Special Report

The Fastest Growing (and Shrinking) Cities

Cities in the South remain among the fastest growing in the United States, according to statistics released May 25 by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Six of the 15 fastest growing cities are in Texas, two are in Florida, and one each in South Carolina and Tennessee. The remaining fastest growing cities are in Oregon, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, and Iowa. The geographic picture is more mixed on the other end of the spectrum.

Two of the 15 fastest shrinking cities are in Oklahoma, while the remaining 13 cities are in different states in nearly every region of the country. While fast-growing cities tend to have strong economies and affluent residents, most of the shrinking cities tend to have relatively low median household incomes.

While the growth rates of northeastern cities have trailed other regions for years, New York remains America’s largest city. With over 8.5 million residents, the city has twice the population as Los Angeles, the next largest city.

Despite losing 8,638 residents (-0.3%), Chicago remains the third largest city with a population of 2.7 million. Phoenix, Arizona added the largest number of new residents, at 32,113 (an average of 88 people per day) between 2015 and 2016.

Click here to see the 15 fastest growing cities.

Click here to see the 15 fastest shrinking cities.

Click here to see the methodology.