Fastest Growing Cities In New York For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in New York everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the 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 Sea Cliff and Mechanicville, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in New York for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, New Square ranks as the fastest growing city in New York. 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.

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.

For more New York state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New York For 2020

New Square, NY

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Population: 8,133
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,458
Percent Growth 25.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,675
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New Square 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.

Kiryas Joel, NY

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Population: 23,536
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 19,089
Percent Growth 23.3%
Absolute Growth: 4,447
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Kiryas Joel 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.

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Population: 5,179
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,436
Percent Growth 16.7%
Absolute Growth: 743
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Coordinates: 4107N 7404W 41.117; -74.067

North Hills, NY

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Population: 5,639
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,940
Percent Growth 14.1%
Absolute Growth: 699
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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.

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Population: 8,842
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 8,169
Percent Growth 8.2%
Absolute Growth: 673
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The Incorporated Village of Farmingdale is an incorporated village on Long Island within the Town of Oyster Bay in Nassau County, New York, in the United States. The population was 8,189 at the 2010 Census.

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Population: 5,858
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 5,452
Percent Growth 7.4%
Absolute Growth: 406
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New Hempstead, NY

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Population: 5,354
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,016
Percent Growth 6.7%
Absolute Growth: 338
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Spring Valley, NY

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Population: 32,281
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 30,326
Percent Growth 6.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,955
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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.

New Paltz, NY

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Population: 7,175
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 13)
Population 2010: 6,749
Percent Growth 6.3%
Absolute Growth: 426
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New Paltz is a town in Ulster County, New York, United States. The population was 14,003 at the 2010 census. The town is located in the southeastern part of the county and is south of Kingston. New Paltz contains a village also with the name New Paltz. The town is named for Palz, the dialect name of the Rhenish Palatinate, called Pfalz ) in standard German.

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Population: 6,957
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 6,613
Percent Growth 5.2%
Absolute Growth: 344
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Great Neck Plaza is a village in the town of North Hempstead in Nassau County, New York in the United States. The population was 6,707 at the 2010 census.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Empire State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 167 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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In New York, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Herkimer
  2. Massena
  3. Beacon

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New York For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 New Square 25.9% 8,133 6,458
2 Kiryas Joel 23.3% 23,536 19,089
3 Kaser 16.7% 5,179 4,436
4 North Hills 14.1% 5,639 4,940
5 Farmingdale 8.2% 8,842 8,169
6 Wesley Hills 7.4% 5,858 5,452
7 New Hempstead 6.7% 5,354 5,016
8 Spring Valley 6.4% 32,281 30,326
9 New Paltz 6.3% 7,175 6,749
10 Great Neck Plaza 5.2% 6,957 6,613

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About Chris Kolmar

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