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    Bexar County to add 1.4 million new residents by 2050

    texas flagBexar County, where San Antonio sits, is projected to grow by 85 percent by 2050, with 1.4 million new residents. These new residents will expand the county’s population to 3.1 million. The fastest growing suburban county in the San Antonio area, Guadalupe County, is projected to expand its population by 209.7 percent by 2050, from 131,500 in 2010 to 407,388.

    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. 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.

    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.

    And in the Houston region, for example, Harris County’s growth rate is dwarfed by projected growth in Fort Bend County to the south, which will grow by 367.8 percent with the addition of 2.1 million new residents by 2050.

    But perhaps only in Texas, it seems, can we look at 200 percent population growth for a county and consider it slow. It’s a testament to just how fast demographers project Texas’ population to grow overall, with the state population projected to roughly double in size by 2050.

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