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:
- Richwood (Homes For Sale)
- Youngsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Broussard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- New Orleans (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Carencro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Zachary (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bossier City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gonzales (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Covington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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: 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
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
For more Louisiana reading, check out:
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Louisiana
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Louisiana
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Louisiana
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Louisiana