These Are The 10 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 Mansfield and Grambling, 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:

  1. Richwood
  2. Youngsville
  3. New Orleans
  4. Broussard
  5. Carencro
  6. Zachary
  7. Bossier City
  8. Gonzales
  9. Mandeville
  10. Ponchatoula

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 64 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Richwood


Population 2014: 5,846
Population 2010: 3,154
Growth Rate: 85.35%
Absolute Growth: 2,692

2. Youngsville

Youngsville, Louisiana

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Population: 9,358
Population 2010: 7,336
Growth Rate: 27.56%
Absolute Growth: 2,022

3. New Orleans

New Orleans, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 368,471
Population 2010: 295,285
Growth Rate: 24.78%
Absolute Growth: 73,186

4. Broussard

Broussard, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,041
Population 2010: 7,761
Growth Rate: 16.49%
Absolute Growth: 1,280

5. Carencro

Carencro, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,084
Population 2010: 7,355
Growth Rate: 9.91%
Absolute Growth: 729

6. Zachary

Zachary, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,579
Population 2010: 14,284
Growth Rate: 9.07%
Absolute Growth: 1,295

7. Bossier City

Bossier City, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 64,895
Population 2010: 60,402
Growth Rate: 7.44%
Absolute Growth: 4,493

8. Gonzales

Gonzales, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,137
Population 2010: 9,596
Growth Rate: 5.64%
Absolute Growth: 541

9. Mandeville

Mandeville, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,102
Population 2010: 11,483
Growth Rate: 5.39%
Absolute Growth: 619

10. Ponchatoula

Ponchatoula, Louisiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,751
Population 2010: 6,425
Growth Rate: 5.07%
Absolute Growth: 326

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Louisiana are led by Richwood which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Louisiana

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Richwood 1 5,846 3,154 2,692 85.4%
Youngsville 2 9,358 7,336 2,022 27.6%
New Orleans 3 368,471 295,285 73,186 24.8%
Broussard 4 9,041 7,761 1,280 16.5%
Carencro 5 8,084 7,355 729 9.9%
Zachary 6 15,579 14,284 1,295 9.1%
Bossier City 7 64,895 60,402 4,493 7.4%
Gonzales 8 10,137 9,596 541 5.6%
Mandeville 9 12,102 11,483 619 5.4%
Ponchatoula 10 6,751 6,425 326 5.1%
Deridder 11 10,846 10,379 467 4.5%
St. Gabriel 12 6,796 6,508 288 4.4%
Scott 13 8,775 8,431 344 4.1%
Lafayette 14 123,528 118,803 4,725 4.0%
Leesville 15 6,656 6,420 236 3.7%
Lake Charles 16 73,503 71,224 2,279 3.2%
Walker 17 6,176 5,990 186 3.1%
Patterson 18 6,100 5,926 174 2.9%
Ruston 19 22,149 21,578 571 2.6%
Hammond 20 20,207 19,740 467 2.4%
Covington 21 9,151 8,941 210 2.3%
Central 22 27,505 26,887 618 2.3%
Grambling 23 5,015 4,911 104 2.1%
Natchitoches 24 18,460 18,083 377 2.1%
Breaux Bridge 25 8,232 8,064 168 2.1%
Slidell 26 27,372 27,067 305 1.1%
Shreveport 27 200,692 198,477 2,215 1.1%
Gretna 28 17,801 17,628 173 1.0%
Abbeville 29 12,341 12,227 114 0.9%
Alexandria 30 47,983 47,568 415 0.9%
Harahan 31 9,324 9,275 49 0.5%
Houma 32 33,807 33,631 176 0.5%
Kenner 33 66,926 66,642 284 0.4%
Thibodaux 34 14,570 14,513 57 0.4%
Monroe 35 49,455 49,272 183 0.4%
Sulphur 36 20,275 20,218 57 0.3%
Pineville 37 14,486 14,462 24 0.2%
Baton Rouge 38 229,353 229,158 195 0.1%
Baker 39 13,838 13,844 -6 -0.0%
Donaldsonville 40 7,507 7,513 -6 -0.1%
West Monroe 41 13,073 13,088 -15 -0.1%
Eunice 42 10,325 10,351 -26 -0.3%
Port Allen 43 5,150 5,181 -31 -0.6%
Marksville 44 5,635 5,669 -34 -0.6%
Denham Springs 45 10,148 10,222 -74 -0.7%
Rayne 46 7,984 8,046 -62 -0.8%
New Iberia 47 30,750 31,029 -279 -0.9%
Minden 48 12,988 13,112 -124 -0.9%
Plaquemine 49 7,055 7,123 -68 -1.0%
Springhill 50 5,239 5,290 -51 -1.0%
Crowley 51 13,219 13,422 -203 -1.5%
Jeanerette 52 5,547 5,650 -103 -1.8%
Jennings 53 10,265 10,462 -197 -1.9%
Oakdale 54 7,741 7,890 -149 -1.9%
Morgan City 55 12,153 12,434 -281 -2.3%
Bogalusa 56 12,071 12,417 -346 -2.8%
St. Martinville 57 6,109 6,294 -185 -2.9%
Mansfield 58 5,012 5,179 -167 -3.2%
Westwego 59 8,531 8,821 -290 -3.3%
Franklin 60 7,483 7,780 -297 -3.8%
Tallulah 61 7,267 7,587 -320 -4.2%
Ville Platte 62 7,336 7,668 -332 -4.3%
Bastrop 63 11,075 11,607 -532 -4.6%
Opelousas 64 16,668 17,778 -1,110 -6.2%

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