Though major U.S. cities continue to grow, the state of Texas seems to have become the nation's premier destination, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Eight of the 15 fastest growing cities in the nation are located in the Lone Star state, specifically in South Texas, the report said. 

San Marcos, between Austin and San Antonio, had the highest growth rate among all U.S. cities and towns, with at least 50,000 people. Its population rose about 5 percent between 2011 and 2012.

Also in the top five were Midland and the Austin suburb Cedar Park, Texas.

Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Fort Worth topped another list, the top 15 cities that have added the most people.

Only New York, the nation’s most populous city, added more people than Houston, which now has a population of nearly 2.2 million after adding more than 34,500 people. New York added 67,058 people, bringing its total to at about 8.3 million people.

Los Angeles, San Diego and San Jose were also on the list.

 

The 15 Fastest-Growing Large Cities from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012

 

Rank

Area Name

State Name

Percent
Increase

2012 Total Population

 
 

1

San Marcos city

Texas

4.91

50,001

 

2

South Jordan city

Utah

4.87

55,934

 

3

Midland city

Texas

4.87

119,385

 

4

Cedar Park city

Texas

4.67

57,957

 

5

Clarksville city

Tennessee

4.43

142,519

 

6

Alpharetta city

Georgia

4.37

61,981

 

7

Georgetown city

Texas

4.21

52,303

 

8

Irvine city

California

4.21

229,985

 

9

Buckeye town

Arizona

4.14

54,542

 

10

Conroe city

Texas

4.01

61,533

 

11

McKinney city

Texas

3.95

143,223

 

12

Frisco city

Texas

3.92

128,176

 

13

Odessa city

Texas

3.83

106,102

 

14

Auburn city

Alabama

3.71

56,908

 

15

Manhattan city

Kansas

3.71

56,069

 

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division, Vintage 2012 Population Estimates

 

Note: Large cities are those with a population of at least 50,000.

 

Release Date: May 2013

 

 

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