Fastest-growing U.S. cities are in the West

Some nine of the nation’s 10 fastest-growing cities (those with populations of 100,000 or more) are in the western part of the country, according to recent population reports from the U.S. Census Bureau.

In the last 10 years, most of the fastest-growing—and a few of the largest (in population)—cities surfaced in the West. Three cities—Gilbert, Chandler, and Peoria, Ariz.— also were in the top 10 fastest-growing cities in the 1990s. Two newcomers to the fastest-growing cities list—North Las Vegas and Henderson, Nev.— were on the fastest-growing places list during the previous decade.

10 Fastest-Growing U.S. Cities

Rank      Place                               Change

1            Gilbert, AZ                       22.8%

2            North Las Vegas, NV      17.7%

3            Henderson, NV                17.3%

4            Chandler, NV                   14.4%

5            Peoria, AZ                        13.4%

6             Irvine, CA                        13.3%

7             Rancho Cucamonga, CA   12.5%

8             Chula Vista, CA                11.7%

9             Fontana, CA                     11.4%

10           Joliet, IL                            11.4%

10 Largest U.S. Cities

Rank      Place                                  Change

1            New York, NY                  0.9%

2           Los Angeles, CA                 2.8%

3           Chicago, IL                         -0.3%

4           Houston, TX                        2.9%

5           Philadelphia, PA                  -1.7%

6           Phoenix, AZ                         3.8%

7           San Diego, CA                    3.0%

8           Dallas, TX                           1.9%

9          San Antonio, TX                   3.7%

10        Detroit, MI                          -2.8%