Because of its draw as a destination for migrating talent, metro Austin's population surpassed 2.0 million in 2015. The decade ending 2017 saw a 34.1% increase in population, and growth was 2.7% for the year ending July 2017. Census Bureau estimates show that Austin remains one of the top destinations for migrating talent. Austin ranked first among the 50 largest U.S. metros based on net migration as a percent of total population in 2015. In addition, 6.9% of Austin residents in 2017 lived elsewhere one year earlier. That is the largest rate among the top 50 U.S. metros.
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