January 24, 2017

How much will Austin’s population grow by 2020? Brace yourselves.

By John Egan, Culturemap

Think Austin is jam-packed now? Well, you’d better brace yourself. By 2020, the city is expected to be home to nearly 950,000 people.

A new report from the City of Austin’s auditor predicts the city’s population will swell from an estimated 855,136 in 2015 to 943,555 in 2020. That would be a population increase of 10.3 percent in just five years. As of July 2016, the city’s population stood at 931,830, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

The addition of more than 88,000 residents (roughly equivalent to the entire population of Sugar Land, a Houston suburb) during the 2015-20 time span is bound to further aggravate one of the city’s nagging challenges: affordable housing.

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