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Is Boston’s population growing or shrinking? How does it compare to the rest of Massachusetts?

Cities across several southern states grew at the fastest rate last year, while new government estimates show Massachusetts’s biggest cities saw only a modest increase in population.

Four of the top five fastest-growing cities in the nation were in Texas, according to the new estimates from the Census Bureau. None of the fastest-growing cities were in the northeast.

“Overall, cities in the South continue to grow at a faster rate than any other U.S region,” said Amel Toukabri, a demographer for the Census Bureau.

The estimated population of Massachusetts grew at a rate of 0.4 percent between 2015 and 2016. Meanwhile, the estimates show that Utah was the fastest-growing state, at a rate of 1.99 percent.

Eleven states grew at a rate of over 1 percent during the year, while eight others shrank, according to the estimates.

5 fastest growing in Massachusetts (Percent):

  1. Boxborough +10.75%
  2. Duxbury +2.89%
  3. Belmont +2.53%
  4. Watertown +2.32%
  5. Swampscott + 2.21%

5 fastest growing in Massachusetts (Population):

  1. Boston +7,200
  2. Somerville +1,138
  3. Watertown +813

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