March 23, 2017
Harris County drops to No. 2 nationally in population growth, according to Census data
After eight straight years of boom - adding more new residents than any county in the nation - Harris County in 2016 felt some of the oil bust's sting.
The county gained a total of about 56,600 people last year, a decline of 37 percent from the previous year, placing it behind Arizona's Maricopa County, which added nearly 81,400 new residents.
The decline was largely attributable to the fact that for the first time in years more people - about 16,000 - left Harris County than moved here from elsewhere in the country, according to Census data released Thursday.
Despite the losses, Harris County held on to its No. 2 position in the nation in overall growth thanks to the number of people moving here from abroad and the number of births.