The Austin area was ranked the fastest-growing large metropolitan area for the fifth year in a row, leading the area’s population to finally surpass the 2 million mark for 2015, according to recently released Census Bureau data.
On Thursday, the Census Bureau released population growth data for 2015 compared to 2014, showing 57,395 new residents are now calling the Austin-Round Rock metro area home.
“There’s nothing magical about the two million mark, but I think people take a step back and say, ‘Wow, Austin’s bigger than I thought,’” Austin demographer Ryan Robinson said. “I know that’s a sort of simplistic sort of thing, but it’s a significant threshold.”
Large metropolitan areas are defined by having a population of more than 1 million,…