Texas continues to lead the United States in raw population growth, according to Census estimates released Tuesday.

The population estimates, based on the 2010 Census, show the Lone Star State recorded the most growth of residents from 2019 to 2020. There were 373,965 more Texas residents in 2020 than in 2019 — marking the biggest increase since 2017 — according to the estimates, which don’t incorporate the 2020 Census results.

The state’s suburbs also continued swelling. Collin and Denton counties are projected to have larger population increases than Harris County, for example. Meanwhile, Fort Bend County is expected to record the sixth-largest population increase in the country.

Still, Harris County is forecast to remain one of the fastest-growing counties in the country, coming in fifth overall.

The latest figures also indicate the continuation of a trend related to the growth: Expansion mostly driven by migration, as the state once again became the top destination for relocating Americans. It’s expected to remain second to Florida in the number of arriving international migrants.

People moving to the state from 2019 to 2020 comprised most of the population growth, 58 percent. Natural population increases, the number of people born minus the number of individuals who died, made up 42 percent of the growth.



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