Fastest growing cities mostly in the South

Ten of the fifteen fastest-growing US cities were in the South, with Texas dominating the top 5

Fastest growing cities mostly in the South
Ten of the fifteen fastest-growing US cities were in the South, with Texas dominating the top 5.

New population estimates from the US Census Bureau reveal that the Texas city of Conroe near Houston was the fastest-growing large city (50k+) between 2015 and 2016 with a 7.8% increase, more than 11 times the national average of 0.7%.

Frisco (6.2%), McKinney (5.9%) and Georgetown (5.5%) were also among the top 5 fastest-growing, which is completed by Greenville, South Carolina with 5.8% growth.

“Overall, cities in the South continue to grow at a faster rate than any other U.S region,” said Amel Toukabri, a demographer in the Census Bureau’s population division.

“Since the 2010 Census, the population in large southern cities grew by an average of 9.4%. In comparison, cities in the West grew 7.3%, while cities in the Northeast and Midwest had much lower growth rates at 1.8 % and 3.0% respectively,” added Toukabri.

Four cities in the West were among the top 15 fastest-growing: Bend, Ore., Buckeye, Ariz., Lehi, Utah, and Meridian, Idaho.  Ankeny, Iowa was the only city in the Midwest, topping the list; no cities in the Northeast made the grade.

There’s no change at the top of the rankings for the largest city overall. New York’s 8.5 million population makes it more than twice the size of Los Angeles, the second largest (4 million) while Chicago is third (2.7 million).

The Census Bureau data shows that housing stock nationwide grew by 911,000 in 2016 to 135.7 million homes. That’s a growth rate of 0.7%, half the rate of 2007. North Dakota (1.6%), DC (1.4%) and Iowa (0.7%) all saw housing growth at or above their 2007 levels, all other states declined.

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