Unique Texas Town Sees Major Population Growth

Years ago, many would find themselves greeted by a field of wildflowers or grazing cows as they drove along Interstate 35 heading northeast of San Antonio. Now, that same road is flooded with hot apartment complexes and popular retail and grocery stores.

New Braunfels, Texas has quickly become the third-fastest-growing city in America, as reported by The New York Times.

“People have found New Braunfels — the word is out,” the city’s mayor, Rusty Brockman said. “And I think we are going to continue to deal with this growth for a long time.”

For many, the city was most known for its location of Schlitterbahn water park, where families would get together to have an enjoyable summer vacation. Now, thousands are flocking to the growing city. Over the past decade, the population has grown tremendously with the total adding up to 32,500 residents.

With the city’s unique location between Austin and San Antonio, it receives thousands of visitors and tourists who are looking for something fun to do on the weekend. New Braunfels paints a perfect picture of what America is evolving to and how we can foresee population growth soon.

As we’ve seen from states like California, Colorado, and New York, with population growth, comes widespread diversity. For the first time in decades, the city is no longer home to a predominantly Anglo population, with Latinos equating to about 35 percent of residents.

With this new growth, city officials have had to create a new budget to set aside money for an infrastructure initiative. Currently, that budget is set to at least $30 million. On top of that, $600 million plans to be allocated towards water and wastewater projects. Although those are good starting figures, more money will be needed as the population continues to grow.

Jeff Jewell, the city’s director of economic and community development, said in the past year, a total of 1,400 permits were issued to build new homes. If that is not a sign of the population boom, we do not know what to tell you.

Although the city has lost a lot of its small-town feel, the benefits seen from this type of growth are remarkable. Businesses across the city are booming in revenue, as they welcome new customers every day and the median household income is now $90,000.

Click here for the original article from The New York Times.