San Marcos fastest-growing city in the U.S.San Marcos fastest-growing city in the U.S.https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=72602013-05-29T14:38:00Z2013-05-29T08:00:00Z

SAN MARCOS - San Marcos is the fastest-growing large city by percent in the United States, according to updated population estimates announced by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The city added 2,339 new residents — an increase of 4.91 percent — between July 2011 and July 2012, the bureau said, pushing its official population above 50,000 for the first time.

San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero said news that San Marcos’ population is well beyond booming does not come as a total surprise. “The population of Central Texas as a whole is booming and San Marcos happens to be in the center of all that action. So we ended up with the largest gains,” Guerrero said.

Texas State University is a leading factor in the city’s growth, the mayor said, as is the city’s and county’s aggressive drive over the last decade to update and expand roads and other infrastructure.

Elsewhere in the I-35 corridor, Austin moved from the 13th most populous city in the nation to the 11th with a population of 842,592, according to the new estimates. San Antonio grew to 1,382,951 residents and kept its spot as the seventh-largest city in the U.S.

Two other corridor cities, Cedar Park and Georgetown, joined San Marcos on the list of the top ten fastest-growing large cities, defined as cities with a population of 50,000 or more.

At No. 4 on the list, Cedar Park’s population grew 4.67 percent to 57,957 residents and, at No. 7, Georgetown’s population grew 4.21 percent to 52,303 residents.

Of the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the country, eight are in Texas.

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