Texas leads US states with fastest-growing cities

Source: Smart Cities Dive on April 11, 2017 | Mary Tyler March

Dive Brief:

  • Houston is leading a group of 11 major U.S. metros that are each adding more than 1,000 people per week, according to a new report from the American City Business Journals analyzing recent Census Bureau data tracking weekly population changes from 2010 to 2016. 

  • Dallas– Fort Worth, New York City, Atlanta, and Miami– Fort Lauderdale followed, each seeing population gains greater than 1,500 people per week. 

  • Meanwhile, 11 metros posted declines during the period, with Cleveland seeing the most significant population loss at a net 66.4 people per week. Youngstown, OH, Pittsburgh and Scranton/Wilkes– Barre, PA, also experienced weekly net drops of more than 25 people.

Dive Insight:

The Census Bureau data matches reports that have found more first-time homebuyers are relocating to the Midwest and parts of the South — particularly, Texas — in search of more stable markets and housing affordability. 

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