Suburban counties in the Austin and San Antonio metropolitan areas were among the fastest-growing in the nation between 2016 and 2017, according to figures the Census Bureau released late Wednesday.
In the Austin area, Hays, Williamson and Caldwell counties were among the fast-growing at 4.96 percent, 3.75 percent and 2.99 percent, respectively. Caldwell County, which abuts Travis County to the south, saw its largest growth rate this decade.; its previous annual growth rates since 2010 were under 2 percent.
Among metro areas with more than 1 million people, the five-county Austin area was the fastest-growing for the seventh consecutive year.