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25 Fastest Growing Mid size Cities in the US

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In this article we are going to list the 25 fastest growing mid size cities in the US. Click to skip ahead and jump to the 5 fastest growing mid size cities in the US.

The United States of America is the world’s third largest country with 3.8 million square miles. The country is divided into 50 states which are home to a population of 328 million people, making it the world’s third most populous country. With 19,495 cities, town and villages scattered across the country, USA is popularly known as being one of the most ethnically and racially diverse countries in the world. These cities are of every shape and size and consequently offer different economic lifestyles, each unique to its own. You will mostly hear about the big cities like Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Jacksonville, etc. as they attract the most tourists and are home to some of the biggest attractions for citizens and foreigners alike. But research shows that mid-size cities re on the rise. More and more people are beginning to move their livelihood and families to mid-size cities. According to research, the years between 2010 and 2015 showed more people moving into mid-sized metropolitan cities than anywhere else in the country while larger cities have reported a drop in population growth and an uptick in domestic out-migration.

A mid-sized city can have a population number anywhere from a 100,000 people to 500,000 people. People usually tend to move to mid-sized cities because of the relatively cheaper cost of living as compared to big cities. You can also maintain a considerably healthy and prosperous lifestyle at a reasonable cost. Most of these mid-sized cities and town also boast great primary, secondary and high school systems. These reasons prompt mostly family oriented people to move in. A number of researches also show that many millennials opt to move back to their mid- sized hometowns not only because of the low cost of living, close familial ties and easier commute, but also because these quaint towns offer a more approachable, neighborhood-oriented version of the urban lifestyle that is part of the pull of big cities. Even when it comes to the political sphere, research shows that people prefer mid-size cities to be favorable. According to James Fallows in The Atlantic, people tend to trust their local government more.

25 Fastest Growing Mid Size Cities in the US
25 Fastest Growing Mid Size Cities in the US

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Because of this shift, these mid-sized, also called second-tier cities are brimming with possibilities for all kinds of industries to set up shop. A decade of investment in parks, stores and downtown tech hubs are paying off as the population increases. Mid-size cities are also great potential homes for large and small businesses to expand as the offer lower real estate costs, favorable tax codes and incentives, not to mention an increasing pool of potential hires. Places like Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Dunkin (DNKN) have made big names in big cities but these businesses are also thriving in these family oriented cities because of the popularity of small book and coffee shops. Other than that, companies like IBM (NYSE: IBM), Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) and GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) are also finding considerable success in these cities.

Here we have compiled a list for the fastest growing midsize cities in the United States. We have compiled the data from Advisor Smith. The cities are ranked by the average growth rate that the population experienced between the years 2014 to 2019. The population data is courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau. So let's take a look at the most popular mid-sized cities in the country, starting with number 25:

25. Roseville, California

Starting off with number 25 with a population growth rate of 2.0%, we have Roseville, California. The city had a population of 128,397 but was recorded to be 141,500 in 2019. Roseville is the largest city in California’s Placer County and is famous for being a shopping destination with the Westfield Galleria being its main shopping mall.

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24. Killeen, Texas

Ranked as the 5th best place to live in Texas by the U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 edition, Killeen has a growth rate of 2.0%. It had a population of 137,589 in 2014 and grew to 151,666 in 2019. Killeen was noted to be the 21st most populous city in Texas in 2010. It is located in Bell County.

23. Carmel by the Sea, California

Referred to simply as Carmel, the city is on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California and is best known for its scenic view along the Pacific Coast and the Pebble Beach Golf Course. The city has a growth rate of 2.0% with its population growing from 91,569 in 2014 to 101,068 in 2019.

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22. Denton, Texas

The county seat of Denton County, Texas, Denton has a growth rate of 2.0%. Its population grew from 128,217 in 2014 to 141,541 in 2019. It is ranked the 24th most populous city in Texas and the 188th most populous in the United States. The city is mostly known for its music life. Its music festivals attract over 300,000 people each year.

21. Surprise, Arizona

Surprise is located in Maricopa County in Arizona. It is known for Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex which is the largest in the southwest. The city has a growth rate of 2.0%. It had a population of 127,880 in 2014, growing to 141,664 in 2019.

