Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Austin population has doubled every 25 years or so since founding

Austin's Fox7, KTBC-TV, fashioned this image of Mayor Lee Leffingwell after he nailed a claim about the city's population growth (air date: March 7, 2014).
Austin's Fox7, KTBC-TV, fashioned this image of Mayor Lee Leffingwell after he nailed a claim about the city's population growth (air date: March 7, 2014).

Before pleading his case for voters to sign off on an inner-city rail line, Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell said the city's population has doubled every 25 years or so since its founding.

That claim checked out--leading Austin's Fox7 News, KTBC-TV, to fashion the image below and to the right, underneath some of our past fact checks of Leffingwell, who is in his last year as mayor.

Read our full Truth-O-Meter story for the historical population counts--or watch the Fox7 report here.