residents swelling its population to 825,070 over the next 35 years.

Next in terms of percent growth is Collin County, north of Dallas, which demographers project will grow by 386 percent over the next 35 years, with the addition of more than 3 million residents growing its population from 782,341 to 3.8 million.

In terms of absolute growth, though, Harris County, which encompasses Houston, is set to see the largest number of new residents in the state by 2050, with 3.4 million new residents projected by then. But because the county is already large – it had more than 4 million residents as of 2010 – that's only a growth rate of 83.9 percent.

It's interesting to note that the Texas counties that encompass its largest metropolises are projected to grow at a much slower rate than their bordering suburban counties. Travis County, in which Austin sits, is projected to grow by only 96.3 percent, far slower than Hays County, as well as Williamson County to the north, which is projected to grow by 367.7 percent with the addition of 1.5 million new residents by 2050.


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