Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge, while others want peace and quiet like in Mansfield and Grambling, thank you very much.
But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Louisiana have the grown the fastest.
After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Pelican State that have people climbing over each other to get in:
- New Orleans
- Bossier City
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Louisiana are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Pelican State
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
We ranked all 64 Louisiana cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.
The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Pelican State.
And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population 2014: 5,846 Population 2010: 3,154
Growth Rate: 85.35%
Absolute Growth: 2,692
Population: 9,358 Population 2010: 7,336
Growth Rate: 27.56%
Absolute Growth: 2,022
3. New Orleans
Population: 368,471 Population 2010: 295,285
Growth Rate: 24.78%
Absolute Growth: 73,186
Population: 9,041 Population 2010: 7,761
Growth Rate: 16.49%
Absolute Growth: 1,280
Population: 8,084 Population 2010: 7,355
Growth Rate: 9.91%
Absolute Growth: 729
Population: 15,579 Population 2010: 14,284
Growth Rate: 9.07%
Absolute Growth: 1,295
7. Bossier City
Population: 64,895 Population 2010: 60,402
Growth Rate: 7.44%
Absolute Growth: 4,493
Population: 10,137 Population 2010: 9,596
Growth Rate: 5.64%
Absolute Growth: 541
Population: 12,102 Population 2010: 11,483
Growth Rate: 5.39%
Absolute Growth: 619
Population: 6,751 Population 2010: 6,425
Growth Rate: 5.07%
Absolute Growth: 326
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Louisiana are led by Richwood which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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