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Houston 2nd Fastest Growing Metro Region in the Nation
May 1st, 2018
By A.J. Mistretta

The Houston metropolitan area saw the second largest population increase between 2016 and 2017, according to statistics from the U.S. Census. That's further evidence that job growth and a strong economy are prompting more people to relocate to the region. 

The local area ended 2017 with just under 6.9 million residents, an increase of 94,417 people over 2016. According to the Brookings Institution, nearly 25% of the entire metro population falls in the millennial category. Higher-than-average wages are likely another factor in the region's population growth. The average weekly wage among Houston area companies was $1,187 at the end of 2017, the seventh-highest in the nation.

The report also shows that between 2016 and 2017, the number of counties that showed a positive net migration was 1,661 (52.9 percent), meaning more people moved into the county than moved out, and 1,470 (46.8 percent) counties showed negative net migration, meaning more people moved out of the county than moved into the county.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area experienced the biggest population increase over the same time period. 

Click here for more from the Census Bureau report. 

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