Harris County vs. Texas
Comparative Trends Analysis:
Population Growth and Change, 1969-2022
Introduction
Harris County vs. Texas
Harris County:
2022 Population = 4,780,913
2022 Percent of State = 15.92%
Texas:
2022 Population = 30,029,572
2022 Percent of U.S. = 9.01%
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Harris County with comparisons to Texas and the nation at large. This analysis features alternative approaches toward discussing, diagnosing and comparing Harris County vs. Texas' population growth over 1969-2022. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Population, 1969-2022
Population, 1969-2022
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks Harris County's annual population for the period 1969-2022 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 54-year period, Harris County's population rose from 1,709,436 in 1969 to 4,780,913 in 2022, for a net gain of 3,071,477, or 179.68%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population, 1969-2022
Population, 1969-2022
Figure 2.
Figure 2 tracks Texas' annual population for the period 1969-2022 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 54-year period, Texas' population rose from 11,045,000 in 1969 to 30,029,572 in 2022, for a net gain of 18,984,572, or 171.88%.
NOTE: The county and state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2022
Population Indices (1969=100): 1969-2022
Figure 3.
Figure 3 portrays Harris County's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with Texas, the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1969 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1969 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Harris County's overall population growth was 179.68% over 1969-2022 outpaced Texas' increase of 171.88%, and topped the United States' increase of 65.57%.
Population as a Percent of the Texas Total: 1969-2022
Population as a Percent of the Texas Total: 1969-2022
Figure 4.
Another interesting and insightful way of highlighting the population growth of Harris County is to compare its individual percentage contributions to Texas' statewide population over time, as shown in Figure 4. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than Texas' population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1969, Harris County's population comprised 15.48% of Texas' population, while in 2022 it comprised 15.92% thereby yielding a +0.44% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2022 vs. 1969
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2022
vs.
1969
+0.44%
=
15.92%
-
15.48%
 
   
Harris County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2022
Harris County Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1970-2022
Figure 5.
Figure 5 shows the short-run pattern of Harris County's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1970-2022. The average annual percent change for the entire 53-year period is also illustrated on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Harris County's population grew at an annual rate of 1.97% over 1970-2022. The county posted its highest growth in 1982 (5.89%) and recorded its lowest growth in 1987 (-1.30%). In 2022, Harris County's population grew by 0.96%
Harris County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2022
Harris County Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1970-2022
Figure 6.
Over the past five decades some counties have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 6 again illustrates the annual percent change in Harris County's population since 1970, but this time they are overlayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, and 2020-2022.
During the 1970s, Harris County's annual population growth rate averaged 3.18%. It averaged 1.72% in the 1980s, 1.97% in the 1990s, 1.85% during the 2000s, 1.55% during the 2010s, 0.54% thus far this decade (2020-2022).
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 7.
Figure 7 compares the decade average growth rates for Harris County noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for Texas and the nation. As the chart reveals, Harris County's average annual population growth outperformed Texas' average in the 1970s (3.18% vs. 2.32%), lagged Texas' average during the 1980s (1.72% vs. 1.93%), amounted to less than Texas' average during the 1990s (1.97% vs. 2.04%), trailed Texas' average in the 2000s (1.85% vs. 1.89%), recorded above Texas' average throughout the 2010s (1.55% vs. 1.53%), and fell below Texas' average over the 3 year period of the current decade, 2020-2022 (0.54% vs. 1.34%).
Finally, relative to nationwide population growth trends, Harris County led the nation over the 1970s (3.18% vs. 1.10%), outgained the nation during the 1980s (1.72% vs. 0.95%), outgained the nation during the 1990s (1.97% vs. 1.23%), exceeded the nation in the 2000s (1.85% vs. 0.95%), surpassed the nation throughout the 2010s (1.55% vs. 0.74%), and registered above the nation over 2020-2022 (0.54% vs. 0.31%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
1.97
3.18
1.72
1.97
1.85
1.55
0.54
0.96
 
