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Regional Population

The Gulf Coast region's almost 12,000 square mile area is home to over 7 million people.  The region is home to three of the top 20 fastest growing counties in the nation with a population of over 250,000 - Fort Bend, Montgomery and Brazoria counties. Sixty-five percent of the population resides in Harris County, the most populous county in Texas, the third most populous county in the nation and home of the City of Houston.


Quick Statistics

  • Total regional population grew 16% from 2010 to 2017, almost three times faster than the nation's 5.5 percent growth rate for the same period.
  • The population is becoming less Anglo with the percent of Hispanic or Latino population rising from 29% in 2000 to 34% in 2010 to 36 percent in 2016, the most recent year for which detailed demographic data is available.
  • The City of Houston is the state's largest city with a population of 2.3 million.
  • The fastest population growth in the region between 2016 and 2017 occurred among the counties immediately adjacent to Harris County: Fort Bend, Montgomery and Brazoria counties, which posted increases of 3.1, 3.0 and 2.4 percent, respectively, compared to Harris County's increase of only 0.8 percent over this same period.
  • The Gulf Coast Region is home to four of the top 20 fastest-growing counties in the state between 2010 and 2017: Fort Bend, Montgomery, Waller, and Chambers Counties (30, 24, 18, and 17 percent, respectively).

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