Fastest Growing Cities In Louisiana For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Louisiana everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Louisiana.

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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 Richwood and Port Allen, 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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Louisiana for 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Louisiana for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Youngsville ranks as the fastest growing city in Louisiana. If you happen to be a resident of Youngsville, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Louisiana or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Louisiana state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Louisiana For 2020

Youngsville, LA

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Population: 12,753
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 7,336
Percent Growth 73.8%
Absolute Growth: 5,417
More on Youngsville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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Population: 5,013
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 3,154
Percent Growth 58.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,859
More on Richwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Broussard, LA

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Population: 11,412
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,761
Percent Growth 47.0%
Absolute Growth: 3,651
More on Broussard: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Broussard is a small city in Lafayette parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The population was 6,754 from the 2005 Census Est.

New Orleans, LA

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Population: 389,648
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 295,285
Percent Growth 32.0%
Absolute Growth: 94,363
More on New Orleans: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

New Orleans ) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.

Zachary, LA

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Population: 17,056
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 14,284
Percent Growth 19.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,772
More on Zachary: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Zachary is a city in the East Baton Rouge parish of Louisiana in the United States. It lies 16 miles north of the city of Baton Rouge, and had a population of 14,960 at the 2010 census, up from 11,275 in 2000.

Carencro, LA

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Population: 8,775
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,355
Percent Growth 19.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,420
More on Carencro: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Carencro is a small city in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana. It is a suburb of the nearby city of Lafayette. The population was 7,526 at the 2010 census, up from 6,120 at the 2000 census. Its name comes from the Cajun French word for buzzard: the spot was one where large flocks of buzzards roosted in the bald cypress trees. The name means "carrion crow."

Covington, LA

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Population: 10,133
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 8,941
Percent Growth 13.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,192
More on Covington: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Covington is a city in, and the parish seat of, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 8,765 at the 2010 census. It is located at a fork of the Bogue Falaya and the Tchefuncte River.

Bossier City, LA

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Population: 67,935
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 60,402
Percent Growth 12.5%
Absolute Growth: 7,533
More on Bossier City: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Bossier City is a city in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States.

Gonzales, LA

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Population: 10,677
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,596
Percent Growth 11.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,081
More on Gonzales: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Gonzales is a small city in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 9,781. Known as the "Jambalaya Capital of the World", it is famous for its annual Jambalaya Festival, which was first held in 1968. Stephen "Steve" F. Juneau came up with the idea for the Jambalaya Festival and served as the first president of the Jambalaya Festival Association President.

Ponchatoula, LA

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Population: 7,131
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,425
Percent Growth 11.0%
Absolute Growth: 706
More on Ponchatoula: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Ponchatoula is a small city in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,559 at the 2010 census. Ponchatoula is known as the "Strawberry Capital of the World". It is part of the Hammond Micropolitan Statistical Area.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Pelican State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 62 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:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Louisiana with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Louisiana Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Louisiana, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Louisiana are led by Youngsville which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Bastrop
  2. Franklin
  3. Tallulah

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Louisiana For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Youngsville 73.8% 12,753 7,336
2 Richwood 58.9% 5,013 3,154
3 Broussard 47.0% 11,412 7,761
4 New Orleans 32.0% 389,648 295,285
5 Zachary 19.4% 17,056 14,284
6 Carencro 19.3% 8,775 7,355
7 Covington 13.3% 10,133 8,941
8 Bossier City 12.5% 67,935 60,402
9 Gonzales 11.3% 10,677 9,596
10 Ponchatoula 11.0% 7,131 6,425

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