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:
- Broussard (Photos)
- New Orleans (Photos)
- Carencro (Photos)
- Zachary (Photos)
- Bossier City (Photos)
- Gonzales (Photos)
- Covington (Photos)
- Ponchatoula (Photos)
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.
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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]
Population: 5,626 Population 2010: 3,154
Growth Rate: 78.38%
Absolute Growth: 2,472
Population: 10,878 Population 2010: 7,336
Growth Rate: 48.28%
Absolute Growth: 3,542
Population: 10,221 Population 2010: 7,761
Growth Rate: 31.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,460
4. New Orleans
Population: 382,922 Population 2010: 295,285
Growth Rate: 29.68%
Absolute Growth: 87,637
Population: 8,420 Population 2010: 7,355
Growth Rate: 14.48%
Absolute Growth: 1,065
Population: 16,154 Population 2010: 14,284
Growth Rate: 13.09%
Absolute Growth: 1,870
7. Bossier City
Population: 67,152 Population 2010: 60,402
Growth Rate: 11.18%
Absolute Growth: 6,750
Population: 10,492 Population 2010: 9,596
Growth Rate: 9.34%
Absolute Growth: 896
Population: 9,725 Population 2010: 8,941
Growth Rate: 8.77%
Absolute Growth: 784
Population: 6,944 Population 2010: 6,425
Growth Rate: 8.08%
Absolute Growth: 519
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