17 Fastest Growing Cities in the US
Cities in the United States and all over the world are growing in size everyday, but there are certain attributes that differentiate the star cities that are growing faster than the rest. If you think about these star cities, some popular names like New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington D.C, Seattle and Austin impulsively come to mind. However, how does one really determine if these cities are actually the ones growing faster than the others? Are these the only contenders or are there more other cities and suburban areas making it to the list in 2020?
Well, we’re curious about the same and have turned to the data collected and studied by the United States Census Bureau and WalletHub for answers to share with you. Since, these are the agencies that apply a handful of metrics to analyze the performance of a fast-growing city before compiling a list.
Climate, employment as well as education opportunities, quality of life, safety, transport, affordable housing, air quality, medical facilities, civic engagement are the tiny metrics a layperson applies while moving houses. However, organizations like the Census Bureau delve into these same aspects even further and on a larger scale. Forbes, WalletHub, Bloomberg CityLab and Business Insider are other few firms that compile these lists as well.
In this article, we bring you the final results of their efforts. Read on to find out more about the fastest growing cities in the US in 2020.
Top 17 Fastest Growing Cities In America
Here Is The List By The Metric:
- Buckeye, Arizona
- Fort Myers, Florida
- Bend, Oregon
- Meridian, Idaho
- Frisco, Texas
- Town ‘n’ Country, Florida
- Round Rock, Texas
- Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
- Mckinney, Texas
- Henderson, Nevada
- Chico, California
- Cape Coral, Florida
- Port Saint Lucie, Florida
- Sugar Land, Texas
- Irvine, California
- Murfreesboro, Tennessee
- College Station, Texas
1. Buckeye, Arizona
Buckeye is a suburb of the state’s capital city Phoenix and tops this list. A healthy economy, endless options for recreation, vibrant atmosphere and affordable housing are the top most reasons for people to move to this city. According to neigborhoods.com from a price point perspective, some of the most popular neighborhoods are Sundance, Sun City Festival, Festival Foothills and Verrado. You can consider these areas if you have your eye on Buckeye!
Demographics – The population of Buckeye was 50,876 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 79,620.
Median value of homes – $271,716
2. Fort Myers, Florida
The town of Fort Myers has a growing population, stable job market and enjoys a tropical savanna climate all year round which make it perfect for those who detest winters. It’s also the cultural hub and gateway to Southwest Florida. Housing in this city can seem affordable since the state of Florida lacks state income tax and this is most beneficial for retirees who wish to see their pension funds last longer.
Demographics – The population of Fort Myers was 62,298 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 87,103.
Median value of homes – $226,097
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3. Bend, Oregon
Bend is the most centrally located and largest city of the state of Oregon, situated on the west coast of the United States. The city has a myriad of options for residents and visitors to fall in love with the outdoors. Hiking, skiing, mountain biking, cycling, river rafting are just a few of activities you can enjoy here. The city is slowly seeing a surge in people moving here who wish to escape the crowded urban hustle.
Demographics – The population of the city of Bend was 76,639 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 100,421.
Median value of homes – $479,616
4. Meridian, Idaho
The financial agency of WalletHub has considered the city of Meridian as one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States and we’ll let the numbers in the demographics below speak for themselves. It all began at the turn of the 20th century when the city’s population tripled and has only been doubling since then. Meridian has the vibe of a small town but the internal workings of a big city. The fact that it’s presently up to speed with other fast growing cities like Frisco in Texas sure is something!
Demographics – The population of Meridian was 75,092 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 114,161.
Median value of homes – $384,121
5. Frisco, Texas
Based on the latest census data, the city of Frisco always tops the charts and is currently not in the lead but still part of the fastest growing city in the US. The city has a primarily residential population who commute to work in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. Professionals and locals are attracted to the community life, charming atmosphere, recreational options and beautiful homes in Frisco. This city was once in the upper ranks for the ‘best city to live in’ because of good ratings for a solid economic growth rate, employment rate and educational opportunities.
Demographics – The population of Frisco was 116,989 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 200,490.
Median value of homes – $437,596
6. Town ‘n’ Country, Florida
The city of Town ‘n’ Country is just 20 minutes away from the mega metropolitan area of Tampa. Since Tampa is to an extent on the touristy side, Town ‘n’ Country makes a great escape from the commotion of big cities. Friendly people, decent schools, green spaces, excellent restaurants, close proximity to popular beaches and the airport are few of the reasons the city attracts more and more residents every year.
Demographics – The population of Town ‘n’ Country was 78,422 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 85,620.
Median value of homes – $234,463
7. Round Rock, Texas
Round Rock has slowly grown to become one of the coolest suburbs in Texas and is now nicknamed a ‘super suburb’. It has been ranked as one of the ‘best places to buy a home’ in Texas and it was also listed among the ‘top 10 most affordable places to live’ by Livability. People who wish to relocate to the Greater Austin Metropolitan area, but find housing way too expensive there can opt to move to Round Rock to enjoy the more affordable housing options and laid-back atmosphere.
Demographics – The population of Round Rock was 99,887 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 133,372.
Median value of homes – $325,520
8. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
The neighborhood of Mount Pleasant is part of the highly maintained part of Charleston. The pace of life is slower here and extremely residential since most people own their own houses. The plus point of moving here would be the easy access to the ocean and warm climate that the entire state of South Carolina enjoys. For several years, Mount Pleasant has managed to be the state’s fastest growing neighborhood. Presently, it is the fourth largest municipality and largest town of the state with fantastic rankings for affordable housing and cost of living.
