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New Orleans Tops Fastest-Growing Cities List

Citing new Census Bureau figures, Associated General Contractors of America reports that New Orleans, in continuing recovery from Hurricane Katrina three years ago, was the fastest-growing large city (100,000-plus residents) between July 2006-07, when the population rose 13.8 percent

Citing new Census Bureau figures, Associated General Contractors of America reports that New Orleans, in continuing recovery from Hurricane Katrina three years ago, was the fastest-growing large city (100,000-plus residents) between July 2006-07, when the population rose 13.8 percent. Tempering that watermark is New Orleans' top ranking among cities having the largest population decline since 2000.

Census figures for the July 2006-07 period showed Houston logging the largest numerical gain in residents, and Victorville, Calif., second in total population growth (9.5 percent) behind New Orleans. Also on the top 10 fast-growing large city list are McKinney, Killeen, and Denton, Texas (third, sixth and tenth, respectively); North Las Vegas, Nev. (fourth); Port St. Lucie, Fla. (seventh); Gilbert, Ariz. (eighth); and, Clarksville, Tenn. (ninth).

Cities with the largest percentage decrease in population over the same period included Baton Rouge, La., and Jackson, Miss. (both affected by post-Katrina in- and out-flow); Coral Springs, Hollywood and four other Florida cities; and, Columbus, Ga. (attributable to decline in occupied military barracks). Cleveland topped the list of cities with the highest numerical loss of residents.