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Dallas-Fort Worth Had Highest Metropolitan Growth In U.S.

Patch logo Patch 4/18/2019 Fernando Alfonso
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The southern and western United States are home to the counties that experienced the largest increases in population, according to new 2018 estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Census Bureau said four of the top 10 counties for population growth were in Texas. Just over 55 percent of all U.S. counties had a population gain from 2017 to 2018. And while nearly 56 percent of U.S. counties had a natural increase in population in 2018, that figure was down from the previous year.

On the metro level, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area had the largest numeric growth in population, followed by the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area. A natural increase in population — having more births than deaths — was the largest source of population growth in the Dallas area while domestic migration was the largest source for the Phoenix area, the Census Bureau said.

“One interesting trend we are seeing this year is that metro areas not among the most populous are ranked in the top 10 for population growth,” Sandra Johnson, a demographer at the Census Bureau, said in a press release.

According to the Census, the top 10 most populous counties for 2018 are:

Los Angeles County, California

Cook County, Illinois

Harris County, Texas

Maricopa County, Arizona

San Diego County, California

Orange County, California

Miami-Dade County, Florida

Dallas County, Texas

Kings County, New York

Riverside County, California

The top 10 counties for numeric growth between 2017 to 2018 are:

Maricopa County, Arizona

Clark County, Nevada

Harris County, Texas

Collin County, Texas

Riverside County, California

King County, Washington

Orange County, Florida

Tarrant County, Texas

Bexar County, Texas

Hillsborough County, Florida

The top 10 most populous metropolitan areas in 2018 are:

New York-Newark-Jersey City

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim


Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land


Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach


Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell


The top 10 metropolitan areas for numeric growth between 2017 and 2018 are:

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington


Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell



Austin-Round Rock

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater



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