by James C. Sherlock

People go where they feel welcome.

Texas is now one of only two U.S. states with a population of 30 million or more.

The Census Bureau reported today that from 2000 to 2022, Texas gained 9,085,073 residents, more than the entire population of Virginia.

From 2000 to 2022, the population of 11 of Texas’s 254 counties more than doubled, according to July 1, 2022 population estimates released today.

Those new nine million people have not yet been counted for redistricting of the U.S. House of Representatives. But it is coming as a result of the 2030 census.

Some things are, indeed, relative.

The bulge in Texas growth in 2005-2006 includes Katrina migrants from Louisiana and Mississippi. The COVID/social unrest uptick we all know about.

Updated Mar 31 at 12:15 with graphic of population change in U.S. and Texas 2000-2022.