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 York and Buffalo, while others want peace and quiet like in Sea Cliff and Kaser, 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 New York 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 Empire State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in New York for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- New Square (Photos)
- Kiryas Joel (Photos)
- North Hills
- Wesley Hills
- Spring Valley (Photos)
- New Hempstead (Photos)
- Haverstraw (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of New Square, 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 New York are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Empire 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 168 New York 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 Empire 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]
1. New Square
Population: 7,804 Population 2010: 6,458
Growth Rate: 20.84%
Absolute Growth: 1,346
Population: 5,082 Population 2010: 4,436
Growth Rate: 14.56%
Absolute Growth: 646
3. Kiryas Joel
Population: 21,665 Population 2010: 19,089
Growth Rate: 13.49%
Absolute Growth: 2,576
4. North Hills
Population: 5,420 Population 2010: 4,940
Growth Rate: 9.72%
Absolute Growth: 480
5. Wesley Hills
Population: 5,860 Population 2010: 5,452
Growth Rate: 7.48%
Absolute Growth: 408
6. Spring Valley
Population: 32,415 Population 2010: 30,326
Growth Rate: 6.89%
Absolute Growth: 2,089
7. New Hempstead
Population: 5,311 Population 2010: 5,016
Growth Rate: 5.88%
Absolute Growth: 295
Population: 6,624 Population 2010: 6,277
Growth Rate: 5.53%
Absolute Growth: 347
Population: 11,015 Population 2010: 10,458
Growth Rate: 5.33%
Absolute Growth: 557
Population: 12,120 Population 2010: 11,522
Growth Rate: 5.19%
Absolute Growth: 598
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New York are led by New Square 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 New York reading , check out:
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- These Are The 10 Sexiest Cities In New York
- These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Places In New York
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New York
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