These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Louisiana For 2018


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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 Grambling 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 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Richwood (Homes For Sale)
  2. Youngsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Broussard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. New Orleans (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Carencro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Zachary (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bossier City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Gonzales (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Covington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Ponchatoula (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Richwood, 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–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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.

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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 63 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 2016 – 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

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1. Richwood


Population: 5,626
Population 2010: 3,154
Growth Rate: 78.38%
Absolute Growth: 2,472
More on Richwood: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Youngsville

Youngsville, Louisiana

Population: 10,878
Population 2010: 7,336
Growth Rate: 48.28%
Absolute Growth: 3,542
More on Youngsville: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Broussard

Broussard, Louisiana

Population: 10,221
Population 2010: 7,761
Growth Rate: 31.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,460
More on Broussard: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

4. New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Population: 382,922
Population 2010: 295,285
Growth Rate: 29.68%
Absolute Growth: 87,637
More on New Orleans: Homes For Sale | Data
New Orleans (/nju rlinz, -rlinz, -rlnz/, or /nrlnz/; French: La Nouvelle-Orléans [la nuvlle] ( listen)) is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana.

5. Carencro

Carencro, Louisiana

Source: Public domain

Population: 8,420
Population 2010: 7,355
Growth Rate: 14.48%
Absolute Growth: 1,065
More on Carencro: Homes For Sale | Data
Carencro (/kærnkro/; historically French: St.-Pierre) 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.”

6. Zachary

Zachary, Louisiana

Population: 16,154
Population 2010: 14,284
Growth Rate: 13.09%
Absolute Growth: 1,870
More on Zachary: Homes For Sale | Data
Zachary is a city in the East Baton Rouge parish of Louisiana in the United States. It lies 16 miles (26 km) north of the city of Baton Rouge, and had a population of 14,960 at the 2010 census, up from 11,275 in 2000.

7. Bossier City

Bossier City, Louisiana

Population: 67,152
Population 2010: 60,402
Growth Rate: 11.18%
Absolute Growth: 6,750
More on Bossier City: Homes For Sale | Data
Bossier City (/bor/ BOH-zher) is a city in Bossier Parish, Louisiana, United States.

8. Gonzales

Gonzales, Louisiana

Population: 10,492
Population 2010: 9,596
Growth Rate: 9.34%
Absolute Growth: 896
More on Gonzales: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Covington

Covington, Louisiana

Population: 9,725
Population 2010: 8,941
Growth Rate: 8.77%
Absolute Growth: 784
More on Covington: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Ponchatoula

Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Population: 6,944
Population 2010: 6,425
Growth Rate: 8.08%
Absolute Growth: 519
More on Ponchatoula: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Louisiana are led by Richwood 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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Louisiana

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Richwood 5,626 3,154 2,472 78.4%
2 Youngsville 10,878 7,336 3,542 48.3%
3 Broussard 10,221 7,761 2,460 31.7%
4 New Orleans 382,922 295,285 87,637 29.7%
5 Carencro 8,420 7,355 1,065 14.5%
6 Zachary 16,154 14,284 1,870 13.1%
7 Bossier City 67,152 60,402 6,750 11.2%
8 Gonzales 10,492 9,596 896 9.3%
9 Covington 9,725 8,941 784 8.8%
10 Ponchatoula 6,944 6,425 519 8.1%
11 St. Gabriel 6,984 6,508 476 7.3%
12 Mandeville 12,244 11,483 761 6.6%
13 Lafayette 125,808 118,803 7,005 5.9%
14 Donaldsonville 7,916 7,513 403 5.4%
15 Lake Charles 75,044 71,224 3,820 5.4%
16 Deridder 10,918 10,379 539 5.2%
17 Walker 6,256 5,990 266 4.4%
18 Central 28,017 26,887 1,130 4.2%
19 Grambling 5,107 4,911 196 4.0%
20 Breaux Bridge 8,331 8,064 267 3.3%
21 Hammond 20,389 19,740 649 3.3%
22 Ruston 22,245 21,578 667 3.1%
23 Scott 8,687 8,431 256 3.0%
24 Patterson 6,085 5,926 159 2.7%
25 Slidell 27,697 27,067 630 2.3%
26 Leesville 6,551 6,420 131 2.0%
27 Natchitoches 18,402 18,083 319 1.8%
28 Abbeville 12,408 12,227 181 1.5%
29 Houma 34,052 33,631 421 1.3%
30 Gretna 17,832 17,628 204 1.2%
31 Alexandria 48,044 47,568 476 1.0%
32 Denham Springs 10,278 10,222 56 0.5%
33 Harahan 9,321 9,275 46 0.5%
34 Kenner 66,954 66,642 312 0.5%
35 Thibodaux 14,565 14,513 52 0.4%
36 Monroe 49,361 49,272 89 0.2%
37 Pineville 14,477 14,462 15 0.1%
38 Rayne 8,051 8,046 5 0.1%
39 Shreveport 198,571 198,477 94 0.0%
40 Sulphur 20,198 20,218 -20 -0.1%
41 Baton Rouge 228,694 229,158 -464 -0.2%
42 West Monroe 13,031 13,088 -57 -0.4%
43 Baker 13,754 13,844 -90 -0.7%
44 New Iberia 30,717 31,029 -312 -1.0%
45 Port Allen 5,123 5,181 -58 -1.1%
46 Eunice 10,199 10,351 -152 -1.5%
47 Marksville 5,560 5,669 -109 -1.9%
48 Crowley 13,155 13,422 -267 -2.0%
49 Jeanerette 5,526 5,650 -124 -2.2%
50 Minden 12,790 13,112 -322 -2.5%
51 Oakdale 7,693 7,890 -197 -2.5%
52 Springhill 5,149 5,290 -141 -2.7%
53 Jennings 10,180 10,462 -282 -2.7%
54 Plaquemine 6,920 7,123 -203 -2.8%
55 Westwego 8,545 8,821 -276 -3.1%
56 St. Martinville 6,096 6,294 -198 -3.1%
57 Bogalusa 11,964 12,417 -453 -3.6%
58 Morgan City 11,936 12,434 -498 -4.0%
59 Ville Platte 7,338 7,668 -330 -4.3%
60 Franklin 7,339 7,780 -441 -5.7%
61 Tallulah 7,144 7,587 -443 -5.8%
62 Bastrop 10,851 11,607 -756 -6.5%
63 Opelousas 16,605 17,778 -1,173 -6.6%

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