The region now has 7.5 million people, making it the fourth largest metropolitan area in the country. What is driving this enormous growth is the increase in companies interested in new locations and headquarters. The state government has worked hard to create a business-friendly climate. The city continues to grow significantly, at least in part because of affordable housing and excellent public schools.
But as a native of Texas, I would be doing a disservice if I ignored growth in many of the state's communities with smaller populations. New Braunfels, a conservative stronghold among progressive cities, is the largest city in Comal County, which voted overwhelmingly for Donald J. Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is among the fastest-growing cities in the United States, and this trend seems to continue. While some people lament what they perceive as the fading of a small Texas town, it's worth celebrating the small cities that are booming.
Thanks to its dominance of the oil industry, which encompasses every aspect of the business, from piping to transportation and trading futures, Texas maintains an appeal that Ohio and Michigan have lost: a large number of high-paying labor jobs. In fact, Texas could be the best place to live in the near future, if you don't mind the heat caused by global warming and be ground zero for the fascist apparatus. And if data from MoveBuddha and other sources are any indication, several small Texas towns are an economic force to be reckoned with. Do a Google search for the “best cities for college graduates” and you'll get a list full of winners like Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Louisville.
Known for its German roots and its world-famous water park, New Braunfels, Texas, on the thriving corridor between San Antonio and Austin, grew 56 percent over the past decade. As its population has grown, with many newcomers from large Texas cities and states such as California, Colorado and New York, the city has also become more diverse. League City, Texas, is about 26 miles southeast of Houston and is equidistant from the coastal city of Galveston to the southeast. Unlike almost any other region in the U.S.
In the US, Texas continues to support employment growth in secondary and even small cities thanks to demand for oil and gas. Publications such as The Wall Street Journal and Money magazine cite the city's strong downtown, vibrant music scene and well-preserved Civil War battlefields among the reasons the city is growing.