People better get used to the idea of Fort Worth growing like a weed. Well, not a weed, a lovely flower.
Earlier this month, U.S. Census Bureau information showed that the country’s fastest growing big city with at least 500,000 residents is the City of Cow. Fort Worth’s 42 percent growth topped Charlotte, North Carolina’s 40 percent, Austin’s 27 percent, San Antonio’s 18 percent, and El Paso’s 17 percent.
In other words, Fort Worth blew every other big city in Texas out of the water when it came to percentage of growth, based on a five-year survey.
Poor Dallas saw less than 3 percent growth, ranking 24th.
That discrepancy in growth will only increase in the coming decades. Dallas, like Arlington, is mostly landlocked. They can’t grow in size, only in population.
Annexation rights give Texas cities the power to grab unincorporated land on its borders. But cities to our east don’t have much unincorporated area left to nab.
Fort Worth has massive amounts of land it can acquire through its extra-territorial jurisdiction. The city is about 350 square miles, and could double in physical size and explode in population during this century.
Whether that’s good or not depends on whom you ask.