Texas has apparently cornered the market on growth. According to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau, four of the top five fastest-growing cities in the nation are located there, with the city of Conroe–which has had a growth rate of 7.8% between 2015 and 2016–having emerged as number one.
And Texas isn’t the only southern state seeing growth. Cities in southern states, including South Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Arizona and Florida are growing at a faster rate than any other region in the United States, according to 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%,” Toukabri said. “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% respectively.”
Not one city in the Northeast made it onto the list of rapidly growing cities, and only one city in Iowa represented the Midwest.
The U.S. Census also revealed that “while small towns declined by .5% in the Northeast and by .3% in the Midwest, small towns grew by .2% in the South and .8% in the West.”
Here’s the complete list of the top 15 fastest-growing large cities in the U.S.:
1. Conroe City, Texas (Houston, The Woodlands, Sugar Land)
2. Frisco City, Texas (Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington)
3. McKinney City, Texas (Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington)
4. Greenville, S.C. (Greenville, Anderson, Maudlin)
5. Georgetown, Texas (Austin, Round Rock)
6. Bend, Ore. (Bend, Redmond)
7. Buckeye, Ariz.(Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale)
8. Bonita Springs, Fla. (Cape Coral-Fort Myers)
9. New Braunfels, Texas (San Antonio, New Braunfels)
10. Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Nashville, Davidson, Murfreesboro, Franklin)
11. Lehi, Utah (Provo- Orem)
12. Cedar Park, Texas (Austin-Round Rock)
13. Meridian, Idaho (Boise City)
14. Ankeny, Iowa (Des Moines-West Des Moines)
15. Fort Myers, Fla. (Cape Coral-Fort Myers)
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