These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New York


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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 York and Buffalo, while others want peace and quiet like in Penn Yan and Sea Cliff, 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:

  1. New Square
  2. Kiryas Joel
  3. Wesley Hills
  4. Spring Valley
  5. Canton
  6. Saranac Lake
  7. Baldwinsville
  8. Haverstraw
  9. New Hempstead
  10. Albion

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 New York are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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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 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 169 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. New Square

New Square, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,328
Population 2010: 6,458
Growth Rate: 13.47%
Absolute Growth: 870

2. Kiryas Joel

Kiryas Joel, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,201
Population 2010: 19,089
Growth Rate: 11.06%
Absolute Growth: 2,112

3. Wesley Hills


Population 2014: 5,779
Population 2010: 5,452
Growth Rate: 6.0%
Absolute Growth: 327

4. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,007
Population 2010: 30,326
Growth Rate: 5.54%
Absolute Growth: 1,681

5. Canton

Canton, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,600
Population 2010: 6,277
Growth Rate: 5.15%
Absolute Growth: 323

6. Saranac Lake

Saranac Lake, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,055
Population 2010: 5,773
Growth Rate: 4.88%
Absolute Growth: 282

7. Baldwinsville

Baldwinsville, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,655
Population 2010: 7,307
Growth Rate: 4.76%
Absolute Growth: 348

8. Haverstraw

Haverstraw, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,060
Population 2010: 11,522
Growth Rate: 4.67%
Absolute Growth: 538

9. New Hempstead

New Hempstead, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,240
Population 2010: 5,016
Growth Rate: 4.47%
Absolute Growth: 224

10. Albion

Albion, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,799
Population 2010: 5,564
Growth Rate: 4.22%
Absolute Growth: 235

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New York are led by New Square 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 New York

