Census: Commuter population in Austin areaCensus: Commuter population in Austin areahttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=79612013-03-12T08:08:00Z2013-03-12T08:00:00Z

AUSTIN - Almost 90,000 people in Williamson County head south to work in Travis County, according to a new census report using 2006-2010 commuting figures.

Some 46.2 percent of Williamson County workers are employed in Travis County, making Williamson third in the nation by percentage of a county’s workforce that works in a single, outside county.

Fort Bend County leads the country in that category, with 60.6 percent of its workers commuting to Harris County.

Second is Pinal County, Ariz., with 47.2 percent of workers commuting to Maricopa County, home of Phoenix.

An additional 49,250 people commute into Travis from the three other largest surrounding counties — Hays, Bastrop and Caldwell — and Travis County itself counts more than 450,000 people who live and work within the borders of the county.

Those numbers indicate that “the Austin metropolitan economic muscle is still firmly within Travis County,” said Ryan Robinson, the City of Austin’s demographer. “And yet you also begin to see a higher level of interaction between all the area counties. And that to me is evidence of a decentralizing employment field.”

Just over 95,000 Williamson County residents, according to the census figures, work in that county, which is home not only to more than 10,000 Dell Inc. employees in Round Rock, Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw said, but also to numerous other employers with several hundred workers apiece. And about 35,000 Travis County residents make the trek north to work in Williamson County.

Read more at the Austin American-Statesman. Be sure to check out the interactive maps.

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