Austin growing by 35 people a day, Hays and WilCo growing by 120
Texas continues adding more residents than any other state. It's a population growth trend that demographers say has been consistent since 2006. While the state population is still growing, it is growing at a slower rate than before and fewer people are specifically moving to Austin.
If you live in Austin you may have heard the statistic that about 120 people move to the city every day. According to state demographers, now about 35 people becoming new Austin residents every day. That 120 number may no longer be accurate in Austin but it is accurate for other areas nearby.
At Texas Pie Company in Kyle, business is booming. They sold out of Friday lunch specials before 1 p.m. It's a small sign reflecting the huge growth the owners, Spencer Thomas and Julie Albertson have seen since moving there 19 years ago.
"We found Kyle... a sleepy little farm town at that time, close to I-35, close to Austin," says Thomas.
Kyle isn't so sleepy anymore. According to the Texas Demographic Center, both Hays and Williamson County populations are growing rapidly.
"They're growing almost twice as fast as Travis County," says Lila Valencia, senior demographer at the Texas Demographic Center.
Currently both Williamson and Hays Counties get about 120 new residents every day while Travis County grows by about 60 people per day and the City of Austin grows by about 35 people per day.
"Those are people that are added both from moving to the area as well as being born into the area," explains Valencia.
The growth started slow and Thomas has watched it build up over several years.
"It's just been so gradual. It's been kind of sneaky. You look around and go, 'When did they build that?' he says.
According to Kyle Mayor Travis Mitchell, in 2000 about 5,000 people lived in Kyle. Now their population sits around 47,500.
"Every time we see a new field plowed up and turned into a housing development we go, 'Great! More customers for Texas Pie Company!'" says Thomas.
Statewide most of the population growth is in what demographers call the "population triangle" which includes Dallas-Fort Worth, Central Texas and Houston.