New Geography demography wonks Joel Kotkin and Wendell Cox mine the latest 2015 Census population estimates for sure vindication against the "urban boosters," who predicted trends would witness steady herd out of suburbs into downtown metro cores.

Kotkin and Cox note that the 10 top fastest growing metros, all but two are in what once were Confederate States. They are:

Austin ranks first, with 3.0% growth, followed by Orlando, Fla. (2.6%), and Raleigh (2.5%). Other fast-growing southern metro areas included San Antonio, Texas (2.2%); Nashville, Tenn.; and Jacksonville, Fla. (both 2.0%). The fastest growers outside the South are Denver (2.1%) and Las Vegas (2.2%), the latter of which is now clearly back from the dead.


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