The fastest-growing large city in every state, in one map

Texas dominated the list of America’s fastest-growing cities last year, claiming the first, second, fourth and seventh spots.

The top 10 list was rounded out by the South and West — cities in Utah, Arizona, Maryland, South Carolina and Idaho. But the headline list in the Census Bureau’s annual accounting of the nation’s fastest-growing cities offers a narrow snapshot: growth in incorporated places with populations above 50,000 over just a single year.

Fortunately, when the census released those numbers last week, it also included a list of the fastest-growing big cities over a longer three-year period, which offers a more telling look at places that are experiencing sustained growth, rather than an unusually strong year. We pulled that data and put together the map below, which shows each state’s fastest-growing big city from 2010 to 2013. Big cities are defined as having a population of 50,000 or more. Vermont is the only state with none that large, while West Virginia’s one large city, Charleston, is losing people at a rate of 1 percent over that three-year period. (NOTE: We removed Charleston from the map and table to limit both to just growing cities.)

Some are unsurprising: some capitals such as Boston are their state’s fastest-growing cities. But others may not be as obvious. Here’s the full list, also on display in the map above.

State City Growth rate
Alabama Auburn 9.7%
Alaska Anchorage municipality 3.1%
Arizona Goodyear 11.7%
Arkansas Conway 8.3%
California Irvine 11.7%
Colorado Denver 8.2%
Connecticut Danbury 3.4%
Delaware Wilmington 0.9%
Florida Fort Myers 9.6%
Georgia Alpharetta 8.3%
Hawaii Urban Honolulu CDP 3.2%
Idaho Meridian 11.3%
Illinois Normal 4.1%
Indiana Fishers 9.0%
Iowa West Des Moines 8.0%
Kansas Manhattan 7.4%
Kentucky Bowling Green 4.4%
Louisiana New Orleans 10.1%
Maine Portland 0.2%
Maryland Gaithersburg 9.7%
Massachusetts Boston 4.6%
Michigan Novi 5.0%
Minnesota Maple Grove 6.3%
Mississippi Gulfport 4.8%
Missouri Columbia 5.9%
Montana Billings 4.7%
Nebraska Bellevue 5.2%
Nevada Henderson 5.2%
New Hampshire Nashua 0.7%
New Jersey Hoboken 5.1%
New Mexico Rio Rancho 5.2%
New York New Rochelle 3.1%
North Carolina Cary 11.7%
North Dakota Bismarck 9.4%
Ohio Columbus 4.3%
Oklahoma Edmond 6.9%
Oregon Bend 6.0%
Pennsylvania Philadelphia 1.8%
Rhode Island Cranston 0.2%
South Carolina Mount Pleasant 10.4%
South Dakota Sioux Falls 7.0%
Tennessee Franklin 10.0%
Texas Cedar Park 18.4%
Utah South Jordan 17.7%
Virginia Alexandria 6.4%
Washington Pasco 10.7%
Wisconsin Madison 4.3%
Wyoming Casper 7.8%

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the capital of Maine. It is Augusta.

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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