America’s Fastest (and Slowest) Growing Cities
Where Americans moved in the past decade
This video is part of our Kite & Key Shorts series—easy to understand...but hard to forget.
America is a nation on the move — which means some cities experience explosive growth while others stagnate.
So, where are people headed these days?i
These major metropolitan areas saw the highest population growth over the last decade:
#5 — Houston, Texas (+20%)
#4 — Nashville, Tennessee (+20%)
#3 — Raleigh, North Carolina (+25%)
#2 — Orlando, Florida (+25%)
#1 — Austin, Texas (+33%)
The major metropolitan areas that saw the lowest population growth over the last decade?
#5 — Memphis, Tennessee (+1.6%)
#4 — Milwaukee, Wisconsin (+1%)
#3 — St. Louis, Missouri (+1%)
#2 — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (+0.6%)
#1 — Cleveland, Ohio (+0.5%)
But even if your city’s barely growing, there’s always hope for the future.
Out of the country’s 10 most populated metropolitan areas from 100 years ago, only four are still on the list.ii
America really is a land of second chances.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- With a 33% population increase, Austin was America’s fastest growing major metropolitan area over the last decade.
- With a 0.5% population increase, Cleveland was America’s slowest growing major metropolitan area over the last decade.
- Of the 10 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. in 1920, only four remain in the top 10 today.
- “2020 Population and Housing State Data” — U.S. Census Bureau
- “Historical Metropolitan Populations of the United States” — Peakbagger.com
SOUND: "Feet on the Ground” (Diego Martinez)
FOOTAGE: Forrest Wheatey / Fantastic Removals (Flickr)
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- U.S. Census Bureau
“2020 Population and Housing State Data”
“Historical Metropolitan Populations of the United States”