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
New Square 1 7,328 6,458 870 13.5%
Kiryas Joel 2 21,201 19,089 2,112 11.1%
Wesley Hills 3 5,779 5,452 327 6.0%
Spring Valley 4 32,007 30,326 1,681 5.5%
Canton 5 6,600 6,277 323 5.1%
Saranac Lake 6 6,055 5,773 282 4.9%
Baldwinsville 7 7,655 7,307 348 4.8%
Haverstraw 8 12,060 11,522 538 4.7%
New Hempstead 9 5,240 5,016 224 4.5%
Albion 10 5,799 5,564 235 4.2%
Airmont 11 8,770 8,426 344 4.1%
Harrison 12 27,822 26,780 1,042 3.9%
North Hills 13 5,122 4,940 182 3.7%
New Rochelle 14 78,476 75,823 2,653 3.5%
Croton-On-Hudson 15 8,168 7,896 272 3.4%
Rensselaer 16 9,476 9,162 314 3.4%
New York 17 8,354,889 8,078,471 276,418 3.4%
Mount Kisco 18 11,016 10,653 363 3.4%
Rye Brook 19 9,456 9,151 305 3.3%
Manorhaven 20 6,638 6,433 205 3.2%
Great Neck Plaza 21 6,823 6,613 210 3.2%
Watertown 22 27,590 26,753 837 3.1%
Sleepy Hollow 23 10,002 9,701 301 3.1%
Pelham 24 6,984 6,776 208 3.1%
Webster 25 5,528 5,366 162 3.0%
White Plains 26 57,505 55,881 1,624 2.9%
New Paltz 27 6,945 6,749 196 2.9%
Peekskill 28 23,875 23,220 655 2.8%
Hempstead 29 54,801 53,365 1,436 2.7%
Cedarhurst 30 6,631 6,466 165 2.6%
Rye 31 15,892 15,497 395 2.5%
East Hills 32 7,025 6,853 172 2.5%
Tuckahoe 33 6,559 6,408 151 2.4%
Horseheads 34 6,593 6,442 151 2.3%
Chestnut Ridge 35 8,035 7,851 184 2.3%
Port Chester 36 29,275 28,610 665 2.3%
West Haverstraw 37 10,308 10,079 229 2.3%
Mamaroneck 38 19,133 18,728 405 2.2%
Great Neck 39 10,052 9,842 210 2.1%
Valley Stream 40 37,764 36,981 783 2.1%
Scarsdale 41 17,471 17,109 362 2.1%
Ithaca 42 30,399 29,774 625 2.1%
Monroe 43 8,493 8,320 173 2.1%
Kings Point 44 5,076 4,974 102 2.1%
Dobbs Ferry 45 11,001 10,782 219 2.0%
Tarr 46 11,423 11,200 223 2.0%
Hilton 47 5,954 5,838 116 2.0%
Lake Grove 48 11,235 11,018 217 2.0%
Westbury 49 15,201 14,910 291 2.0%
Yonkers 50 198,654 194,880 3,774 1.9%
Garden City 51 22,543 22,120 423 1.9%
Patchogue 52 12,045 11,836 209 1.8%
East Rochester 53 6,687 6,572 115 1.7%
Woodbury 54 10,638 10,458 180 1.7%
Ossining 55 25,232 24,812 420 1.7%
Farmingdale 56 8,306 8,169 137 1.7%
Pelham Manor 57 5,539 5,449 90 1.7%
Glen Cove 58 27,161 26,728 433 1.6%
Hastings-On-Hudson 59 7,905 7,782 123 1.6%
Larchmont 60 5,952 5,860 92 1.6%
Suffern 61 10,864 10,704 160 1.5%
New Hyde Park 62 9,764 9,621 143 1.5%
Geneseo 63 8,043 7,926 117 1.5%
Irvington 64 6,506 6,419 87 1.4%
Mount Vernon 65 67,962 67,073 889 1.3%
Mineola 66 18,918 18,691 227 1.2%
Saratoga Springs 67 26,998 26,683 315 1.2%
Floral Park 68 16,190 16,013 177 1.1%
Williston Park 69 7,319 7,239 80 1.1%
Freeport 70 43,168 42,702 466 1.1%
Pleasantville 71 7,090 7,015 75 1.1%
Potsdam 72 9,577 9,476 101 1.1%
Schenectady 73 66,055 65,366 689 1.1%
Lawrence 74 6,511 6,445 66 1.0%
Massapequa Park 75 17,137 16,965 172 1.0%
Sea Cliff 76 5,012 4,972 40 0.8%
Warwick 77 6,783 6,729 54 0.8%
Rockville Centre 78 24,128 23,941 187 0.8%
Bronxville 79 6,378 6,329 49 0.8%
Lynbrook 80 19,517 19,380 137 0.7%
North Syracuse 81 6,659 6,619 40 0.6%
Scotia 82 7,742 7,698 44 0.6%
Cohoes 83 16,195 16,116 79 0.5%
Hudson Falls 84 7,266 7,237 29 0.4%
Monticello 85 6,780 6,753 27 0.4%
Colonie 86 7,869 7,839 30 0.4%
