Population overview

Because of its draw as a destination for migrating talent, metro Austin's population surpassed 2.0 million in 2015. The decade ending 2020 saw a 33.0% increase in population, and growth was 3.0% for the year ending July 2020. 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 2020. In addition, 6.6% of Austin residents in 2019 lived elsewhere one year earlier. That is the second largest rate among the top 50 U.S. metros.

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Population & population growth

2000

2010
2020
PERCENT CHANGE
2000-10
2010-20
Austin MSA
1,249,763
1,716,289
2,283,371
37.3%
33.0%
Bastrop Co.
57,733
74,171
97,216
28.5%
31.1%
Caldwell Co.
32,194
38,066
45,883
18.2%
20.5%
Hays Co.
97,589
157,107
241,067
61.0%
53.4%
Travis Co.
812,280
1,024,266
1,290,188
26.1%
26.0%
Williamson Co.
249,967
422,679
609,017
69.1%
44.1%
Texas
-
-
-
20.6%
15.9%
United States
-
-
-
9.7%
7.4%
Population growth 2010-2020

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Decennial Census.

Population by county

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates.

Population projections
2010
2020
2030
2040
2050
Austin MSA
1,716,289
2,246,701
2,868,341
3,629,227
4,560,117
Bastrop Co.
74,171
86,105
99,211
112,145
125,002
Caldwell Co.
38,066
44,284
50,777
56,565
62,066
Hays Co.
157,107
234,896
347,120
509,975
746,149
Travis Co.
1,024,266
1,291,502
1,540,812
1,775,204
1,980,918
Williamson Co.
422,679
589,914
830,421
1,175,338
1,645,982
Population growth rates
2010-2020
2020-2030
2030-2040
2040-2050
Austin MSA
30.9%
27.7%
26.5%
25.6%
Texas
18.0%
17.6%
16.6%
16.4%

Source: Texas State Data Center, 2018 Population Projections.

Net migration per 10,000 population, 2010-2020

50 largest metros

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates.