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.
|Hawaii||Urban Honolulu CDP||3.2%|
|Iowa||West Des Moines||8.0%|
|New Mexico||Rio Rancho||5.2%|
|New York||New Rochelle||3.1%|
|South Carolina||Mount Pleasant||10.4%|
|South Dakota||Sioux Falls||7.0%|
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the capital of Maine. It is Augusta.