America keeps getting bigger. The U.S. population grew 9.7 percent over the past decade, yet some cities grew much faster. These areas became denser and some sprawled into neighboring territory as people had children and newcomers moved in for jobs, life style advantages, affordable housing, and good schools. In a ranking compiled for Businessweek.com, Little Rock-based location-analysis firm Gadberry Group
identified the fastest-growing place per state. (See note below.) The number one boom town? Olive Branch, Miss. Others include by Keller, Tex. and Ellicott City, Md. The ranking was based on growth in households year-on-year and from 2000 to 2010, as well as such other factors as the 2010 average length of residence and the change in average household income from 2000 to 2010. Household growth from 2000 to 2010 was given the most weight in order to account for areas that have been growing for a long time, compared to new-growth areas. Only places with 10,000 or more households in 2010 were considered.
Note: The area used in Gadberry's analysis is not intended to correspond to city or municipal boundaries. As a result, the data does not correspond with results from the 2000 and 2010 Census. In most cases the area discussed includes the city or town and surrounding areas contained within Census block groups associated with the city or place by the U.S. Census Bureau, in order to account for sprawl. Trends for a greater area may thus differ from those of a city, as growth often occurs beyond city boundaries.