The CNN headline, just posted, says it all: "Census Bureau: Dallas posts biggest population gain." That's based on July 1, 2009, population estimates released today, which say that Dallas and Houston gained about 140,000 people each from July 1, 2008, to July 1, 2009. (Actually, if you look at the Excel file provided by the bureau, Dallas is "Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington." And Houston refers to "Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown.") So, to what do we attribute the big gains? Let's ask the expert:
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"Texas stands as the most prominent Sun Belt survivor of the last half of the decade because of its diversified economy, smaller run-ups in housing prices, and fewer foreclosures," said William Frey, a demographer for the Brookings Institute, a liberal think tank.
Also, from the CNN report, this noteworthy nugget:
In the past decade the Dallas area has added almost 1.3 million people -- more than any other city. As a result, it stands to receive quite a bit more than the $4 billion in federal funds it earned in 2008. And Election Data Services predicts that Texas will pick up at least three more seats in Congress. (It currently has 32 House seats.)