Coldwell Banker Commercial - Lubbock ,Texas
Jul 13, 2017

Lubbock, Amarillo, Abilene, and other west Texas cities register strong population growth

The populations of Abilene, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, and Wichita Falls all increased over the past several years and are projected to continue increasing, according to recent population estimates and projections.


Coldwell Banker Commercial Capital Advisors analyzed population estimates from the United States Census Bureau and found that most mid-sized west Texas cities registered strong population growth in recent years.

Population growth between 2010 and 2016:

  • Abilene: grew by 5,162 to 122,225
  • Amarillo: grew by 8,887 to 199,582
  • Lubbock: grew by 22,933 to 252,506
  • Midland: grew by 23,463 to 134,610
  • Odessa: grew by 17,931 to 117,871
  • San Angelo: grew by 7,502 to 100,702
  • Wichita Falls: grew by 171 to 104,724

Numerically, Midland, Lubbock, and Odessa have seen the greatest population growth since 2010. Wichita Falls recorded the weakest population growth, gaining fewer than 200 new residents between 2010 and 2016.

The Texas Water Development Board projects these cities’ populations to all increase in the coming decades, though at varying amounts.

Projected 2050 populations:

  • Abilene: 139,656
  • Amarillo: 285,985
  • Lubbock: 342,371
  • Midland: 167,838
  • Odessa: 161,725
  • San Angelo: 133,586
  • Wichita Falls: 117,013

The population growth—both historical and projected—of these mid-sized Texas cities is evidence of their economic health and suggests that they will remain attractive markets for real estate investments and development.

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Contact: Garrett Haley, (806) 784-3219

Coldwell Banker Commercial Capital Advisors

Sources: United States Census Bureau, Texas Water Development Board