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Texas population sees most growth in country in 2017

Texas population sees most growth in country in 2017

SAN ANTONIO - Texas grew by more than one-thousand people per day last year, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report. The report, which looked at the population from July 1, 2016 to July 1, 2017, also said Texas saw the most numerical growth in the country, but compared to years past, it was lower.

“There still are people moving to Texas, [but] not as many as there were moving in 2015,” State Demographer Lloyd Potter said.

According to the report, 399,734 people became Texans. More than half of the new Texans were newborn babies, which Potter said was growing at a steady pace. The rest were people moving to Texas, which has actually declined.

"When we see a slowdown in that, that's suggesting that perhaps there's a slowdown in employment opportunity,” Potter explained. “The other thing that could be happening is that more of the people who are living in Texas are filling the jobs that are being created."

Potter said the economy will be the key thing in determining if Texas will continue to dominate when it comes to growth.

"If our economy continues at the pace that it has been, I would think that we would continue to grow in a pretty healthy way,” he said.

The U.S. Census Bureau said it will release population growth by cities and counties in the coming months.

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