Very metropolitan: Austin-Round Rock soars past 2 million-person markVery metropolitan: Austin-Round Rock soars past 2 million-person markhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=125802016-03-24T05:00:00Z2016-03-24T21:10:00Z

​​​AUSTIN - ​The Austin metro area is officially home to more than 2 million people, according to U.S. Census Bureau numbers.

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.

"That of course won't be news to anyone who lives here," said Austin's city demographer, Ryan Robinson. "We've become so accustomed to that very high level of population growth being part of our daily existence."

"Population growth is being driven by very healthy job creation in addition to a very high quality of life," Robinson said. "The crest is still somewhere out there in the future. I don't know how many years we have left, but it looks like we have a couple."

For Robinson, the most significant thing about surpassing the 2 million-person mark is that it shows Austin is in a new league, one that requires more and better infrastructure.​​

Austin American-Statesman
Austin-Round Rock
Demographics & Population
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