There’s no denying that the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is growing. While much of DFW is seeing increases in population, Denton and Collin counties are seeing growth on a more rapid level.
Lila Valencia, senior demographer for Texas Demographics, said the majority of the increase is from domestic migration from cities and states across the United States.
According to a 2017 county population survey from the U.S. Census Bureau, Denton County has the 10th highest amount of domestic migration in the U.S., with 96,000 new residents moving in over the last five years. Collin County had the sixth highest, with 86,000 moving in.
Another factor of the growth is internal migration, Valencia said.
“A lot of the movement is within the Metroplex,” she said. “A lot of the people who are moving to Denton and Collin counties are from Dallas and Tarrant counties.”
A myriad of reasons are attracting people to Denton and Collin counties, but some of the biggest reasons is a stable economy, she said.
“What attracts people to different areas is economical based,” Valencia said. “It can be a difference in cost and living expenses.”
In 2016, the average income for a resident of Denton County was $76,678, according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the unemployment rate was 3.5 percent. For Collin, the average income was $86,188, and the unemployment rate was 3.6 percent.
Housing costs seem to be healthy too. The U.S. Census Bureau shows the average home value was $212,220 in 2016, and the average rent was around $1,050 in Denton County. For Collin County the average home value was $240,700, and the average rent was $1,168.
Valencia said many young people who are looking to get established, settle down and have families are moving into Denton County while those who are more established in life are more likely to move to Collin County.
“Denton County may attract many people who are younger and who are needing that jump start,” she said.
Denton County as a whole is also a diverse county. According the U.S. Census Bureau, Denton County consists of 19 percent Hispanic, 10 percent African American and 9 percent Asian. Collin County's population is similar with 15 percent Hispanic, 10 percent African American and 15 percent Asian.
Valencia said the diverse population exposes the county to different ideas and skill sets.
Like with any growth, the influx of people can place an increased demand on infrastructure and services, Valencia said. But it’s not impossible to solve those issues.
“It’s just a matter of how well those areas can keep up that growth,” she said.