Population Growth in Texas for 2017

Central Texas Landscape - Photo Courtesy of Leaflet

Central Texas Landscape - Photo Courtesy of Leaflet

According the the Census Bureau, Texas' population increased to 28.3 million people in 2017.

That means that in this past year alone, the great State of Texas had roughly 400,000 new people call the Lone Star State their home.  Texas ranked as the seventh fastest growing state in the Nation for 2017, with a growth rate of 1.4 percent.  


Chart Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

Chart Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

When the 400,000 people new to Texas are broken down by their origin, the Bureau found that 209,690 residents accounted for was due to a natural increase, and 189,580 residents are calculated by net migration (the difference between the number of people who left Texas and the number of people who moved to Texas). 


Chart Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

Chart Courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

Texas Cities With The Most Growth

April Sound on Lake Conroe - Photo Courtesy of Katie Haugland Bowen via Flickr

April Sound on Lake Conroe - Photo Courtesy of Katie Haugland Bowen via Flickr

According to the U.S Census Bureau, these are the Texas area cities whose population has been on the incline.  In fact, these five cities rank among the top ten fastest growing cities in the United States.   The populations figures below are based on the percent change from July 2015 – July 2016.


Conroe, Texas

Located just north of Houston – was the fastest growing city in the nation last year.

Population Increase:  7.8%  (This growth rate is 11 times higher than the national average)

Average Home Price: $275,990

Average Rent: $1,500


Frisco, Texas

Located about 25 miles north of Dallas, in Collin County.

Population Increase: 6.2%

Average Home Price: $392,700

Average Rent: $2,150


McKinney, Texas

Part of the Dallas metroplex, and is located about 37 miles north of Dallas.

Population Increase: 5.9%

Average Home Price: $296,500

Average Rent: $1,850


Georgetown, Texas

Located in Williamson County and about 30 miles away from Austin.

Population Increase: 5.5%

Average Home Price: $264,200

Average Rent: $1,600


New Braunfels, Texas

Part of Comal County, New Braunfels is a principal city of the San Antonio-New Braunfels metropolitan statistical area.

Population Increase: 4.7%

Average Home Price: $217,900

Average Rent: $1,550


Home Price and Rent Statistics were found at Zillow.com and reflect current prices as of July 2017.  Population statistics come courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau

Texas Is King For Population Growth

Everyone is moving to the great state of Texas these days.  With beautiful, amenity-rich master-planned communities, a stellar economy and top education choices, who can blame them? 

Recently the Texas Association of Realtors published a study that suggests that more people are relocating from California to Texas than any other state.  For that matter, in 2015 alone 65,546 people decided to leave California behind and take residence in the Lone Star State. 

“The data in this report came as no surprise to Texans, especially those who have transplanted from California.  I talk to people almost every day who made the trek from California to Texas, and without fail, they tell me their move is due to either greater job opportunities, much lower-priced housing, an escape from a left-coast political climate, or just a better quality of culture and life,” said Attorney General Paxton in a press release.

In the same reports put out by the Texas Association of Realtors, we learned that Texas has had a net-gain of out-of-state residents, of about 107,000 people in 2015. 

The Houston area has experienced the largest surplus of new transplants. The county with the highest level of new residents was Harris County, with 19,000 new residents relocating from out of the state of Texas.  Behind Harris County was Tarrant County in fourth and Travis County in fifth place in the ranks.


Texas Ranks As The Best State For Business


Everyone is coming to Texas to make business happen.  

In an annual survey of hundreds of CEOs from across the United States conducted by Chief Executive Magazine, Texas has again been named the “Best State For Business” for 2017. This is the 13th year in row that Texas has been ranked number one, with the rankings highlighting Texas as an exporting powerhouse, shipping over $232 billion in goods in 2016.

The rankings also note that Texas is home to the second largest state airport system in the country, as well as 11 deep-water ports and 10,425 miles of freight rail, more than any state.

“For the 13th straight year, Texas proudly assumes the mantle of being recognized as the best state for business by America’s CEOs,” said Governor Abbott. “Companies in Texas, around the country, and across the world are relocating and expanding in the Lone Star State at a rapid clip due to our business-friendly policies. Coupled with our high-quality workforce, I’m confident we will continue to lead the way in creating a welcoming home for businesses in Texas.”

Read more:The Gilmer Mirror - Chief Executive Magazine Names Texas Best State For Business For 13th Straight Year


Texas Wins Big in Best Places to Live Rankings

There is no doubt that Texas is the greatest state to call home, and what certainly makes that statement much more tantalizing is that all of the major cities in Texas ranked in the top 25 of the 2017 Best Places to Live survey results put out by U.S. News and World Report.

