Houston nation's fastest growing city last yearWe're officially the fastest growing city in the country last year (HAIF hat tip), adding almost 39,000 people (1.8%) inside the city limits to 2.2m. Phoenix, San Antonio, Forth Worth, and New Orleans round out the top 5 (NOLA bouncing back from a 50+% cut post-Katrina).
Peter Brown often laments that Houston is not getting its "fair share" of growth vs. the metro, but we seem to be doing better than every other city in the country, including much larger NYC, as well as LA and Chicago - and even better than smart growth Portland on both a numbers and percentage basis (since 2006 and even 2000, where they only grew 4% vs. our 10%). One of Peter Brown's stated models for master-planned growth and densification, Dallas only did one-quarter as well (one-fifth as well since 2000) on a population base about half ours.
When looking at gains since the 2000 census, we come in #2, just behind NYC on a base one-quarter their size (266K/8m vs. 254K/2m, or 13% - same % as ultra-hot Austin). Unlike Phoenix, SA, and FW, we don't actually have vast swaths of undeveloped land in the city limits that are getting built out with new suburban development - this growth is coming from redevelopment and natural densification driven by market forces and not impeded by our light regulatory touch - making us pretty unique among the growth leaders.