The rate of growth of the American population has reached its lowestern level sinthis the Great Depression, according to the 2020 US Census. Over the past decade, the Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic have slowed immigration and caused many Americans not to have children.
However, population growth has not stalled across the United States. In fact, in almost every state at least one major metropolitan area experienced a faster rate of population growth from 2010 to 2020 than the comparable national rate of 6.7%.
To determine the fastest growing city in each state, 24/7 Wall St. examined demographics from the United States Census Bureau’s Population and Housing Estimation Program. The metropolitan regions have been classified according to the evolution of the total population from 2010 to 2020.
While all but one of the states had at least one large metropolitan area with a growing population over the past decade, the states with the largest booming metropolitan areas were mostly concentrated in the South and West.
Yet there were 11 states where not a single metropolitan area reported population growth, even equal to that of the United States. Population growth in these cities has been slower than the US rate. Eight of these states were in the northeast.
As much of the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, many in this age group are thebeing colder areas in the north in favor of warmer weather in the south and west. These areas often also have the added benefit of having a relatively low cost of living. This is what it costs to retire in each state.
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To determine the fastest growing city in each state, 24/7 Wall St. examined demographics from the United States Census Bureau’s Population and Housing Estimation Program. The metropolitan areas were classified according to the evolution of the total population from 2010 to 2020. Data on the components of population growth – births, deaths, international and national migration – were also taken from the PEP. Additional employment data used to calculate job growth from 2010 to 2020 comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for May 2021 is also taken from the BLS. Median household income data comes from the 2019 Census Bureau American Community Survey and is one-year estimates.