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Comal County Still Second-Fastest Growing

Vintage Oaks subdivision in New Braunfels, seen here from 20,000 feet according to its Facebook page, is just one of dozens of new developments accommodating the migration of hundreds of new Comal County residents.

Comal County is the second-fastest-growing county in the United States for the second year in a row, and the fastest-growing county of its size, according to new population estimates released on Thursday, April 18 by The U.S. Census Bureau.

Comal’s population is now over 148,000 – 5.4 percent higher than last year’s estimate and about 37 percent higher than the 2010 Census. The county was ranked second behind Williams County in North Dakota.

Most of Comal’s growth is attributed to migration of people from elsewhere in Texas or other states.

Counties with the largest numeric growth are all located in the south and the west, with counties in Texas taking four out of the top 10 spots according to a press release issued  by the Census Bureau.

“One interesting trend we are seeing this year is that metro areas not among the most populous are ranked in the top 10 for population growth,” said Sandra Johnson, a demographer in the Census Bureau’s Population Division. “Though no new metro areas moved into the top 10 largest areas, Phoenix, Seattle, Austin, and Orlando all experienced numeric increases in population since 2010, rivaling growth in areas with much larger populations. This trend is consistent with the overall growth we are seeing in the south and the west.”

In the coming months, the Census Bureau will release 2018 population estimates for cities and towns, national, state- and county-level housing unit estimates, as well as national, state and county population estimates by age, sex, race and Hispanic origin.

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