Austin now 11th-largest, but where are these people coming from?

Austin now 11th-largest, but where are these people coming from?

by Colin Pope
Editor, Austin Business Journal

The recent news that Austin is the 11th-largest U.S. city, according to Census numbers, shocked a lot of people. We’re growing fast, but that fast?

It seems like only yesterday we were ranked No. 13. Oh, wait, that was yesterday. But the number crunchers have now determined that over the past year we’ve grown a bit bigger than Indianapolis and Jacksonville, Fla.

The Census has probably more information than you want to know here. If you click that link, be sure to note the graph that points out that San Marcos and Cedar Park — both Austin suburbs — are at or near the top of the country’s fastest-growing cities list.

But a big question on many minds, which this Census data doesn’t really answer, is: Where are all these people coming from? A couple of years ago Forbes shed some light on that subject when it published this cool map, which actually tracks where people are moving from. One of our reporters liked it so much it hung in our newsroom for about two years — a pretty long lifespan for a piece of paper in a newsroom.

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