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The American South is well known for its slower pace, home-style cooking and sticky temperatures.

We can now add being home to most of the country’s fastest-growing big cities to the list, suggests data from the US Census Bureau.

Ten of the top 15 fastest growing large cities between July 2015 and July 2016 were located in the South, and four of the top five were in the state of Texas.

Conroe, TX, not far from Houston, had the fastest-growing population of any large US city between 2015 and 2016, says Census data. Conroe’s population grew nearly 8 percent during those years, or roughly 11 times more than the national average growth rate of 0.7 percent.

Frisco and McKinney, both located in the Dallas area, came in at second and third with 6.2 percent and 5.9 percent population growth between 2015 and 2016.

Greenville, SC was the only large city not located in Texas to make the top five. Greenville recorded a 5.8 percent gain in its population during the same time period. Georgetown, TX ranked fifth with a population increase of 5.5 percent. It’s located close to the booming Austin area.

“Since the 2010 Census, the population in large southern cities grew by an average of 9.4 percent. In comparison, cities in the West grew 7.3 percent, while cities in the Northeast and Midwest had much lower growth rates at 1.8 percent and 3.0 percent respectively,” writes Census Bureau demographer Amel Toukabri.

And while New York City may not be one of the fastest growing cities in the country, it is still the most populated US city. Some 8.5 million people reside in New York City, nearly twice as many more as Los Angeles, CA — the second most populated US city.

Phoenix, AZ recorded the largest numeric increase of any city between 2015 and 2016, adding about 88 people per day on average or 32,113 total. And despite a loss of nearly 9,000 people, Chicago, IL remained the third largest US city (2.7 million people).

Meanwhile, the country’s housing stock grew by 911,000 in 2016, reaching 135.7 million in total. Last year’s growth rate of 0.7 percent was half of what it was in 2007, before the financial crisis.

Housing unit growth was below pre-2007 levels in every state but three: North Dakota, Washington, DC, and Iowa.

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