Over the lastÂ year, Texas added 432,957 new residents, pushing the Lone Star Stateâs population to almost 28 million, U.S. Census Bureau dataÂ released this week shows.Â Â That amounts to about 1,183Â new Texans each day and the biggest population jump of any state in the country.Â Florida was next, adding 367,525 residents from July 2015 to July 2016, followed by California, which added 256,077 people. Â
Steve Murdock, former head of the U.S. Census, said he canât predict how long Texas can keep up its breakneck growth -- if he did, he joked, âIâd be a lot richer man than I amâ -- but the state has three factors going for it.Â The first is that the state (and Dallas-Fort Worth in particular) has attracted a lot of new residents from other states in what demographers callÂ domestic migration.Â Thatâs a phenomenon North Texans know well, as regional officials make luring corporate relocations from elsewhere in the U.S. a top priority.Â Second, Texas is a major destination for immigrants. Thatâs in large part because itâs a border state, but also because Texasâ economy has been a draw for investment from around the world.Â Immigration, then, feeds into what Murdock described as Texasâ third pillar of growth: natural increase -- or what happens when more people are being born than are dying.Â Because Texas is more diverse than most states, with a largeÂ Latino population, residents tend to be younger than in other states.Â That means theyâre more likely to have kids.
All of which -- you guessed it -- makes Texas a good place for companies to move even more jobs.Â Without a growing population, some companies wouldnât be able to hire the workers they need. Basically, Murdock said, itâs all good news for Texas. âThe thing to understand is that there are many factors in growth -- and some of it is criticized as growth we didnât want,â he said. âBut the reality of it is, weâre growing, and weâre prospering.âÂ The nationâs population overall grew by 0.7 percent to 323.1 million in 2016.
-Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Dallas Morning News, December 23, 2016