Looking to move to new Braunfels? You're not alone. The popular Hill Country city was just named the second-fastest growing city in the nation, per census information released today. With nearly 4,500 new residents accounting for 6.6 percent growth between July 2014 and July 2015, New Braunfels jumped six spots on the list from last year's ranking at No. 8.
“The numbers showed the vigorous growth along the Interstate 35 corridor, between San Antonio and Austin, again signaling the two cities will eventually grow together into a mega-region with little distinction from one community to the next,” said the San Antonio Express-News. “It also shows huge population gains in smaller, mid-size suburban cities like New Braunfels that satellite large cities like San Antonio.”
The population growth in New Braunfels, which has almost doubled since 2000, can be chalked up to several factors:
Location—New Braunfels is centrally located between Austin and San Antonio and convenient to both. That means an easy drive to work whether you're employed at USAA in San Antonio, Whole Foods in Austin, or one of the cities' other large employers.
Jobs—But, living in New Braunfels also means a vibrant job market even closer to home. The new HEB plus, which is expected to be finished soon, is bringing hundreds of new jobs to the city. That's in addition to the 1,000 new jobs coming from the new San Marcos Amazon facility and hundreds more at Epic Piping and Canadian-based CGT U.S. Limited.
Lifestyle—Between the great parks, activities on the water from tubing on the Comal to fishing or boating on Canyon Lake, and hotspots like Schlitterbahn, the city offers a range of activities that appeal to those buying a home in New Braunfels. Add in a small-town feel that contrasts its great convenience, and it's no wonder why so many people are moving to New Braunfels.
Media outlet Thrillist also recently named New Braunfels the San Antonio metro area’s best suburb, saying, “Most San Antonio residents (and Austin residents, for that matter) are quite familiar with New Braunfels as a go-to launch point for some sweet tubing on the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers. “But beyond that, there's some serious history here. If tubing in naturally occurring rivers isn't enough for you, there are always the water slides at massive water park Schlitterbahn, and if that doesn't get your heart racing, two words: SNAKE FARM!”
New communities in New Braunfels like The Crossings attract families with everything the city has to offer plus two single-family neighborhoods with modern floorplans, spacious gathering areas, and many of today’s most coveted features; an ideal location close to I35 but in a private, peaceful enclave, and onsite amenities including a swimming pool, grassy play areas, and walking trails.
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