Nearly 2,000 moved to Abilene since 2010Nearly 2,000 moved to Abilene since 2010https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=72292013-05-31T06:54:00Z2013-05-31T00:00:00Z

TAYLOR COUNTY, TOM GREEN COUNTY - Nearly 2,000 people moved to Taylor County since 2010, 1,824 of whom made Abilene their home, according to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Taylor County, population 133,473, showed the most gain in residents in the Big Country within the two-year period ending July 2012, followed by Erath County’s 1,431 additional people. Most other counties in the region decreased in population — such as Brown, Stephens and Jones — while gains in some were not significant.

Tom Green County, which had 110,224 people in 2010, showed a significant uptick, 3,057, with nearly 2,700 going to San Angelo.

“Some of our rural counties continue to lose people, and is very bad for us because it affects the schools, it affects everything,” said Tom Smith, executive director of West Central Texas Council of Governments. “If you don’t have enough people, hospitals close, nursing homes close and that causes you to lose more people.”

The Census Bureau reports that the oil and gas boom is driving population growth in areas with drilling and production. According to the bureau’s 2012 estimates, Midland was the fastest-growing metro area in the nation with its population increasing 4.6 percent. Odessa ranked fifth. While the population increase in the Permian Basin can be attributed to the recent oil industry boom, in other places it is a combination of factors.

Counties within the Cline Shale oil play showed mixed population results. The highest gain was in Howard County, which added 396 people, followed by Scurry County with 205.

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