fastest growing cities chartTen of the 15 fastest-growing large cities were located across the South in 2016, with four of the top five in Texas, according to new population estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Conroe, Texas (near Houston), was the fastest-growing large city (population of 50,000 or more) between 2015 and 2016 at 7.8 percent, making its growth rate more than 11 times the nation’s growth rate of 0.7 percent.

  • Some of the other fastest-growing cities were:
  • Frisco, TX (6.2 percent)
  • McKinney, TX (5.9 percent)
  • Greenville, SC (5.8 percent)
  • Georgetown, TX (5.5 percent)

“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 percent. In comparison, cities in the West grew 7.3 percent, while cities in the Northeast and Midwest had much lower growth rates at 1.8 percent and 3.0 percent respectively.”

Four cities in the West were among the top 15 fastest growing:

  • Bend, OR
  • Buckeye, AZ
  • Lehi, UT
  • Meridian, ID

One City in the Midwest Ranked in Top 15

  • Ankeny, IA

No cities in the Northeast were among the nation’s fastest growing.

source: US Census Bureau

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