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 | Homes For Sale)
- Kaser (Homes For Sale)
- Kiryas Joel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- North Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Wesley Hills (Homes For Sale)
- Spring Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- New Hempstead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Canton (Homes For Sale)
- Woodbury (Homes For Sale)
- Haverstraw (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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
More on New Square: Homes For Sale | Data
New Square (Yiddish: , Hebrew: ) is an all-Hasidic village in the town of Ramapo, Rockland County, New York, United States. It is located north of Hillcrest, east of Viola, south of New Hempstead, and west of New City. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 6,944. Its inhabitants are predominantly members of the Skverer Hasidic movement who seek to maintain a Hasidic lifestyle disconnected from the secular world.
3. Kiryas Joel
Population: 21,665 Population 2010: 19,089
Growth Rate: 13.49%
Absolute Growth: 2,576
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Kiryas Joel (Yiddish: , Kiryas Yoyel, Yiddish pronunciation: [k.js j.l], often locally abbreviated as KJ) is a village within the town of Monroe in Orange County, New York, United States. The majority of its residents are Yiddish-speaking Hasidic Jews who belong to the worldwide Satmar Hasidic sect.
4. North Hills
Population: 5,420 Population 2010: 4,940
Growth Rate: 9.72%
Absolute Growth: 480
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North Hills is a village in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population was 5,075 at the 2010 census.
5. Wesley Hills
6. Spring Valley
Population: 32,415 Population 2010: 30,326
Growth Rate: 6.89%
Absolute Growth: 2,089
More on Spring Valley: Homes For Sale | Data
Spring Valley is a village in the towns of Ramapo and Clarkstown in Rockland County, New York, United States. It is located north of Chestnut Ridge, east of Airmont and Monsey, south of Hillcrest, and west of Nanuet. The population was 31,347 at the 2010 census, making it the 2nd most populous community in Rockland County, after New City.
7. New Hempstead
Population: 6,624 Population 2010: 6,277
Growth Rate: 5.53%
Absolute Growth: 347
More on Canton: Homes For Sale | Data
Canton is a town in St. Lawrence County, New York, United States. The population was 10,995 at the 2010 census. The town contains two villages: one also named Canton, the other named Rensselaer Falls. The town is named after the great port of Canton (now named Guangzhou) in China. Canton is the home of St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton. Canton Central School District is centered in the village of Canton.
Population: 12,120 Population 2010: 11,522
Growth Rate: 5.19%
Absolute Growth: 598
More on Haverstraw: Homes For Sale | Data
Haverstraw /hævrstr/ is a town in Rockland County, New York, United States, located north of the Town of Clarkstown and the Town of Ramapo; east of Orange County, New York; south of the Town of Stony Point; and west of the Hudson River. The town runs from the west to the east border of the county in its northern part. The population was 36,634 at the 2010 census. The name comes from the Dutch word Haverstroo meaning “oats straw”, referring to the grasslands along the river. The town contains three villages, one of which is also known as Haverstraw. Haverstraw village is the original seat of government for the town, hosting the area’s historic central downtown business district and the densest population in northern Rockland County.
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!
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