WASHINGTON (National Association of Realtors) – Texas has eight of the nation’s 15 fastest-growing cities and six of the top seven, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

From April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011, Round Rock had the second-highest rate of population change in the country, with 4.8 percent growth. Following Round Rock were Austin, Plano, McKinney and Frisco, each with 3.8 percent. Denton was seventh with 3.4 percent; McAllen and Carrollton claimed the 13th and 14th spots with 3 percent each.

Coming in first was New Orleans with nearly 5 percent growth.

“These numbers provide further evidence of a continuation of the trend of rapid population growth in Texas we observed between the 2000 and 2010 censuses,” said Census Bureau Director Robert Groves.

To compile its list, the Census Bureau evaluated population increases in 2011 for cities with more than 100,000 residents.