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Lebanon secures spot among nation’s fastest-growing cities

The US Census Bureau recently released population estimates, and Lebanon, TN grew by 8.9% in a year, landing it No. 12 on the list of the country’s fastest-growing cities.

A brick wall with "Greetings from Lebanon Wilson County Tennessee" painted on it in various colors with scenes from downtown.

Don’t forget to snap your pic in front of this mural by Sun Graphics Signs when you’re in town. | Photo by @jennifermccaleb_realtor

We often talk about Nashville’s population growth, but you might be surprised to hear that another Middle Tennessee community grew at a much more rapid pace this past year. Recent population estimates from the US Census Bureau confirm Lebanon is the 12th fastest-growing city in the US with an 8.9% growth rate between July 1, 2022 and July 1, 2023.

Looking at the larger picture, the South makes up 13 of the top 15 fastest-growing cities with a population of at least 20,000. Of those 15 cities, over half of them are in Texas. Metro Nashville’s population grew 0.8% with its 5,600 new residents.

Zooming back in, there’s no exact science as to why Lebanon’s population increased so significantly during that time frame — but we can make an educated guess. The Wilson County city has become a hub for corporate expansion and financial investments in recent years, attracting companies such as Bridgetown Natural Foods LLC, REI, NewBasis LLC, and New Balance.

Of course, it’s also home to plenty of gems, from restaurants to things to do. If you find yourself that way on a day trip, here is a short list of some stops to make:

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