According to the U.S. Census Bureau, San Antonio had the largest numeric population gain in the country from 2016-2017, for U.S. cities of at least 50,000 residents. With a growth rate of 1.6 percent, the city added at least 24,200 people in that year-long period.
Census data also shows that five of the top 15 U.S. cities that added the most people – plus seven of the country's fastest-growing cities – are located in Texas.
The San Antonio area is now home to more than 1.5 million people and the city's population is projected to add 1 million more by 2040.
Why are more people moving to Texas and to San Antonio, specifically? Where are they coming from? How is the City planning for this continuing population influx?
What impact can population growth have on other socioeconomic issues such as transportation, employment, education, conservation, social services and the criminal justice system?
- Ron Nirenberg, mayor of the City of San Antonio
- Bridgett White, director of planning for the City of San Antonio
- Steve Murdock, former head of the U.S. Census Bureau and State Demographer of Texas; founding director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University
- Romanita Matta-Barrera, executive director of SA Works at the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
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