Demographics – The population of Mount Pleasant was 67,843 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 91,684.
Median value of homes – $466,758
9. Mckinney, Texas
Mckinney is the next suburb of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex that makes it to the top 17 list of fastest growing cities in the US. According to reports, the suburban areas appear to be outperforming the growth of the metro cities of Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio. Similar to Frisco, the city of Mckinney was also ranked by Money Magazine as the ‘best place to live in America’. Great employment rate, convenient ways to commute, affordable housing are the top reasons people are moving here in huge numbers.
Demographics – The population of Mckinney was 131,117 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 197,177.
Median value of homes – $349,229
10. Henderson, Nevada
In terms of population, the city of Henderson is still far from beating the legendary Las Vegas. However, presently it has grown to become the second largest city of the state of Nevada. The advantage of living in Henderson is the warm summers and mild winters. The city is lucky enough to get 297 days of sunshine with clear skies that encourages one to spend more time outdoors. Lastly, the city is to an extent affordable to live in because of the lack of state income tax.
Demographics – The population of Henderson was 257,729 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 320,189.
Median value of homes – $351,883
11. Chico, California
The city of Chico enjoys pleasant weather conditions with temperatures never soaring too high or dropping too low. Surprisingly affordable housing, historic streets, a good number of universities and great transportation systems are few of the perks of this city. But the most-loved aspect of the city is Bidwell Park, which is one the largest parks in the nation. If anything, it is the pride of Chico in some ways! Today, Chico has grown to become the most populous city Butte County, California.
Demographics – The population of Chico was 86,197 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 103,301.
Median value of homes – $393,653
12. Cape Coral, Florida
Cape Coral, also known as ‘Waterfront Wonderland’, is presently growing to become the largest city between Tampa and Miami. The city sits in the perfect location since the big cities of Florida are just a drive away. Boating, fishing, hiking, cycling are just a few of the recreational opportunities here. A higher number of retirees move to the area since the state does not collect income tax. However, there are plenty of work opportunities for young professionals looking to move to Florida to get the best of both worlds.
Demographics – The population of Cape Coral was 154,305 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 194,495.
Median value of homes – $244,530
13. Port Saint Lucie, Florida
The town of Port Saint Lucie is most appreciated for its close proximity to big cities and major attractions. So its location could very well be the reason why this city seems to be reaching such great heights. The subtropical climate, easy access to the ocean and affordable housing are other traits that make this city a good candidate for those wishing to relocate to the state of Florida. We suggest picking homes away from the coast, since the town does enjoy a good deal of sunshine, but occasionally experiences hurricanes too.
Demographics – The population of Port Saint Lucie was 164,603 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 201,846.
Median value of homes – $243,346
14. Sugar Land, Texas
Although Sugar Land is a suburb, it has managed to grow rapidly alongside the mega metropolitan city Houston. The city has seen a growth in both population and job opportunities. Just as sweet as its name is the fact that it’s the 4th Texas city that makes it to the list, isn’t it Texans? Both residents and visitors of Sugar Land enjoy the close proximity to the beach and weather conditions that promote spending more time outdoors.
Demographics – The population of Sugar Land was 78,817 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 118,488.
Median value of homes – $325,520
15. Irvine, California
The city of Irvine was carefully planned since its inception and is part of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Irvine is home to a great deal of corporations who have their headquarters set up here. As if that wasn’t enough, the city also boasts of having the best higher educational institutions. It should come as no surprise that the city has been ranked as ‘one of the best places’ to live 3 years in a row. Families and professionals move to Irvine for a better quality of life, which the city always delivers. Although, like most good things, it comes with a price! Since the rent and housing can be pretty expensive here.
Demographics – The population of Irvine was 212,375 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 287,401.
Median value of homes – $910,038
16. Murfreesboro, Tennessee
The city of Murfreesboro is located smack in the middle of the state of Tennessee and is part of the Nashville metropolitan area. The city is also home to the largest undergraduate university and is currently the sixth most populous city of the state. Murfreesboro is also considered as one of the best suburbs of Nashville to raise a family because of the great law enforcements. It’s also believed that the city’s motto is to ‘create a better quality of life’. If you ask us, it looks like the city is doing a great job at living up to their motto.
Demographics – The population of Murfreesboro was 108,755 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 146,900.
Median value of homes – $277,259
17. College Station, Texas
College Station is very much true to its name and is home to the main campus of Texas A&M University. The city was also ranked as ‘The most educated city in the United States’ and is considered to have a huge population of young professionals. Although a small town, you can easily access the big cities of Dallas, Houston and San Antonio from here. So College Station is undoubtedly the best place for you to build your academic credentials if you’re a student looking to move for education.
Demographics – The population of College Station was 93,857 at the 2010 census. The 2019 estimated growth is 117,991.
Median value of homes – $249,659
The Bottom Line
If you use a Sharpie to color code the fastest growing cities on a US map, you would notice that the cities in the southern and western belt of the country are experiencing the most growth. Presently, the results convey that the cities from the state of Texas and Florida dominate the list.
From the state of Texas itself we have 5 cities, namely Frisco, Round Rock, McKinney, Sugar Land and College Station that made the list. This only goes to prove that Texas is the fastest-growing part of the United States. While the state of Florida doesn’t look far behind with it’s 4 coastal towns – Fort Myers, Town ‘n’ Country, Cape Coral and Port Saint Lucie, leaving an impressive standing for the state. If you ask us, that does seem like a close call. Therefore, collectively the reports declare that cities from the Sunbelt portion of the country are leading with the most cities from the South and West states making it to the top 17 fastest growing cities in the US.
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