Population Growth is one of the indicators of urban successes in the United States (Linneman & Saiz, 2005). Municipalities compete for population growth in different ways: ensuring adequate housing supply; quality schools; or funding beautification projects for an enhanced quality of life (Hill & Brennan, 2012). Some suggest that Houston’s population growth is based on its ability to provide an affordable lifestyle for middle-class people, primarily due to low cost housing (Glaeser, 2011). Population growth has an essential impact on sustainability in that the per capita demand on non-renewable resources should be monitored to ensure supplies are available for present and future generations. Houston is the 4th largest city in terms of both population and land area and the 25th most densely populated among the 63 largest cities in the country ( U.S. Census Bureau, 2011).
Sustainability Benefit: Houston is attracting new residents, which suggests that these new residents perceive living in Houston as advantageous over other places to live.
Sustainability Issue: More residents require more resources. Sustainable management of natural resources in Houston is critical to ensure that the supplies are sufficient to accommodate the needs of increasing population levels.