These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New York For 2018


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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 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:

  1. New Square (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Kaser (Homes For Sale)
  3. Kiryas Joel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. North Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Wesley Hills (Homes For Sale)
  6. Spring Valley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. New Hempstead (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Canton (Homes For Sale)
  9. Woodbury (Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in New York or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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 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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in New York with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in new york

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1. New Square

New Square, New York

Source: Public domain

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.

2. Kaser


Population: 5,082
Population 2010: 4,436
Growth Rate: 14.56%
Absolute Growth: 646
More on Kaser: Homes For Sale | Data
Coordinates: 41°07N 74°04W / 41.117°N 74.067°W / 41.117; -74.067

3. Kiryas Joel

Kiryas Joel, New York

Population: 21,665
Population 2010: 19,089
Growth Rate: 13.49%
Absolute Growth: 2,576
More on Kiryas Joel: Homes For Sale | Data
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

North Hills, New York

Population: 5,420
Population 2010: 4,940
Growth Rate: 9.72%
Absolute Growth: 480
More on North Hills: Homes For Sale | Data
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


Population: 5,860
Population 2010: 5,452
Growth Rate: 7.48%
Absolute Growth: 408
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6. Spring Valley

Spring Valley, New York

Population: 32,415
Population 2010: 30,326
Growth Rate: 6.89%
Absolute Growth: 2,089
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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

New Hempstead, New York

Population: 5,311
Population 2010: 5,016
Growth Rate: 5.88%
Absolute Growth: 295
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8. Canton


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.

9. Woodbury


Population: 11,015
Population 2010: 10,458
Growth Rate: 5.33%
Absolute Growth: 557
More on Woodbury: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Haverstraw

Haverstraw, New York

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,120
Population 2010: 11,522
Growth Rate: 5.19%
Absolute Growth: 598
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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!

For more New York reading , check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New York

