Census says: The South is growing. Here’s where.

The South is growing, and results from the 2020 Census show the region is growing faster than any other region of the United States.  

Ten Southern cities were among the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S., with the state of Texas having the most cities among the fastest-growing. Texas’ population grew 15.9 percent overall in the past 10 years, making it the fastest-growing Southern state.  


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These 10 cities topped the list of fastest-growing in the South in the latest Census data released in mid-August. 

  • Frisco, TX (+71.1%) 
  • New Braunfels, TX (+56.4%) 
  • McKinney, TX (+51.9%) 
  • Cedar Park, TX (+44.2%)
  • Fort Meyers, FL (+39.8%)
  • Conroe, TX (+39.3%) 
  • Murfreesboro, TN (+34.6%) 
  • Mount Pleasant, SC (+34.1%) 
  • Round Rock, TX (+33.3%) 
  • Franklin, TN (+32.8% ) 

Most of these cities are suburbs of other larger metros including Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, Nashville, and Charleston. Fort Meyers, Fla., is the only city on the list that’s not a suburb of any large metro area.  

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As a result of the population changes recorded in the 2020 Census, Texas gained two congressional seats. North Carolina and Florida both gained a congressional seat each. Despite expectations to the contrary, no Southern states lost congressional seats as a result of population declines, although Mississippi did see a 0.2 percent population loss. It was the only Southern state which decreased in population in the past decade.  

The Census Bureau will release additional, more granular data in coming weeks. In the meantime, we want to know:

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