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Austin Leads the nation for the 5th year in a row

CONTINUING COVERAGE GROWING AUSTIN

Metro Austin exceeds 2 million in population For fifth year, 5-county area is U.S.’s fastest-growing large metro. BYJAMES BARRAGÁN JBARRAGAN@STATESMAN.COM From July 2014 to July 2015, the Austin-Round Rock metro population grew from 1,943,465 to 2,000,860. With rapid population growth come both opportunities and problems. LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN image007 copy This subdivision along Highway 71 West near Lake Travis is just one of many where homes are being built in and around Austin as the population of the city and nearby counties continues to grow. LAURA SKELDING / AMERICAN-STATESMAN image009 copyimage010 copy The Austin metro area is officially home to more than 2 million people, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers released Thursday. From July 2014 to July 2015, the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area — which includes Travis, Williamson, Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell counties — grew from 1,943,465 to 2,000,860, making it the fastest-growing metropolitan area with a population over 1 million for the fifth year in a row.

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