ABC News’ Arlette Saenz reports:
The Lone Star State just got a whole lot bigger – 4.3 million Texans bigger to be exact – according to 2010 census data released today.
Texas’ population increased by 20.6% since 2000 to just over 25 million people in 2010, expanding at double the national rate of growth. Much of this growth emerged in the areas of San Antonio, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and the Rio Grande Valley.
San Antonio, home to the Alamo, jumped over Dallas becoming the second largest city in the state.
The Hispanic and Latino population in Texas saw a boom, now making up almost 38% of the state’s population, up from 32% in 2000. The number of Hispanics and Latinos in Texas grew by nearly 2.8 million people since 2000, accounting for over half the state-wide population growth.
This data will help Texas determine its redistricting in the coming year. Texas was the biggest winner in the reapportionment process in 2010 when it gained four House seats, raising the state’s total seats to 36. With much of the growth occurring in urban areas, cities like Dallas, Houston and San Antonio are expected to gain some of these representatives.