Middletown 87 27,904 27,806 98 0.4%
Mechanicville 88 5,207 5,189 18 0.3%
Bayville 89 6,724 6,701 23 0.3%
Albany 90 98,287 97,951 336 0.3%
Malverne 91 8,544 8,520 24 0.3%
East Rockaway 92 9,861 9,836 25 0.3%
Long Beach 93 33,522 33,442 80 0.2%
Amityville 94 9,551 9,537 14 0.1%
Corning 95 11,108 11,097 11 0.1%
Walden 96 6,919 6,917 2 0.0%
Utica 97 61,852 61,835 17 0.0%
Oswego 98 18,119 18,121 -2 -0.0%
Syracuse 99 144,648 144,734 -86 -0.1%
Troy 100 49,965 50,011 -46 -0.1%
Brockport 101 8,398 8,407 -9 -0.1%
Chittenango 102 5,052 5,058 -6 -0.1%
Cortland 103 19,218 19,257 -39 -0.2%
Lindenhurst 104 27,303 27,386 -83 -0.3%
Hamburg 105 9,482 9,513 -31 -0.3%
Bath 106 5,747 5,766 -19 -0.3%
Northport 107 7,417 7,445 -28 -0.4%
Oneida 108 11,290 11,339 -49 -0.4%
Port Jefferson 109 7,789 7,827 -38 -0.5%
East Aurora 110 6,255 6,291 -36 -0.6%
Fairport 111 5,364 5,395 -31 -0.6%
Watervliet 112 10,250 10,313 -63 -0.6%
Williamsville 113 5,286 5,320 -34 -0.6%
Plattsburgh 114 19,840 19,974 -134 -0.7%
Babylon 115 12,177 12,264 -87 -0.7%
Oneonta 116 13,906 14,006 -100 -0.7%
Rochester 117 210,461 211,977 -1,516 -0.7%
Endicott 118 13,216 13,320 -104 -0.8%
Amsterdam 119 18,348 18,512 -164 -0.9%
Geneva 120 13,202 13,326 -124 -0.9%
Fulton 121 11,786 11,902 -116 -1.0%
Elmira 122 29,046 29,354 -308 -1.0%
Lackawanna 123 18,037 18,239 -202 -1.1%
Kingston 124 23,707 23,975 -268 -1.1%
Glens Falls 125 14,574 14,747 -173 -1.2%
Fredonia 126 10,988 11,124 -136 -1.2%
Jamestown 127 30,799 31,186 -387 -1.2%
Depew 128 15,262 15,454 -192 -1.2%
Lancaster 129 10,314 10,449 -135 -1.3%
Binghamton 130 46,771 47,391 -620 -1.3%
Tonawanda 131 15,048 15,249 -201 -1.3%
Newburgh 132 28,614 29,001 -387 -1.3%
Solvay 133 6,514 6,603 -89 -1.3%
Kenmore 134 15,334 15,545 -211 -1.4%
Canandaigua 135 10,532 10,678 -146 -1.4%
Gloversville 136 15,395 15,620 -225 -1.4%
North Tonawanda 137 31,245 31,716 -471 -1.5%
Nyack 138 6,857 6,964 -107 -1.5%
Lockport 139 20,957 21,295 -338 -1.6%
Hornell 140 8,508 8,646 -138 -1.6%
Johnson City 141 14,977 15,246 -269 -1.8%
Auburn 142 27,369 27,863 -494 -1.8%
Dunkirk 143 12,386 12,610 -224 -1.8%
Wappingers Falls 144 5,377 5,475 -98 -1.8%
Newark 145 9,019 9,185 -166 -1.8%
Ilion 146 7,968 8,117 -149 -1.8%
Malone 147 5,866 5,976 -110 -1.8%
Washingtonville 148 5,837 5,947 -110 -1.8%
Port Jervis 149 8,736 8,906 -170 -1.9%
Batavia 150 15,274 15,586 -312 -2.0%
Johnstown 151 8,552 8,738 -186 -2.1%
Rome 152 33,161 33,900 -739 -2.2%
Buffalo 153 259,959 266,012 -6,053 -2.3%
Salamanca 154 5,717 5,855 -138 -2.4%
Olean 155 14,232 14,578 -346 -2.4%
Niagara Falls 156 49,679 50,891 -1,212 -2.4%
Goshen 157 5,417 5,551 -134 -2.4%
Medina 158 5,962 6,132 -170 -2.8%
Waterloo 159 5,178 5,327 -149 -2.8%
Herkimer 160 7,752 7,985 -233 -2.9%
Massena 161 10,937 11,269 -332 -2.9%
Ogdensburg 162 11,029 11,367 -338 -3.0%
Briarcliff Manor 163 7,783 8,022 -239 -3.0%
Norwich 164 7,080 7,303 -223 -3.1%
Hudson 165 6,658 6,878 -220 -3.2%
Poughkeepsie 166 30,716 32,441 -1,725 -5.3%
Beacon 167 14,437 15,494 -1,057 -6.8%
Ballston Spa 168 5,298 5,696 -398 -7.0%
Penn Yan 169 5,011 5,411 -400 -7.4%

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