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US Cities- Most Populated and Fastest Growing

The US Census Bureau recently released some results about the fastest growing cities in the nation.

Top 10 fastest growing large cities
The Sun Belt dominates the list for the year ended July 1, 2007.
City State Population Growth
New Orleans La. 239,124 13.8%
Victorville Calif. 107,221 9.5%
McKinney Texas 115,620 8.0%
N. Las Vegas Nev. 212,114 7.4%
Cary N.C. 121,796 7.3%
Killeen Texas 112,434 6.5%
Port St. Lucie Fla. 151,391 6.3%
Gilbert Ariz. 207,550 5.8%
Clarksville Tenn. 119,284 4.8%
Denton Texas 115,506 4.7%
Source:U.S. Census Bureau


Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. The Big Easy is showing signs of recovery - ranking as the fastest-growing large city in the nation, according to a government report.

The Census Bureau said New Orleans' population rose 13.8%, to 239,124, in the year ended July 1, 2007. That was a faster growth rate than any other city with a population of 100,000 or more.

The government said the city's population fell 50.7% since 2000, when it stood at 484,674.

The Census Bureau said the second fastest growing city in the nation was Victorville, Calif., whose population climbed 9.5% to 107,221. Located in Southern California, Victorville's population passed the 100,000 mark for the first time in 2007.

Houston led the nation's cities in numerical increase during the period. Houston added 38,932 residents in the year ended July 1, 2007 to reach 2.2 million.

New York City was the largest numerical gainer between 2000 and 2007, adding 265,873 residents over the period. Houston added 233,876 people since the start of the millennium, in second place behind New York City.

Big Apple is still the biggest. The Big Apple continues to be the most populous city in the nation, with 8.3 million residents, according to the Census Bureau.

Los Angeles ranked second with 3.8 million residents. With 2.8 million, Chicago was third, followed by Houston and Phoenix, which each had 1.6 million.

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