More Eye-Popping Population Growth Figures for Bexar County, Texas

Texas continues to see significant gains in population, and Comal County is the second fastest growing county in the USA by percentage increase, according to new figures from the Census Bureau, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Comal County has added 40,000 new residents since the 2010 Census, to a 2018 population of 148,000, or a 5.4% growth rate.

Kaufman County, near Dallas, Midland County, and Hood County in Texas are also among the top ten counties in percentage population growth in the past nine years.

Bexar County is in the top ten counties int he USA in terms of numeric growth, adding a quarter million residents sine 2010, to a 2018 poplation of 1,986,000, or just a shade under 2 million.

Other Texas counties which are in the top ten in numeric population growth include Harris, Collin, and Tarrant. In fact, D/FW is the fastest growing metropolitan area in the country in the past eight years.

The figures show that Americans continue to flee the north and east for the south and west. Of the top ten counties for numeric growth, all are in the south and the west, and the areas which are experiencing the greatest loss in population are generally in the north and east, including Charleston West Virginia and Watertown New York. Many of the areas which saw the largest population decline are in Puerto Rico, which lost population to the mainland following the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

Meanwhile, UTSA demographer Rogelio Sawenz has given us insight into who the new residents of San Antnoio are and where they are coming from.

Saenz says the city's Asian population is growing at a larger rate than any other ethnic group, and will surpass the city's African American population soon.

"Now for the last decade or so, Asians have represented the major immigrant group to the United States," he said.

Saenz says Asians, who generally arrive with higher levels of educational attainment and lower birth rates than other groups, have the potential to reshape the face of San Antonio. He says not the least impact will be in helping San Antonio face more toward China and India in coming decades, after a century of being a Latin American facing community.

He says the Latino population will continue to be dominant in San Antoio in the coming decades, despite the fact that San Antonio is actually receiving fewer international immigrants from Latin America than in recent years. In fact, immigration to San Antonio from Mexico, which has been dominant since the Mexican Revolution of the 1920s, has essentially stopped.

"We have the improving Mexican economy, we also have how much more difficult it is to come into the United States, especially if you are unauthorized."

Saenz says despite all the attention being given to the Central American 'migrant caravans' moving into Texas, and people even being deposited on the streets of San Antonio by immigration officials, he doesn't expect many to remain in San Antonio. The reason for that is the city's history of Mexican migration has led to the city not having a large Central American population, and immigrants have a tendency to migrate to where family members and people from their own region life, and that largely is not San Antonio.

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