HOUSTON (CBS Houston) If you are feeling a bit more company in Houston and Harris County, there’s a reason for that; the latest findings from the Census indicate that the city of Houston as well as Harris County are currently seeing a population explosion!

Thursday’s release of numbers from the Census Bureau show that Harris County gained the most residents in the country. Approximately 80,000 more folks between the years 2011 and 2012 now call Harris County home.

In terms of Houston, the Bayou City came in a close second behind Dallas on the list of metro areas with the largest population increase. Approximately 125,000 new residents are now Houstonians and the figures are from 2011 to 2012.

What’s the reason for the explosive growth here in these parts? Experts say that the huge oil and gas boom as well as great jobs in the healthcare and energy fields can be attributed to the booming Houston and Harris County populations.

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)-

(Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)-

Individuals are finding prosperity as well as great jobs and opportunities in Houston as well as Harris County and it is a trend that is expected to last well into the next five to ten years.

With this growth comes those growing pains. Experts also state that there are increases in traffic congestion, so if we are not one of those folks who packs patience into our commutes, we may think about doing so.

There is good news with these numbers. Houston’s light rail system is making upgrades and great office areas as well as residential homes and complexes are being built to accommodate those who have planted feet firmly on Houston and Harris County’s soil.

Another great bright spot to think about when it comes to prosperity and southern living here, Houston remains one of the least expensive major cities in America to live in as well as the most single ethnically diverse city in the country. So, welcome to Houston and Harris County!

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