AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas now has over 30 million people, according to recently released estimates from the US Census Bureau.
As of July 1, 2022, the population of Lone Star State is estimated at 30,029,572. This means that Texas joined California as the only two states with more than 30 million people.
The Census Bureau has yet to release new estimates for 2022 for counties and cities. 2021 data shows that Houston remains the state’s largest city with over 2.2 million people.
San Antonio and Dallas have 1.4 million and 1.2 million residents respectively, with Austin and Fort Worth rounding out the top five, each with over 900,000 people.
New estimates show that Texas added nearly 475,000 new residents between July 1, 2021 and the same date in 2022. This is more than in any other state.
Florida’s population also grew by over 400,000, while North Carolina and Georgia added over 100,000 residents.
A total of 32 states and the District of Columbia saw increases in population, while 18 states and Puerto Rico saw population declines.
In particular, New York lost more than 180,000 residents, while the populations of California and Illinois declined by more than 100,000 people.
Looking at percentage change, Texas is the fourth fastest growing state with a population growth of 1.59% between 2021 and 2022.
Florida’s population grew by 1.91%, while Idaho and South Carolina grew by 1.82% and 1.72%, respectively.
Puerto Rico’s population has declined the most, at 1.25% between 2021 and 2022. New York, Illinois, and Louisiana saw population declines of over 0.8%.
The country’s population in July 2022 was estimated at 336,509,346, more than 1.2 million more than in 2021. In the country as a whole, the population grew by 0.36%.
Forecasts from the Texas Population Center indicate that the state is expected to experience robust growth over the next few decades. The center has two projections, depending on the speed of migration.
If migration continues at the same pace as it did from 2010 to 2020, the population of Texas will exceed 40 million by 2049 and reach approximately 44.4 million in 2060. 36.7 million in 2060.