Don't mess with Texas! Cities in the Lone Star State were among the fastest growing places in 2009.
Dallas-Forth Worth and Houston gained the most new residents of any city - netting more than 140,000 each - according to the Census Bureau's annual metropolitan area population estimates released on Wednesday. Meanwhile, music center Austin posted the second highest growth rate among top cities - 3.1 percentÂ - just behind Raleigh, N.C.
"Texas stands as the most prominent Sun Belt survivor of the last half of the decade because of its diversified economy, smaller run-ups in housing prices, and fewer foreclosures," said William Frey, a demographer for the Brookings Institute, a liberal think tank.
Overall, the population of the United States has grown more than 9 percentÂ to 307,006,550 since the 2000 census. The population grew 0.86 percent since last year's estimates.
These figures are an advance look at what to expect when the 2010 census results are released in December. The population figures determine how much federal money states and cities receive, as well their representation in Congress, among other things.