The incredible, sustained growth that New Braunfels has experienced over the last several years shows no signs of slowing. The 13th-fastest-growing city in the nation is projected to grow another 36.47% over the next 15 years.
New Braunfels grew 4.7 percent in the past 12 months, according to the most recent Census numbers. Between 2010 and 2014, New Braunfels was No. 10 on the list of fastest-growing cities in Texas, rising to No. 6 this year.
The population spike is due to a number of factors: the city's strategic location on the i35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio, it's ability to attract new and expanding businesses, and it's desirable real estate options.
New Braunfels is at the epicenter of what’s being called the booming Austin-San Antonio area, which experts are saying “could eventually grow together into a mega, metro region,” according to the San Antonio Express-News. “The population boom along the Interstate 35 corridor shows Hays and Comal counties—both of which hug I-35 and are wedged between San Antonio and Austin—were the fifth and ninth fastest-growing counties in the U.S. from July 2013 to July 2014, according to census estimates. Both counties had moved up on the list from the previous year, when Hays was ranked the 10th-fastest growing county in the U.S., while Comal was 22nd.”
The publication surmises that the growth of cities like New Braunfels—the San Antonio-New Braunfels metro area was ranked 24th fastest-growing in the country last year—is due to “more people…moving into suburban ring counties that are close to large metro areas. There’s more available land there to build, and more businesses and industries — and therefore, more jobs — are also plunking down in those areas. Plus, commuters have easy access to big cities.
Thriving employment centers
Austin and San Antonio have become two of the top employment centers in the country. But New Braunfels has its own bustling employment center that continues to grow. The city’s large employers include the Comal ISD, Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Walmart Distribution Center, New Braunfels ISD, and Christus Santa Rosa. New Braunfels gained almost 2,000 jobs last year alone. “Three companies — IBEX Global, CBE Companies and Nexus Medical Consulting — were responsible for roughly 1,000 of the new jobs, according to Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce,” said the San Antonio Business Journal. A new HEB Plus coming to the city’s Northeast side will add hundreds more jobs, while a just-announced Amazon fulfillment center in neighboring San Marcos will bring 1,000 new jobs to the area.
Real estate opportunities
Another strong driver for New Braunfels’ success is the real estate opportunities offered in the city. From rural land to historic homes to masterplanned communities, New Braunfels has it all.
Communities like Vintage Oaks are among the city’s most popular choices. In fact, Vintage Oaks is the fastest-selling community in all of the Hill Country for the past two years. This masterplan offers a combination of Hill Country scenery, resort-style amenities, and a range of homes and homesites to meet the needs of families, retirees, and military.
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