The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Louisiana For 2021

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Louisiana.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like New Orleans and Baton Rouge, while others want peace and quiet like in Jackson and Grambling, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Louisiana have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Pelican State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Louisiana for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Louisiana For 2021

  1. Youngsville
  2. Broussard
  3. Addis
  4. Jackson
  5. New Orleans
  6. Carencro
  7. Zachary
  8. Covington
  9. Bossier City
  10. Gonzales

What's the fastest growing city in Louisiana for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Youngsville ranks as the fastest growing city in Louisiana. If you happen to be a resident of Youngsville, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Louisiana are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Louisiana or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Louisiana state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Louisiana For 2021

1. Youngsville

Youngsville, LA

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Population: 13,407
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,336
Percent Growth 82.8%
Absolute Growth: 6,071
More on Youngsville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Broussard

Broussard, LA

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Population: 11,913
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,761
Percent Growth 53.5%
Absolute Growth: 4,152
More on Broussard: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Addis

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Population: 5,274
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,451
Percent Growth 52.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,823
More on Addis: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Jackson

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Population: 5,041
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 3,804
Percent Growth 32.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,237
More on Jackson: Homes For Sale | Data

5. New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

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Population: 390,845
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 295,285
Percent Growth 32.4%
Absolute Growth: 95,560
More on New Orleans: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Carencro

Carencro, LA

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Population: 8,984
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 7,355
Percent Growth 22.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,629
More on Carencro: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Zachary

Zachary, LA

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Population: 17,283
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 14,284
Percent Growth 21.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,999
More on Zachary: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Covington

Covington, LA

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Population: 10,372
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,941
Percent Growth 16.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,431
More on Covington: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Bossier City

Bossier City, LA

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Population: 68,248
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 60,402
Percent Growth 13.0%
Absolute Growth: 7,846
More on Bossier City: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Gonzales

Gonzales, LA

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Population: 10,789
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,596
Percent Growth 12.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,193
More on Gonzales: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Pelican State for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 62 Louisiana cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Pelican State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Louisiana with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Louisiana Graph For 2021

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Louisiana, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Louisiana are led by Youngsville which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Bastrop
  2. Franklin
  3. Morgan City

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Louisiana For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Youngsville 82.8% 13,407 7,336
2 Broussard 53.5% 11,913 7,761
3 Addis 52.8% 5,274 3,451
4 Jackson 32.5% 5,041 3,804
5 New Orleans 32.4% 390,845 295,285
6 Carencro 22.1% 8,984 7,355
7 Zachary 21.0% 17,283 14,284
8 Covington 16.0% 10,372 8,941
9 Bossier City 13.0% 68,248 60,402
10 Gonzales 12.4% 10,789 9,596

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