1.91
2.32
1.93
2.04
1.89
1.53
1.34
1.59
 
0.96
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.74
0.31
0.38
 
   

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Harris County:
Population, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
1,709,436
100.0
N
15.48
1970
 
1,750,208
102.4
2.39
15.58
1971
 
1,798,997
105.2
2.79
15.63
1972
 
1,836,292
107.4
2.07
15.62
1973
 
1,880,758
110.0
2.42
15.65
1974
 
1,947,128
113.9
3.53
15.87
1975
 
2,028,784
118.7
4.19
16.14
1976
 
2,111,896
123.5
4.10
16.37
1977
 
2,180,492
127.6
3.25
16.53
1978
 
2,259,012
132.1
3.60
16.74
1979
 
2,337,502
136.7
3.47
16.83
1980
 
2,438,539
142.7
4.32
17.01
1981
 
2,546,583
149.0
4.43
17.27
1982
 
2,696,632
157.7
5.89
17.59
1983
 
2,757,212
161.3
2.25
17.50
1984
 
2,757,361
161.3
0.01
17.23
1985
 
2,747,170
160.7
-0.37
16.88
1986
 
2,782,260
162.8
1.28
16.80
1987
 
2,745,987
160.6
-1.30
16.52
1988
 
2,730,720
159.7
-0.56
16.38
1989
 
2,763,975
161.7
1.22
16.45
1990
 
2,835,927
165.9
2.60
16.63
1991
 
2,912,041
170.4
2.68
16.74
1992
 
2,982,258
174.5
2.41
16.79
1993
 
3,033,757
177.5
1.73
16.70
1994
 
3,080,698
180.2
1.55
16.59
1995
 
3,121,621
182.6
1.33
16.47
1996
 
3,172,959
185.6
1.64
16.41
1997
 
3,229,338
188.9
1.78
16.36
1998
 
3,295,050
192.8
2.03
16.35
1999
 
3,359,671
196.5
1.96
16.34
2000
 
3,414,239
199.7
1.62
16.30
2001
 
3,471,291
203.1
1.67
16.28
2002
 
3,536,682
206.9
1.88
16.31
2003
 
3,586,133
209.8
1.40
16.28
2004
 
3,630,185
212.4
1.23
16.21
2005
 
3,681,829
215.4
1.42
16.16
2006
 
3,807,435
222.7
3.41
16.30
2007
 
3,863,344
226.0
1.47
16.21
2008
 
3,938,580
230.4
1.95
16.20
2009
 
4,034,866
236.0
2.44
16.27
2010
 
4,107,451
240.3
1.80
16.27
2011
 
4,178,781
244.5
1.74
16.30
2012
 
4,261,594
249.3
1.98
16.36
2013
 
4,350,992
254.5
2.10
16.46
2014
 
4,452,976
260.5
2.34
16.55
2015
 
4,553,991
266.4
2.27
16.62
2016
 
4,619,635
270.2
1.44
16.60
2017
 
4,651,955
272.1
0.70
16.50
2018
 
4,672,445
273.3
0.44
16.39
2019
 
4,704,042
275.2
0.68
16.30
2020
 
4,734,505
277.0
0.65
16.20
2021
 
4,735,287
277.0
0.02
16.02
2022
 
4,780,913
279.7
0.96
15.92
Source: Calculations by the Texas Regional Economic Analysis Project (TX-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
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Texas:
Population, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
11,045,000
100.0
N
5.49
1970
 