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
New Square 1 7,804 6,458 1,346 20.8%
Kaser 2 5,082 4,436 646 14.6%
Kiryas Joel 3 21,665 19,089 2,576 13.5%
North Hills 4 5,420 4,940 480 9.7%
Wesley Hills 5 5,860 5,452 408 7.5%
Spring Valley 6 32,415 30,326 2,089 6.9%
New Hempstead 7 5,311 5,016 295 5.9%
Canton 8 6,624 6,277 347 5.5%
Woodbury 9 11,015 10,458 557 5.3%
Haverstraw 10 12,120 11,522 598 5.2%
Harrison 11 28,082 26,780 1,302 4.9%
Airmont 12 8,833 8,426 407 4.8%
New York 13 8,461,961 8,078,471 383,490 4.7%
Great Neck Plaza 14 6,924 6,613 311 4.7%
New Rochelle 15 79,299 75,823 3,476 4.6%
Farmingdale 16 8,532 8,169 363 4.4%
Sleepy Hollow 17 10,117 9,701 416 4.3%
Albion 18 5,802 5,564 238 4.3%
New Paltz 19 7,034 6,749 285 4.2%
Croton-On-Hudson 20 8,209 7,896 313 4.0%
Rye Brook 21 9,513 9,151 362 4.0%
Hempstead 22 55,454 53,365 2,089 3.9%
Patchogue 23 12,293 11,836 457 3.9%
Mount Kisco 24 11,062 10,653 409 3.8%
White Plains 25 57,925 55,881 2,044 3.7%
Great Neck 26 10,183 9,842 341 3.5%
Scarsdale 27 17,684 17,109 575 3.4%
Kings Point 28 5,140 4,974 166 3.3%
Peekskill 29 23,977 23,220 757 3.3%
Pelham 30 6,996 6,776 220 3.2%
East Hills 31 7,072 6,853 219 3.2%
Chestnut Ridge 32 8,096 7,851 245 3.1%
Webster 33 5,532 5,366 166 3.1%
Rensselaer 34 9,435 9,162 273 3.0%
Tuckahoe 35 6,596 6,408 188 2.9%
Larchmont 36 6,031 5,860 171 2.9%
Rye 37 15,949 15,497 452 2.9%
Cedarhurst 38 6,652 6,466 186 2.9%
Saratoga Springs 39 27,447 26,683 764 2.9%
Ithaca 40 30,625 29,774 851 2.9%
Mamaroneck 41 19,263 18,728 535 2.9%
Port Chester 42 29,417 28,610 807 2.8%
Westbury 43 15,319 14,910 409 2.7%
Monroe 44 8,547 8,320 227 2.7%
Manorhaven 45 6,601 6,433 168 2.6%
Horseheads 46 6,608 6,442 166 2.6%
Dobbs Ferry 47 11,058 10,782 276 2.6%
West Haverstraw 48 10,334 10,079 255 2.5%
Geneseo 49 8,124 7,926 198 2.5%
Yonkers 50 199,725 194,880 4,845 2.5%
New Hyde Park 51 9,854 9,621 233 2.4%
Tarr 52 11,460 11,200 260 2.3%
Hastings-On-Hudson 53 7,959 7,782 177 2.3%
Irvington 54 6,559 6,419 140 2.2%
Potsdam 55 9,682 9,476 206 2.2%
Suffern 56 10,936 10,704 232 2.2%
Pelham Manor 57 5,564 5,449 115 2.1%
Baldwinsville 58 7,461 7,307 154 2.1%
Mineola 59 19,071 18,691 380 2.0%
Ossining 60 25,299 24,812 487 2.0%
Sea Cliff 61 5,069 4,972 97 2.0%
Glen Cove 62 27,246 26,728 518 1.9%
Garden City 63 22,531 22,120 411 1.9%
Cohoes 64 16,411 16,116 295 1.8%
Valley Stream 65 37,626 36,981 645 1.7%
Lake Grove 66 11,206 11,018 188 1.7%
Mount Vernon 67 68,217 67,073 1,144 1.7%
Pleasantville 68 7,134 7,015 119 1.7%
East Rochester 69 6,679 6,572 107 1.6%
Hilton 70 5,921 5,838 83 1.4%
Rockville Centre 71 24,262 23,941 321 1.3%
Lawrence 72 6,526 6,445 81 1.3%
Massapequa Park 73 17,176 16,965 211 1.2%
Freeport 74 43,217 42,702 515 1.2%
Floral Park 75 16,189 16,013 176 1.1%
Lynbrook 76 19,584 19,380 204 1.1%
Bronxville 77 6,395 6,329 66 1.0%
Watertown 78 26,997 26,753 244 0.9%
North Syracuse 79 6,679 6,619 60 0.9%
Warwick 80 6,777 6,729 48 0.7%
Long Beach 81 33,670 33,442 228 0.7%
Hamburg 82 9,576 9,513 63 0.7%
Bayville 83 6,745 6,701 44 0.7%
Colonie 84 7,888 7,839 49 0.6%
Williston Park 85 7,282 7,239 43 0.6%
Albany 86 98,425 97,951 474 0.5%
Scotia 87 7,732 7,698 34 0.4%
Brockport 88 8,444 8,407 37 0.4%
Malverne 89 8,556 8,520 36 0.4%
Schenectady 90 65,554 65,366 188 0.3%
East Rockaway 91 9,815 9,836 -21 -0.2%
Troy 92 49,881 50,011 -130 -0.3%
Syracuse 93 144,350 144,734 -384 -0.3%
Mechanicville 94 5,169 5,189 -20 -0.4%
Port Jefferson 95 7,795 7,827 -32 -0.4%
Fairport 96 5,372 5,395 -23 -0.4%
Hudson Falls 97 7,202 7,237 -35 -0.5%
Lindenhurst 98 27,234 27,386 -152 -0.6%
Amityville 99 9,484 9,537 -53 -0.6%
Northport 100 7,393 7,445 -52 -0.7%

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