Headline in the Austin American Statesman in the March 27, 2014 paper. The population grew 10% from 2010 and added over 47,000 new residents from July, 2012 to July 2013. If only these folks would leave their cars from wherever they came from that would be OK with me! Austin ranks #1 in population growth and that is great, and not so great as it also ranks #4 in having the worst traffic! All in all, it is a great time to invest in Austin area real estate because all of these transplants need a place to live.