11,236,772
101.7
1.74
5.51
1971
 
11,509,640
104.2
2.43
5.57
1972
 
11,758,760
106.5
2.16
5.62
1973
 
12,018,970
108.8
2.21
5.69
1974
 
12,267,865
111.1
2.07
5.75
1975
 
12,568,182
113.8
2.45
5.83
1976
 
12,903,268
116.8
2.67
5.93
1977
 
13,191,790
119.4
2.24
6.00
1978
 
13,497,726
122.2
2.32
6.08
1979
 
13,887,312
125.7
2.89
6.18
1980
 
14,338,208
129.8
3.25
6.31
1981
 
14,746,318
133.5
2.85
6.43
1982
 
15,331,408
138.8
3.97
6.62
1983
 
15,751,674
142.6
2.74
6.74
1984
 
16,007,088
144.9
1.62
6.79
1985
 
16,272,722
147.3
1.66
6.84
1986
 
16,561,103
149.9
1.77
6.90
1987
 
16,621,767
150.5
0.37
6.86
1988
 
16,667,040
150.9
0.27
6.82
1989
 
16,806,729
152.2
0.84
6.81
1990
 
17,056,755
154.4
1.49
6.83
1991
 
17,398,005
157.5
2.00
6.88
1992
 
17,759,738
160.8
2.08
6.92
1993
 
18,161,612
164.4
2.26
6.99
1994
 
18,564,062
168.1
2.22
7.06
1995
 
18,958,751
171.7
2.13
7.12
1996
 
19,340,342
175.1
2.01
7.18
1997
 
19,740,317
178.7
2.07
7.24
1998
 
20,157,531
182.5
2.11
7.31
1999
 
20,558,220
186.1
1.99
7.37
2000
 
20,944,499
189.6
1.88
7.42
2001
 
21,319,622
193.0
1.79
7.48
2002
 
21,690,325
196.4
1.74
7.54
2003
 
22,030,931
199.5
1.57
7.59
2004
 
22,394,023
202.8
1.65
7.65
2005
 
22,778,123
206.2
1.72
7.71
2006
 
23,359,580
211.5
2.55
7.83
2007
 
23,831,983
215.8
2.02
7.91
2008
 
24,309,039
220.1
2.00
7.99
2009
 
24,801,761
224.6
2.03
8.08
2010
 
25,238,863
228.5
1.76
8.16
2011
 
25,630,063
232.1
1.55
8.22
2012
 
26,055,816
235.9
1.66
8.29
2013
 
26,438,164
239.4
1.47
8.35
2014
 
26,907,878
243.6
1.78
8.43
2015
 
27,399,070
248.1
1.83
8.51
2016
 
27,830,020
252.0
1.57
8.58
2017
 
28,192,251
255.2
1.30
8.63
2018
 
28,510,878
258.1
1.13
8.68
2019
 
28,857,754
261.3
1.22
8.74
2020
 
29,232,474
264.7
1.30
8.82
2021
 
29,558,864
267.6
1.12
8.90
2022
 
30,029,572
271.9
1.59
9.01
Source: Calculations by the Texas Regional Economic Analysis Project (TX-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
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United States:
Population, 1969-2022
 
1969
 
201,298,000
100.0
N
1970
 
203,798,722
101.2
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
102.7
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
104.0
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
105.0
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
106.0
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
107.0
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
108.1
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
109.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
110.3
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
111.6
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
112.9
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
114.0
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
115.1
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
116.1
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
117.2
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
118.2
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
119.3
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
120.4
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
121.5
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
122.6
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
124.0
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
125.7
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
127.4
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
129.1
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
130.7
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
132.3
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
133.8
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
135.4
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
137.0
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
138.6
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
140.2
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
141.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
142.9
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
144.1
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
145.5
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
146.8
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
148.2
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
149.6
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
151.1
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
152.4
0.88
2010
 
309,378,433
153.7
0.85
2011
 
311,841,632
154.9
0.80
2012
 
314,344,331
156.2
0.80
2013
 
316,735,375
157.3
0.76
2014
 
319,270,047
158.6
0.80
2015
 
321,829,327
159.9
0.80
2016
 
324,367,742
161.1
0.79
2017
 
326,623,063
162.3
0.70
2018
 
328,542,157
163.2
0.59
2019
 
330,233,102
164.1
0.51
2020
 
331,511,512
164.7
0.39
2021
 
332,031,554
164.9
0.16
2022
 
333,287,557
165.6
0.38
Source: Calculations by the Texas Regional Economic Analysis Project (TX-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2023
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