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
  2. Youngsville
  3. Broussard (Photos)
  4. New Orleans (Photos)
  5. Carencro (Photos)
  6. Zachary (Photos)
  7. Bossier City (Photos)
  8. Gonzales (Photos)
  9. Covington (Photos)
  10. 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.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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]

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

2. Youngsville


Population: 10,878
Population 2010: 7,336
Growth Rate: 48.28%
Absolute Growth: 3,542

3. Broussard

Broussard, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,221
Population 2010: 7,761
Growth Rate: 31.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,460

4. New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 382,922
Population 2010: 295,285
Growth Rate: 29.68%
Absolute Growth: 87,637

5. Carencro

Carencro, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,420
Population 2010: 7,355
Growth Rate: 14.48%
Absolute Growth: 1,065

6. Zachary

Zachary, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,154
Population 2010: 14,284
Growth Rate: 13.09%
Absolute Growth: 1,870

7. Bossier City

Bossier City, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 67,152
Population 2010: 60,402
Growth Rate: 11.18%
Absolute Growth: 6,750

8. Gonzales

Gonzales, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,492
Population 2010: 9,596
Growth Rate: 9.34%
Absolute Growth: 896

9. Covington

Covington, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,725
Population 2010: 8,941
Growth Rate: 8.77%
Absolute Growth: 784

10. Ponchatoula

Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

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

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

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