20. Sparks, Nevada

The city had a population of 94,561 in 2014 and 105,006 in 2019, showing a growth rate of 2.1%. It is located in the Washoe County of Nevada. It got its name from the Nevada’s Governor John Sparks. It is the 5th most populous city in Nevada.

19. Richardson, Texas

Richardson is a city in the counties of Collin and Dallas in Texas. It is noted for its large population of Chinese and South Indian Communities. Richardson has a growth rate of 2.1%. Its population grew from 109,134 in 2014 to 121,323 in 2019.

18. Tempe, Arizona

The second city on our list from the Maricopa County in Arizona, Tempe is home to Arizona State University. It is also known for the Tempe Festival of the Arts, which is one of the longest standing in the state. The city has a population growth rate of 2.2% with its population 175,636 in 2014 and 195,805 in 2019.

17. Peoria, Illinois

Peoria has a growth rate of 2.2%. Its population grew from 157,770 in 2014 to 175,961 in 2019. The city is located in Central Illinois. It is a trading and shipping center for livestock, maize and soybeans. Because of its location on the riverfront, the city offers a picturesque view that attracts the more nature oriented individuals.

16. Edinburgh, Texas

The second largest city in Hidalgo County and the third largest city in the larger Rio Grande Valley, Edinburgh has a growth rate of 2.3%. Its population grew from 90,342 in 2014 to 101,170 in 2019. The city has a high rate of crime, with unofficial reports stating a 1 in 360 chance of becoming a victim for the average citizen.

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15. Allen, Texas

Allen has a growth rate of 2.3%. Its population grew from 94,215 in 2014 to 105,623 in 2019. It is located in Collin County, Texas. Its most famous landmark is the Old Stone Dam which was built in 1874. The city is a favorable place to live because of its highly rated public school system.

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14. Clovis, California

Clovis is located in the Fresno County of California. It is known as the Gateway to the Sierras as it lies at the foot of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. The city has a growth rate of 2.4% as its population grew from 101,904 in 2014 to 114,586 in 2019.

13. Midland, Texas

Midland has a growth rate of 2.6%. Its population grew from 128,352 in 2014 to 146,038 in 2019. It is located on western Texas’s Southern Plains. It is home to the largest oil production in the region, Permian Basin. It is notable for being the hometown of Laura Bush. It has also been one of the homes of George H.W. Bush as well as George W. Bush and Barbara Bush.

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12. College station, Texas

Home to the main campus of Texas A&M University, College Station gets its name from the university’s proximity to a railroad. It is located in the Brazos County of Texas. The city’s growth rate is 2.6% with its population being 103,469 in 2014 and 117,911 in 2019.

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11. League City, Texas

League City has a growth rate of 2.7%. Its population grew from 94,121 in 2014 to 107,535 in 2019. The city is located in the Galveston County in Texas and is known for being one of the safest and cheapest places to live and raise a family in the state as well is in the whole country.

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10. Chico, California

The most populous city in the Butte County in California, Chico has a growth rate of 2.9%. Its population grew from 89,491 in 2014 to 103,301 in 2019. It is nicknamed the “City of Roses”. Chico’s Bidwell Park is noted to be the 13th largest municipal park in the whole country.

9. Pearland, Texas

Situated in the Brazoria County of Texas, Pearland is the third largest city in the Houston area and the second fastest growing in Texas. It has a growth rate of 2.9%. Its population grew from 106,027 in 2014 to 122,460 in 2019. The city is known for its highly rated public schools.

8. Cape Coral, Florida

Cape Coral has a growth rate of 2.9% as its population grew from 168,365 in 2014 to an impressive 194,495 in 2019. The city is located in Lee County in Florida. It is one of the more affordable places to live in the United State. Its cost of living is noted to be 4% lower than the national average.

7. Port St. Lucie, Florida

One of the safest cities to live, Port St. Lucie is situated on the southern coast of Florida. Homesnacks.com rated it as being the fourth safest mid-sized city in the United States. It has the third best property crime rate and the ninth best violent crime rate in 2019. The city has a growth rate of 3.2%. Its population rose from 172,669 in 2014 to an impressive 210,846 in 2019.

6. Round Rock, Texas

Round Rock has a growth rate of 3.4% as its population grew from 112,665 in 2014 to 133,372 in 2019. The city is situated in Williamson County in the state of Texas. The city is referred to as being one of the safest in the country, with an award winning park system and school district.

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