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Meridian continues to be one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation.

A report by the U.S. Census published Thursday put Meridian as the fifth fastest-growing city between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. Meridian had a 6.1% increase in population during that time — a gain of 6,140 residents — for a total population of 106,804 in 2018.

Over the past three years, Meridian has moved up the list of fastest-growing. Last year, the Census Bureau ranked Meridian the 10th fastest-growing city in with 4.7% increase in population. The year before that, Meridian was the 13th fastest.

When looking at population gain by volume, not by rate of growth, Phoenix, Arizona topped the list with a gain of 25,288 people. It was followed by San Antonio (20,824); Fort Worth, Texas (19,552); Seattle (15,354); and Charlotte, North Carolina (13,151).

New York continues to be the nation’s most populous city with 8.4 million people.

The nation’s housing stock grew by 1.2 million units between 2017 and 2018, reaching 138.5 million housing units in total. The growth rate of 0.8% from 2017 to 2018 remained the same as from the previous year.

Utah was the fastest-growing state in terms of housing units, with an increase of 2.2% between 2017 and 2018. Idaho had an increase of 1.9%.

The nation’s housing stock increased by 6.8 million units, or 5.2%, since April 1, 2010.

North Dakota was the fastest-growing state during that time in terms of housing units, with an increase of 18.9%. Idaho placed in the top five in percentage gain of housing stock since 2010 with a 10.2% increase. The other states were Utah with 13.2%, Texas with 11.3% and Colorado with 9.5%.


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