Watch it grow! Southern cities top U.S. Census list of fastest growing, towns not far behind

Watch the South grow. The U.S. Census Bureau recently released data on the fastest-growing cities in the nation and Southern cities dominated the list.

Of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the nation according to Vintage 2022 Population Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau this week, nine are in the South. Signaling a growth spurt in larger southern cities, but also in increase in smaller communities around the South. Six of those nine cities were in Texas alone, but North Carolina also made it onto the list at number 15 with Charlotte.

Here's a look at the growth in cities and towns across the Southern region.

Where are people moving to? Small towns

America continues to be a nation of small towns.

Nearly 40% (129.6 million) of the United State's population lived in 4.1% (798) of cities with populations of 50,000 or more. But growth still came for small town U.S.A., especially in the South.

On average, small towns experienced uneven growth across the different regions:

  • Small towns in the South grew by 0.4%.

  • Northeast small towns declined by 0.4%.

  • Midwest small towns declined by 0.2%.

  • Western small towns saw the largest growth from 2021 to 2022, with an increase of 0.5%.

What are the most populous U.S. cities?

  1. New York

  2. Los Angeles

  3. Chicago

  4. Houston

  5. Phoenix

  6. Philadelphia

  7. San Antonio

  8. San Diego, California

  9. Dallas

  10. Austin

  11. Jacksonville, Florida

  12. San Jose, California

  13. Fort Worth

  14. Columbus, Ohio

  15. Charlotte, North Carolina

This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: US Census Bureau fastest-growing cities list full of Southern cities