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Bigger in Texas: State Boasts 4 of 5 Fastest Growing US Cities

"Overall, cities in the South continue to grow at a faster rate than any other U.S. region," said a Census demographer

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    Bigger in Texas: State Boasts 4 of 5 Fastest Growing US Cities
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    Frisco, Texas, is the second-fastest growing city in the country, after Conroe, a suburb of Houston.

    Ten of the 15 fastest-growing cities with populations of 50,000 or more were spread across the South in 2016, with four of the top five found in Texas, according to new population estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Conroe, a northern Houston suburb, was the fastest-growing of the 15, seeing a 7.8 percent increase from 2015 to 2016, a growth rate more than 11 times that of the nation.

    North Texas boasts the second and third fastest-growing large cities. Frisco saw a 6.2 percent increase while McKinney saw a 5.9 percent increase.

    Rounding out the top 5 are Greenville, South Carolina, with a 5.8 percent increase, and Austin suburb Georgetown, with a 5.5 percent increase.

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    "Overall, cities in the South continue to grow at a faster rate than any other U.S. region," said demographer Amel Toukabri of the bureau's population division.

    Since the 2010 Census, the populations of large southern cities grew by an average of 9.4 percent, while cities in the West grew by 7.3 percent. Northeastern cities showed 1.8 percent growth, while populations of Midwestern cities grew by 3.0 percent.

    Four cities in the West were among the top 15: Bend, Oregon; Buckeye, Arizona; Lehi, Utah; and Meridian, Idaho. One Midwestern city, Ankeny, Iowa, made the top 15, while the Northeast was shut out.

    New York remains the largest U.S. city by a wide margin, its population of 8.5 million people being more than twice that of the 4 million of runner-up Los Angeles. Chicago trailed in third place with 2.7 million residents, despite a population loss of 8,638.

    Phoenix showed the largest one-year numerical population increase of 32,113 from 2015 to 2016.

    League City, Texas, situated between Houston and Galveston, was the lone city to cross the 100,000 population threshold, reaching 102,010 in 2016.

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    Only North Dakota and the District of Columbia saw the addition of housing units increase by more than the pre-2007 levels of 1.4 percent. North Dakota housing stock increased by 1.6 percent from 2015 to 1026, while that in D.C. grew by 1.4 percent.