Explosive growth continues in Dallas-Fort Worth

Bernard Weinstein, an economist and associate director of SMU's Maguire Energy Institute, talks about continued growth in the DFW region.

By Steve Campbell

The explosive growth across Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington and much of Texas isn't slowing down.

The DFW metropolitan area recorded the largest increase in the nation from July 1, 2011, to July 1, 2012, adding 131,879 people, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released today.

The 2 percent uptick pushed the Metroplex population to 6,700,991.

Since the April 1, 2010, census, DFW's growth spurt is even more impressive: The population has increased by 4.3 percent, or 274,781 people....

The energy sector is fueling growth across Texas and the nation, said Bud Weinstein, associate director of the Maguire Energy Institute at Southern Methodist University.

"There's no question we are in the midst of an energy boom unlike anything we've seen since the 1970s, and the difference this time is not just in Texas, Oklahoma and the Southwest. It's all over the country. Wherever there is drilling and production of oil and gas from shale plays, you are seeing significant population and job growth," he said....

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