Quick, can you name the fastest-growing cities in the Midwest?
Tops on the list: Des Moines, where the metro population increased 2 percent in the 12 months ending July 1, 2016, according to just-released annual U.S. Census Bureau estimates.
Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines
Des Moines’ metro population was 634,725 as of July 2016, up 12,145 from the previous year.
Local leaders attributed the growth to the city’s strong job market. “Over the past decade, greater Des Moines has outperformed Kansas City, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Chicago and Milwaukee, not only in population growth, but in job growth and GDP,” Jay Byers, CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership, told The Des Moines Register.
Next: the Fargo, North Dakota-Moorhead, Minnesota metro area, with growth of 1.9 percent to 238,124. “It’s certainly not the growth we’ve seen in previous years,” Kevin Iverson, manager of the North Dakota Census Office, said to the Inforum. But, he added, “all three metro areas grew,” referring to Fargo-Moorhead, Bismarck-Mandan and Grand Forks-East Grand Forks.
The third fastest-growing metro area was Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which grew by 3,840 or 1.5 percent to reach a population of 255,729.
Three Midwest cities grew 1.3 percent: Madison, Wisconsin, to 648,929; Lincoln, Nebraska, to 326,921; and Lawrence, Kansas, to 119,440.
Iowa City, Iowa, grew 1.2 percent to 168,828 and Rapid City, South Dakota grew 1.1 percent to 145,661.
The fastest-growing metro area in the U.S. was The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida, which grew 4.3 percent to 123,996.