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10 fastest growing: Port St. Lucie (third) and Cape Coral (fourth) in Florida; and Gilbert (fifth) and Peoria (seventh) in Arizona, both near Phoenix. North Carolina (Cary, near Raleigh) and California (Lancaster, near Los Angeles) each contributed one city to the list. California had seven cities among the 25 fastest growing, leading all states.

Phoenix had the largest population increase of any city between 2005 and 2006, adding more than 43,000 residents to reach 1.5 million. However, Texas dominated the list of the 10 highest numerical gainers, with San Antonio, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and Dallas each making the top 10. North Las Vegas; Miami; Charlotte, N.C.; and San Jose, Calif., rounded out the list of the 10 biggest numerical gainers. Overall, eight Texas cities were among the 25 biggest numerical gainers to lead all states.

New Orleans had by far the largest population loss among all cities with populations of at least 100,000 people. The city lost slightly more than half of its pre-Hurricane Katrina population. It fell from 452,170 on July 1, 2005, to 223,388 one year later — a loss of 50.6 percent. To put the size of this loss into perspective, Hialeah, Fla., which experienced the second-highest rate of loss over the period, saw its population decline by 1.6 percent.

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Table 2: Population Estimates for the 25 Fastest Growing U.S. Cities with Populations over 100,000 in 2006: July 1, 2005 to July 1, 2006

 

 

Population estimates

Change, 2005 to 2006

Rank

Geographic area

July 1, 2006

July 1, 2005

Number

Change

1

North Las Vegas city

NV

        197,567

         176,527

21,040

11.9

2

McKinney city

TX

        107,530

           96,805

10,725

11.1

3

Port St. Lucie city

FL

        143,868

         130,959

12,909

9.9

4

Cape Coral city

FL

        151,389

         139,986

11,403

8.1

5

Gilbert town

AZ

        191,517

         177,653

13,864

7.8

6

Grand Prairie city

TX

        153,812

         144,352

9,460

6.6

7

Peoria city

AZ

        142,024

         134,259

7,765

5.8

8

Cary town

NC

        112,414

         106,963

5,451

5.1

9

Denton city

TX

        109,561

         104,264

5,297

5.1

10

Lancaster city

CA

        140,804

         134,106

6,698

5.0

11

Fort Worth city

TX

        653,320

         623,119

30,201

4.8

12

Joliet city

IL

        142,702

         136,159

6,543

4.8

13

Miami city

FL

        404,048

         386,619

17,429

4.5

14

Bakersfield city

CA

        308,392

         295,769

12,623

4.3

15

Raleigh city

NC

        356,321

         342,812

13,509

3.9

16

Chandler city

AZ

        240,595

         231,728

8,867

3.8

17

Baton Rouge city

LA

        229,553

         221,148

8,405

3.8

18

Henderson city

NV

        240,614

         232,014

8,600

3.7

19

Visalia city

CA

        113,487

         109,433

4,054

3.7

20

Irvine city

CA

        193,956

         187,457

6,499

3.5

21

Fontana city

CA

        170,099

         164,468

5,631

3.4

22

Orlando city

FL

        220,186

         213,250

6,936

3.3

23

Laredo city

TX

        215,484

         208,935

6,549

3.1

24

Elk Grove city

CA

        129,184

         125,293

3,891

3.1

25

Palmdale city

CA

        138,790

         134,650

4,140

3.1

     

For more information about the geographic areas for which the Census Bureau produces population estimates, see http://www.census.gov/popest/geographic.