While the Census Bureau is still going door-to-door to complete the 2010 Census, it has released some information about population growth. One bit of news is the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX metropolitan area has added more residents over the past decade than any other American city, growing by 25 percent between 2000 to 2009 by 1.3 million people.
Possible reasons for this expansive growth range from the favorable business climate (Texas has no corporate income tax) to their centrally located airport, which is the third busiest in the nation.
Here are some other interesting initial Census result figures:
- The highest percentage increase in growth over the past decade goes to the Palm Coast, FL, metro area whose population has increased by 84% yet still suffers from high unemployment and a poor real estate market. Even though it made huge gains, there are only 92,000 people living there.
- Atlanta, GA added more than 1.2 million more people, Houston, TX added more than 1.15 million more residents, and Phoenix, AZ grew by 1.11 million.
- The biggest drop numerically and percentage-wise was New Orleans, LA, due to the tragic devastation of Hurricane Katrina.