Monday, February 21, 2011

MINORITIES FUEL TEXAS' GROWTH SPURT

WASHINGTON, D.C. (U.S. Census Bureau, Texas Tribune) – Texas' population increased by 20.6 percent during the last decade, with minorities accounting for 89 percent of the growth.

According to data released yesterday by the U.S Census Bureau, the state's Hispanic population grew by 42 percent between 2000 and 2010. They made up 37.6 percent of the state's more than 25.1 million residents last year. The black population grew by 22 percent and accounted for 11.8 percent of last year's population.

The white population increased by 4.2 percent and accounted for 45.3 percent.

Asians made up 3.8 percent of the state's total population last year.

The following tables show population increases for certain Texas cities and counties.

City

2010 population

Percent Increase
Since 2000

Houston

2,099,451

7.5

San Antonio

1,327,407

16

Dallas

1,197,816

.8

Austin

790,390

20.4

Fort Worth

741,206

38.6

El Paso

649,121

15.2

Arlington

365,438

9.8

Corpus Christi

305,215

10

Plano

259,841

17

Laredo

236,091

33.7

County

2010 Population

Percent Increase
Since 2000

Harris

4,092,459

20.3

Dallas

2,368,139

6.7

Tarrant

1,809,034

25.1

Bexar

1,714,733

23.1

Travis

1,024,266

26.1

El Paso

800,647

17.8

Collin

782,341

59.1

Hidalgo

774,769

36.1

Denton

662,614

53

Fort Bend

585,375

65.1