Fort Worth’s 2.6 percent population growth rate between 2001 and 2002 was the highest among Texas’ 10 largest cities, according to estimates made public Thursday by the Census Bureau. Cowtown expanded to nearly 568,000 people, about 10,000 shy of El Paso, which grew by 1.1 percent. If those paces continue, Fort Worth will supplant El Paso at No. 5 by next summer.
And, as one who has lived in both cities, Fort Worth is better in every single respect.
More than 11,000 people moved out of Dallas between 2001 and 2002 despite its net increase of about 5,600. Texas state demographer Steve Murdock noted that San Antonio, which gained about 23,000 to reach 1.17 million last summer, by now should be on the verge of passing Dallas (1.21 million) as the state’s second-largest city.
Best quote? It’s about Austin:
Austin, which grew at a brisk 4.1 percent annually during its tech-driven heyday, was the only major Texas city to lose population as it shrank by about 1,100 between 2001 and 2002.
Austin is still a place where people want to live, says downtown-area real estate broker Kevin Burns. It seems to help, though, if they don’t need a job.