The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New York For 2022

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the fastest growing cities in New York.

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 York and Buffalo, while others want peace and quiet like in Sea Cliff and Penn Yan, 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 New York 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 Empire State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in New York for 2022 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in New York for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Kiryas Joel ranks as the fastest growing city in New York. If you happen to be a resident of Kiryas Joel, 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 New York are growing like weeds.

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

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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In New York For 2022

1. Kiryas Joel

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Population: 25,910
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 19,089
Percent Growth 35.7%
Absolute Growth: 6,821
More on Kiryas Joel: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Kiryas Joel, NY

2. New Square

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Population: 8,589
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 6,458
Percent Growth 33.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,131
More on New Square: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

New Square, NY

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3. Kaser

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Population: 5,367
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,436
Percent Growth 21.0%
Absolute Growth: 931
More on Kaser: Homes For Sale | Data

4. North Hills

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Population: 5,867
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,940
Percent Growth 18.8%
Absolute Growth: 927
More on North Hills: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

North Hills, NY

5. Elmsford

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Population: 5,197
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,620
Percent Growth 12.5%
Absolute Growth: 577
More on Elmsford: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Elmsford, NY

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6. Farmingdale

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Population: 8,869
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,169
Percent Growth 8.6%
Absolute Growth: 700
More on Farmingdale: Homes For Sale | Data

7. New Hempstead

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Population: 5,426
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 5,016
Percent Growth 8.2%
Absolute Growth: 410
More on New Hempstead: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

New Hempstead, NY

8. Wesley Hills

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Population: 5,891
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 5,452
Percent Growth 8.1%
Absolute Growth: 439
More on Wesley Hills: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Spring Valley

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Population: 32,295
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 30,326
Percent Growth 6.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,969
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Spring Valley, NY

10. New Paltz

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Population: 7,169
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,749
Percent Growth 6.2%
Absolute Growth: 420
More on New Paltz: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

New Paltz, NY

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Empire State for 2022

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 169 New York 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 Empire 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 New York with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in New York Graph For 2022

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Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In New York, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New York are led by Kiryas Joel 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. Massena
  2. Herkimer
  3. Beacon

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In New York For 2022

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Kiryas Joel 35.7% 25,910 19,089
2 New Square 33.0% 8,589 6,458
3 Kaser 21.0% 5,367 4,436
4 North Hills 18.8% 5,867 4,940
5 Elmsford 12.5% 5,197 4,620
6 Farmingdale 8.6% 8,869 8,169
7 New Hempstead 8.2% 5,426 5,016
8 Wesley Hills 8.1% 5,891 5,452
9 Spring Valley 6.5% 32,295 30,326
10 New Paltz 6.2% 7,169 6,749

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