The meteoric rise of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area’s population continues skyward, and it's now topping every city in the nation. From 2017 to 2018, the region added about 361 residents per day, according to population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Put another way, DFW gained 131,767 residents in just one year, the Census Bureau says. That’s as if the region absorbed a city around the size of, well, Carrollton or Denton, every 365 days.
All in all, the area ranked first in numeric population growth from 2017 to 2018 among U.S. metro areas with at least 1 million residents, the bureau’s estimates show. On July 1, 2017, the bureau counted an estimated 7,407,944 residents in the DFW area. On July 1, 2018, the area’s population stood at 7,539,711. The bureau’s estimates take into account people moving into and out of the area, as well as births and deaths.
If you think that growth rate is impressive, consider the Metroplex’s leap in population from 2010 to 2018.
For that period, DFW ranked first among all U.S. metro areas for population growth on a numeric basis. The Census Bureau says the region’s headcount shot up about 17.3 percent from 2010 to 2018, going from 6,426,222 to 7,539,711.
Collin, Tarrant, and Kaufman counties have done their part to feed the area's growth. Among U.S. counties, Collin County and Tarrant County ranked fourth and eighth, respectively, in population growth on a numerical basis. Collin County spiked 33,753 residents, from 971,393 in 2017 to 1,005,146 in 2018. Tarrant County's population increased by 27,463 residents, from 2,057,468 in 2017 to 2,084,931 in 2018.
Elsewhere in Texas:
- The Austin metro area's population grew 2.5 percent from 2017 to 2018, going from 2,115,230 to 2,168,316, an added 53,086 residents.
- The population of the San Antonio metro area grew 1.8 percent from 2017 to 2018, going from 2,474,274 to 2,518,036. In that one-year span, the area added 43,762 residents.
- For 2017 to 2018, Comal County ranked sixth among U.S. counties for percentage growth in population. The number of residents jumped 36.8 percent, from 108,485 to 148,373.
- In seventh place for percentage population growth among U.S. counties from 2017 to 2018 was Kendall County. The number of residents soared 36.6 percent, from 33,411 to 45,641.
- Houston's metro area grew by 91,689 residents from 2017 to 2018. The region's population increased from 6,905,695 to 6,997,384.