Austin population experiences rapid growth

November 13, 2012 by  

According to data from the latest census, which was release in late October, Austin suburbs are experiencing rapid population growth. The census indicates that the number of residents in Pflugerville has increased from 4,400 in 1990 to 42,536 between 2009 and 2011. The population is continuing to grow, with higher numbers in Round Rock, Kyle, and Cedar Park. The number of inhabitants of the five counties in the Austin metro area has increased by almost half a million people in the last 10 years. Austin’s population increased by 24%, while smaller suburbs experienced faster growth rates.

The figures for the census are estimates obtained from the American Community Survey and study the period 2009 to 2011. The data provides greater detail of the effects of population growth – showing the ages, education, and how families are made up – to present an accurate portrayal of the population. Looking at the data for all areas with a population of 20,000 or more indicates an increasing attraction for young families to move to bedroom communities.

The population boom has created an increased demand for housing and other services in the region. According to estimates, 42% of homes in Pflugerville were built after the year 2000. A spokeswoman for the Pflugerville Independent School District said that schools were being built to meet growing demand, with almost one school campus constructed each year since 2000. Other industries in the region are likely to benefit, including local print companies, which will gain increased custom from local businesses. Brandon Wade, the City Manager of Pflugerville, expressed concern as growth created increased demand for services.