The 2017 Best Places to Live Rankings included 100 of the United States largest metro areas and was based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life.  Also taken into consideration were prior poll results on best healthcare and best education options.  Final results were a conjunction of these facts collected along with a survey taken across thousands of people in the U.S. asking what they find the most critical when looking for a new city to dwell in.

Here is a list of the top cities in Texas to make the Best Places to Live list:

#1 - Austin, Texas: 7.8 Overall Score, 7.3 Quality of Life, 7.3 Value

#15 - Dallas-Fort Worth, TX: 7.1 Overall Score, 6.5 Quality of Life, 7.4 Value

#20 - Houston, TX: 7.0 Overall Score, 6.4 Quality of Life, 7.5 Value

#23 - San Antonio, TX: 6.9 Overall Score, 6.5 Quality of Life, 7.3 Value

*2017 Best Places to Live survey results information Courtesy of U.S. News and World Report.

Texas State Capitol - Austin, Texas.  Photo Courtesy of Flickr

Texas State Capitol - Austin, Texas.  Photo Courtesy of Flickr

Williamson County Association of Realtors partners with Austin Relocation Guide

Williamson County brings a new addition to the Community with the WCREALTORS announcing a new partnership with the Austin Relocation Guide.

The Williamson County Association of REALTORS® is thrilled to announce their partnership with the Austin Relocation Guide (ARG) to produce the first Williamson County Newcomer and Relocation Guide. This annual publication will cover all cities in Williamson County and explore our diverse and growing community.

With the help of WCLife, this new guide will highlight and promote the benefits of living in Williamson County. The first issue is scheduled to be published in August of this year.

This comprehensive resource will help inform and assist families and individuals throughout the decision making and moving process. From choosing which city, to finding a realtor, choosing a new school, and other essential moving services, the Williamson County Relocation Guide will be THE source for all things Williamson County! In connection with the www.wclife.org website, the Williamson County Relocation Guide will reach far beyond print distribution. Communities, businesses and individuals will be able to access the digital version online, providing additional information, a business directory, calendar of events, and more!

Space reservations are now being made, with premium positions fill up fast. To secure your spot, or to get additional information, please contact Robert at robert.nusbaum@webmediagroup.com. Limited spots are still available. Don’t miss out on the inaugural issue.

As a Special incentive for WCREALTOR members, all members who sign up early will receive additional free advertising opportunities on the WCLife website.

More information will continue to be shared throughout the next several months regarding this exciting new project.

"The Mission of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® is to help its members meet present and future real estate challenges in Williamson County, to enhance and promote REALTOR® members’ professionalism, to encourage member involvement in the various communities of Williamson County, and to provide quality services for its members."

Austin Housing Market Pushes a Positive Incline of Home Sales in September 2016

Photo Courtesy of Highland Homes - Austin, Texas

Photo Courtesy of Highland Homes - Austin, Texas

The numberS are in, and Austin still steadily makes gains in the month of September. Marking the beginning of the end of 2016 - a bench mark year in Austin Real Estate.

There is no denying that Austin, Texas is a city where jobs are happening, the economy is robust and home sales continue to follow the current trend of riding the upward slant from 2015.  Even despite the season dip Austin faces year to year in September, the month still rose above the numbers from the year prior across the board.

Just how great where the home sales for the month of September in Austin?  Existing home sales for the month totaled at 2,857.  This number is 1.5% higher than in September 2015 and for the first nine months of 2016, 25,428 homes were sold.  This is according to numbers provided by the Austin Board of Realtors and the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M.  

Recently reported by the National Association of Realtors, information for the U.S. indicates that homes sales are up 2.8% over the amount one year ago.  Statewide numbers and comparisons are also in a surplus when you compare 2016 year-to-date-sales over 2015.

With steady numbers on the rise in home sales, one can’t help but wonder what the average home in Austin is selling for.  In the month of September, the year-to-date median sales price of a home came in at $279,900, while the monthly median for September was $269,995, up 6.7% from one year ago.

What anyone can collect from the September 2016 reports is that Austin is a fantastic – and affordable – place to relocate to.  Not only that, but the economic predictions for Austin are positive.  For more information on housing options, homebuilders and communities in the Austin area, visit our website www.austinrelocationguide.com.

Source: Special thank you to: Austin Chamber of Commerce, Real Estate Center at Texas A&M and the National Association of Realtors.