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The pictures on this blog are from the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait, or taken by the photographer of the book, Peter Tsai.

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Austinskylinesunsetpetertsai20 S Austin is the 13th Largest city in America, Texas Continues to Grow Rapidly

Austin just passed San Francisco as the 13th Largest city in the US.

Between 2010 and 2011, Austin was the 3rd fastest growing city in America,  growing from a population of 790,390 residents to 820,611 people living in Austin city proper.

The whole state is taking on new residents quickly, as Texas claimed 8 of the top 15 fastest growing cities in the nation during the same time period.   Austin grew 3.8 percent, while neighboring Round Rock grew 4.8 percent.  Those impressive growth rates make Austin the number 3 and Round Rock the number 2 fastest growing cities in the country.

This growth comes as no surprise, as studies in years past have shown Austin to be a premier destination for young people and magazines and news agencies have named Austin in too many superlative lists to count.

The change is easy to see in everyday life in Austin.  Just drive down any major street near downtown and the new high rise development will tell you that the growth isn’t anywhere close to being over.  Also, anyone living in Austin knows that rents in Austin are going up due to the influx of new residents.

With a strong Austin jobs outlook for the foreseeable future, we can expect similar high growth rates in future census reports.

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