Bastrop is the 11th-fastest-growing county in Texas, according to U.S. Census data measuring growth from 2015 to 2016.
In that year, Bastrop County grew by 3.15 percent, reaching an estimated population of 82,733 in 2016.
“Our growth is expected, since we are next door to perhaps the No. 1 economy in the nation,” Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape said. “Jobs are available and our cost of living is relatively low.”
Bastrop County’s net migration rate was 25.91 in 2016, meaning that for every 1,000 people in the county, about 26 of them were newcomers last year. Since 2010, the county has grown by larger rates year over year, with 2012 being the only exception.
In 2012, the county’s population decreased by 312 residents following the 2011 Complex Fire that burned 34,000 acres, destroyed over 1,600 homes and left two people dead.
“As we grow, we have to balance private property rights and the public interest,” Pape said. “Growth is neither good nor bad, although I think we’d all prefer a community that is dynamic rather than dying. It’s all in the way we manage it to achieve desired outcomes.”
And with the county’s development services office reporting permit requests are up near record levels, Pape said the “challenge is to manage the growth to preserve the rural ambiance of Bastrop County, as best we can.”
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