The Midland-Odessa combined statistical area was the fastest-growing region in the United States from 2010-15, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
According to the data, the Midland-Odessa CSA saw a 17 percent population increase after growing by 47,347 people. July 2015 estimates put the total population for this area at 326,115.
The Midland metropolitan area was estimated to have 166,718 people as of July 1, 2015, up 25,047 (18 percent) from the April 1, 2010, census.
According to data from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Midland metropolitan statistical area’s unemployment rate for February was 4.0. The Midland MSA had a labor force of 89,933. Compared to February 2015, the labor force fell 3,274 (3.5 percent).
The Odessa metro population was estimated at 159,436 on July 1, 2015, up 22,306 (16 percent) from the April census.
According to a Census Bureau press release, Midland and Odessa were two of five Texas metros that were among the top 20 fastest growing between 2014 and 2015. The other Texas metros were Austin, College Station-Bryan and Houston.
Four Texas metros combined for an additional 412,000 people.
“The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land and Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metro areas added about 159,000 and 145,000 residents, respectively — the largest gains of any metro areas in the nation,” the press release said. “Two additional Texas metro areas adjacent to each other — Austin-Round Rock and San Antonio-New Braunfels — were each also among the 16 nationwide to gain 50,000 or more people (from July 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015).”
Also from the press release: “Among very small counties, Loving, Texas, was the fastest growing of those with a population of fewer than 5,000 people in 2015 (28.7 percent growth).” Loving County’s population as of July 1, 2015, was 112, an increase of 25 residents since 2014. Loving has the lowest population in Texas.