Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington had the largest numeric gain of any metro area in the United States between 2006 and 2007, according to estimates released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Three other Texas cities also made the top ten.

The population in the DFW metro area increased by 162,250. Number two was Atlanta–Sandy Springs–Marietta, Ga. (151,063), followed by Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. (132,513).

Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown (120,544) ranked fourth, Austin–Round Rock (65,880) eighth and San Antonio (53,925) tenth.

Austin–Round Rock, with its 4.3 percent growth rate, also ranked fifth on the bureau’s list of ten fastest-growing U.S. metro areas by rate of growth. In fact, eight of the areas on the list are in the South. Landing at number one was Palm Coast, Fla., at 7.2 percent.

For more information, visit the Census Bureau online. Also, read “Looming Boom” in the January 2008 issue of Tierra Grande, the Real Estate Center’s quarterly magazine.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau