There’s Texas and then there’s everywhere else

The southern shift shows no signs of easing.

The U.S. Census Bureau today released the list of fastest-growing cities in America. Most of them are in Texas.

Table 1. The 15

Fastest-Growing Large Cities from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2012

Rank Area Name State Name Percent

Increase

2012 Total Population
1 San Marcos city Texas
4.91
50,001
2 South Jordan city Utah
4.87
55,934
3 Midland city Texas
4.87
119,385
4 Cedar Park city Texas
4.67
57,957
5 Clarksville city Tennessee
4.43
142,519
6 Alpharetta city Georgia
4.37
61,981
7 Georgetown city Texas
4.21
52,303
8 Irvine city California
4.21
229,985
9 Buckeye town Arizona
4.14
54,542
10 Conroe city Texas
4.01
61,533
11 McKinney city Texas
3.95
143,223
12 Frisco city Texas
3.92
128,176
13 Odessa city Texas
3.83
106,102
14 Auburn city Alabama
3.71
56,908
15 Manhattan city Kansas
3.71
56,069
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division,

Vintage 2012 Population Estimates

Note: Large cities are those with a population of

at least 50,000.

Release Date: May 2013

There wasn’t any change in the makeup of the cities in the top-15 ranking, just a change in order. The only midwestern city on the list — Indianapolis — dropped one spot to number 13.

Minneapolis is now the 47th most populous city, adding about 4,000 residents between 2011 and 2012. Saint Paul is 55th (adding about 2,000 residents).

Here’s the total ranking of Minnesota cities.

City
Population
Rank
Minneapolis
392,880
47
Saint Paul
290,770
66
Rochester
108,992
249
Duluth
86,211
358
Bloomington
86,033
360
Brooklyn Park
77,752
416
Plymouth
72,928
455
St. Cloud
65,986
514
Eagan
64,854
527
Woodbury
64,496
532
Maple Grove
64,420
534
Eden Prairie
62,258
554
Coon Rapids
61,931
560
Burnsville
61,130
567
Blaine
59,412
590
Lakeville
57,342
621
Minnetonka
51,123
714

The steady growth of the south makes it seem likely Minnesota will lose a seat in Congress in 2020. It barely kept it in the last redistricting of 2010.

  • Cara

    I’m kinda surprised that Williston ND isn’t on that list.

  • David G

    Probably because Williston is by no means a large city. The 2011 estimate was only 16,000.

  • Gary

    When we’re looking at city populations, I think it’s really important to look at a few other factors.

    So yes, Indianapolis (800,000 people) is over twice as large as Minneapolis (less than 400,000 people), but Indianapolis covers nearly 375 square miles, while Minneapolis covers about 55 square miles.

    And if you look at the metropolitan numbers, the Indianapolis metro area has around 2 million people, while Minneapolis/St Paul is part of a metro area of over 3 million.

  • Bob Collins

    It’s fastest-growing LARGE cities, which I think requires a base population of 50k.

  • Robert Moffitt

    The reason Indianapolis covers such a large area dates back to the 1970s and”Unigov.” It basically expanded the city limits, making all Marion County part of the city.