Don’t mess with Texas! Cities in the Lone Star State were among the fastest growing places in 2009.

Dallas-Forth Worth and Houston gained the most new residents of any city — netting more than 140,000 each — according to the Census Bureau’s annual metropolitan area population estimates released on Tuesday. Meanwhile, music center Austin posted the second highest growth rate among top cities — 3.1% — just behind Raleigh, N.C.

“Texas stands as the most prominent Sun Belt survivor of the last half of the decade because of its diversified economy, smaller run-ups in housing prices, and fewer foreclosures,” said William Frey, a demographer for the Brookings Institute, a liberal think tank.