The U.S. population grew from 309 million in 2010 to 325 million in 2017, a 5.3% increase. While the nation is in a period of relatively slow growth, some urban areas have experienced explosive growth over the same period.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed seven-year population change in the nation’s metropolitan areas to determine the fastest growing city in each state. Some of the fastest growing cities were in states like Florida, South Carolina, and Texas.
Rapid population growth relative to the state as a whole is not necessarily fast when compared to all cities nationwide. The fastest-growing city in states like New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire grew by less than half the national growth rate over the seven-year period.
Of the 50 cities on this list, 10 did not keep pace with the nationwide growth rate. All but two of these 10 cities are in the Northeast or Midwest, parts of the country that have historically lost population to places with warmer climates and better economic opportunities. Specifically the Sun Belt and Western states.
24/7 Wall St. spoke to Dr. William Frey, a demographer with the Brookings Institution, about national migration trends. Frey explained that the ongoing movement to warmer climates is continuing in the United States, but has slowed somewhat recently. He added that as the economy continues to recover, long-struggling cities — Milwaukee, Detroit, Dayton, Minneapolis — have shown signs of life. “[These cities] are not growing a lot, but they are either declining less or growing more than they had been for the fast few years.”
Correction: Due to a data error, the state population growth figures, both as a percentage increase and numerical increase, were incorrect for several states. That error has been corrected.