These Texas areas outpaced the nation in population growth

It's a cliché, but things really are bigger in Texas, especially when it comes to population.

New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau show that four Texas metros together added more people in 2015 than any state in the country — except for Texas as a whole.

The Austin-Round Rock area added 57,395 people from July 1, 2014 to July 1, 2015, trailing behind Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land (159,083 people added) and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington (144,704). San Antonio-New Braunfels was fourth at 51,285. See the infographic at the bottom of this story for a visual representation of the growth.

Collectively, these four metro areas added 412,000 people and Texas as a whole added 490,000.

The Census Bureau report provides population estimates for 381 metropolitan statistical areas of the country, 536 micropolitan statistical areas and 3,142 counties.

Eight counties spearheaded Texas' growth. As expected, North Texas had four of those counties — Tarrant, Dallas, Collin and Denton — along with Houston's two counties, Harris and Fort Bend. Harris led the nation by adding more than 90,000 people.

San Antonio's Bexar County and Austin's Travis County also were among the eight.

The Villages, Fla., west of Orlando, was the nation's fastest-growing metro area for the third year in a row, as its population increased 4.3 percent between 2014 and 2015.

Other findings from the report:

• Five Texas metros ─ Midland, Odessa, Austin, College Station- Bryan and Houston─ were also among the 20 fastest growing between 2014 and 2015.

• Houston, Austin and Orlando were the only three metros nationwide among both the 20 biggest gainers and the 20 fastest growing between 2014 and 2015.

• Los Angeles, Calif., remained the nation's most populous county with 10.2 million people on July 1, 2015.

• Next to Texas, California(five) and Florida(three) contained the highest number of counties on the list of the top 20 by overall growth between 2014 and 2015.

• Among the largest counties (those with populations of 250,000 or more in 2015), Fort Bend, Texas, was the fastest growing, as its population climbed 4.3 percent to 716,087.

• Among very small counties, Loving, Texas was the fastest growing with a population of fewer than 5,000 people at 28.7 percent

• The nation's metro areas contained 275.3 million people in 2015, an increase of about 2.5 million from 2014.

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