DFW passes 8 million residents per U.S. Census data

DFW Metroplex Surpasses 8 Million Residents, U.S. Census Data Reveals

In Dallas, there’s a buzz around the latest business developments and growth stories, especially those highlighted by our friends at the Dallas Business Journal.

Last year, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex led the nation in metropolitan population growth. Astonishingly, it welcomed around 418 new residents each day. This surge brought the total population to over 8 million, thanks to an increase of 152,598 people.

Not far behind, the Houston-Pasadena-Woodlands area claimed the second spot for metropolitan growth in the United States. It saw its population rise by 139,789, reaching a new total of 7.5 million residents. Meanwhile, the Austin metro area also made the list, ranking seventh with an addition of 50,105 people.

A significant portion of U.S. counties, about 60%, saw their populations increase. The South, in particular, experienced the quickest growth. In this region, 67% of counties witnessed a rise in population, a notable increase from the 59% reported in 2022.

Texas counties stood out on the national stage. Six of the ten fastest-growing counties were located in the Lone Star State, with Kaufman and Rockwall counties leading the way with growth rates of 7.6% and 6.5%, respectively.

Moreover, Texas was home to eight of the ten counties with the largest population gains in the country.

Collin County, with a new total of 1.19 million residents, saw the second-largest growth in the U.S., adding 36,364 people. Harris County topped the list with an increase of 53,788 residents, making it the most populous gaining county in the nation and the third most populous overall, boasting 4.83 million residents.

Texas also dominated in terms of domestic migration. Half of the counties with the highest levels of domestic migration were in the state. Collin County, for example, experienced the fourth-largest domestic inflow, with 20,749 people moving in. Denton County followed closely, welcoming 19,262 new residents.

However, Dallas County faced a different trend, ranking eighth in outflow as 34,330 people left the county, an increase from the 18,985 departures in 2022.

This dynamic growth and movement within Texas highlight the state’s evolving demographic landscape and its significant role in shaping the nation’s population trends.