A Growing America: Cities Experiencing The Fastest Growth Spurts

AddThis Social Bookmark Button

 

Shutterstock

Cities like New York and Los Angeles have long been hailed the go-to places for those wanting to dive into big-city life. They're the glamorous industrial and business meccas of the country.

Traditionally, if a homegrown farm girl wanted to experience a truly urban area, somewhere like Iowa wouldn't instantly come to mind.

But America is changing, and so are its centers of life. More and more people are moving from rural to urban areas—many of them in states that have been traditionally regarded as mostly rural, according to research from MooseRoots.

Using statistics from the Census Bureau and the National Historic Geographic Information System (NHGIS), MooseRoots calculated the change in each state's urban population over time. They compared the percent of a given state's population that was living in an urban area in 1970 to that in 2010. MooseRoots then ranked the top 13 states by the largest percent growth in city-dwellers.

Below you can see the linear increase of urbanization in the country. But which states lead the pack?

 

#13. Nevada

 

Total Population in 2010: 2,633,331
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 80.9%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 94.2%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 16.4%

#12. Nebraska

 

Total Population in 2010: 1,799,125
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 61.5%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 73.1%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 18.9%

#11. Virginia

 

Total Population in 2010: 7,841,754
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 63.1%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 75.5%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 19.7%

#10. Oregon

 

Total Population in 2010: 3,761,925
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 67.1%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 81%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 20.7%

#9. Vermont

 

Total Population in 2010: 624,258
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 32.2%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 38.9%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 20.8%

#8. Georgia

 

Total Population in 2010: 9,468,815
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 60.3%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 75.1%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 24.5%

#7. West Virginia

 

Total Population in 2010: 1,840,802
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 39%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 48.7%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 24.9%

#6. South Dakota

 

Total Population in 2010: 799,462
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 44.6%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 56.7%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 27.1%

#5. Idaho

 

Total Population in 2010: 1,526,797
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 54.1%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 70.6%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 30.5%

#4. North Dakota

 

Total Population in 2010: 659,858
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 44.3%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 59.9%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 35.2%

#3. Alaska

 

Total Population in 2010: 691,189
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 48.4%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 66%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 36.4%

#2. South Carolina

 

Total Population in 2010: 4,511,428
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 47.6%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 66.3%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 39.3%

#1. North Carolina

 

Total Population in 2010: 9,271,178
Percent of population living in cities (1970): 44.9%
Percent of population living in cities (2010): 66.1%

Percent change from 1970 to 2010: 47.2%

Haute Tease

  • Pennsylvania House Race: Although 18th District Too Close To Call Democrat Claims Victory

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Pennsylvania House of Representative Special Election, with 100% of the precincts reporting and a full six hours after the polls have closed, is waiting for a winner as no media has yet called the race.

     
  • Money News: DOW Closes Down; World Markets Follow; Asian Markets Split

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Dow Jones Industrial fell in dramatic fashion over the past week after soaring to new heights and record closes and triggered similar tumbles in the three other major U.S. Markets furthering a wider spread fall with all European markets closing down and Asian Markets split.

     
  • Celebrity Real State News: Enrique’s Former Miami Mansion, with Prime Bay and Skyline Views, On Market

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The Iglesias men cover a wide range of music genres.  Father Julio, now 73, with his chiseled features, deeply romantic songs, and smooth bedroom voice, with a law degree on the side, has sold over 120 million records.  

     
  • Hey, You're That Guy: Actor Kelly Perine

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Hollywood has launched a thousand careers, and among them are the many extremely talented character actors and comedians whose nuanced performances knock us on our asses every time we see them. Just the sight of them elicits responses like, “I love that guy! Wasn't he in that one movie? You know the one. What is that guy's name?”

     
  • HL Arts: Lindsay Rapp Celebrates the Magic and Magnetism of Life in Water and Color

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    Philadelphia artist Lindsay Rapp has spent her life painting. As a preschooler, her finger paintings exhibited surprising talent and her teacher entered her the work in a contest. She won and a profession was born, nurtured, cultivated, and developed.

     
  • Running For A Reason 2nd Annual Treadmill Marathon to Commence Sunday, November 17th

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The 2nd Annual Treadmill Marathon is set to take place Sunday, November 17th in Los Angeles, CA where participants are running for recovery, resiliency and hope for a better life for all those affected by mental illness.  All proceeds will go to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

     
  • Five Travel Tips to Calm Pre-Flight Fears

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    In the 1998 film French Kiss Meg Ryan plays a women with a severe fear of flying. She tried to overcome her fear through a simulator class only to panic and kick the door down in an effort to escape.The fear of flying is very real and not as comical as it played out.

     
  • What Men Want Review - An Over the Top, Laugh Out Loud Funny, Testosterone Trip

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    What Men Want, from Paramount Players and BET Films, presents an hilarious, fun filled trip as super sports agent, Ali Davis becomes enabled, after a bachelorette party gone bad, with the power to hear the thoughts of men.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Obama Attends G7; Russia/Ukraine; VP Buries Son; May Job Numbers; Caitlyn Jenner

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama, along with members of the seven largest global economies will be meeting in the Bavaria region of Germany, hosted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as the nation's gather to discuss the issues with Russian and the Ukraine.

     
  • Beltway Insider: Trump/Pelosi Reopen Gov’t, SOTU, All the President’s Men, Brexit, Venezuela, Hillary Clinton

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Donald Trump announced both houses had come to an agreement on a bill that would reopen government for an interim period providing immediate relief to the more than 800,000 government employees who were forced to work without pay.

     
  • Point and Shoot: The 10 Best Cameras for Summer Travel

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    From graduations and senior trips to vacations and backyard barbecues, summer is the time when memories are made — and recorded. The best cameras for summer travel are light, functional and, of course, affordable.  

  • Beltway Insider: Obama Pushes Nuke Deal; China Visit; Wildfires; Williams, Jennings, Gifford

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    President Obama addressed media over the week on the intricacies of the Iranian Nuclear Deal as the full congressional vote is quickly approaching and Washington's movers and shakers have left the capital for the annual summer vacation.

     
  • LUXE Rodeo Drive Hotel Celebrates Ferrari’s 60th Anniversary

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    The city of Beverly Hills and the Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel are celebrating Ferrari's 60th Anniversary in America. Now guests can join the celebration. A full list of perks and amenities offered in the " Ferrari 60th Anniversary Gala" package are available.

     
  • Business News: Buy, Sell, Trade – AOL, General Mills, Syngenta; Verifone, Campbell, H&R Block, Release Earnings, Chipotle Sued

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

     

    Syngenta, the Swiss agricultural and chemical firm, and AOL, and consumer giant General Mills each separately sought to firm up the financials with buy backs, acquisitions and portfolio sales enriching the reserves heading into the fourth quarter.

     
  • Health, Wellness: How the Zika Outbreak Could Affect Abortion Laws in 2016

    AddThis Social Bookmark Button

    What started as a seemingly harmless public health issue in Brazil has now put Latin American countries, and even the United State on high alert. The Zika virus, a mosquito-borne illness, has far reaching epidemic potential with no cure in sight.