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Top 25 Fastest Growing Large Cities in the US

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

The world population is growing at an alarming rate. According to research, the population of the world today is 1,860-times the size of what it was 12 millennia ago. In just the last 200 years, the global population has multiplied, growing from just 1 billion in 1800 to 7.7 billion alive today in 2020.

The reasons for this incredible increase in world population has been discussed at length by various researchers over time. Thomas McKeown, a British physician, epidemiologist and historian of medicine, pointed out possible reasons for this in his controversial thesis titled “The Modern Rise of Population” (1976). He claimed that this surge was not so much an effect of increased fertility, but more of a decrease in mortality. The reasons he cited were increase in nutrition and standard of living, claiming that increased health reforms and vaccines had nothing to do with the growth in population. Other researchers have cited better medical facilities and agricultural advancements as the reasons for an increase in population today. Whatever the causes, the reality is that now there are more people alive in the world than there ever were before in history.

Today, the top 5 most populous countries in the world are China, India, United States, Indonesia, and Brazil. The United States comes third on the list, with a population of 329 million people. Despite being one of the top most populous countries in the world, the percentage increase in population of the United States is not very high. With a population growth rate of 0.35 percent, the nation does not appear in the first 100 entries when ranked with other countries of the world with regards to growth rate. In fact, according to recent figures released by the United States Census Bureau in December 2020, the population growth of America is the smallest it has been since the last 120 years at least. Demographers have stated that this drop may be indicative of just how much the country has been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

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top 25 fastest growing large cities in the US

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In this article, we will look at the population growth of cities in the United States over the past ten years to see which are growing at the fastest rate. Some of these cities are well known for being economic hotspots while others are just now starting to gain momentum. All cities have a total population of 50,000 or more, giving them the title of “large” cities.

We have used data collected by the United States Census Bureau as our source and have ranked the cities with regards to the percent change in their population over a 10-year period. Let us look at the 25 fastest growing large cities in the US, starting with number 25.

25. Milpitas, California

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 26.0

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 17,376

Part of the booming global center Silicon Valley, the city of Milpitas is home to several top tech companies of the world. Headquarters of famous companies in the technology sector like SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK) and FireEye Inc (NASDAQ: FEYE) are established in this city, making it a very desirable place to live for those interested in working within the technology field.

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24. Cape Coral, Florida

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 26.0

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 40,186

This relatively new town has been steadily experiencing population growth since its establishment in 1970. Reasons for this growth may be attributed to the ongoing developments in property building as well as the beautiful scenery and healthy job market.

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23. Broomfield, Colorado

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 26.1

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 14,604

According to a list released by popular ranking website Niche, the city of Broomfield was named as one of the best places to live in America for 2019. It is also regarded as a city with wealthy residents, and considered one of the safest places to live in Colorado.

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22. Mansfield, Texas

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 27.8

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 15,765

This suburban town in the big state of Texas is a great option for those looking to live in an affordable neighborhood a little away from the city. Being just a half hour away from the more bustling Dallas/Fort Worth area, many residents prefer to live in Mansfield and commute to their jobs in the city because of cheaper housing.

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The University of Texas at Austin (UT)

21. League City, Texas

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 28.7

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 23,952

Located between the larger cities of Galveston and Houston, League City is known for its leisure lifestyle. It was also ranked among the top ten smartest cities in America with regards to high school graduation rate.

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San Antonio Fastest Growing Cities In America

20. Lake Elsinore, California

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 30.0

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 15,970

Famous for water sports activities like wind surfing, boat riding, water skiing, and fishing, Lake Elsinore is a popular attraction for adventurers year-round. It also has a great mild climate most of the year as well as a short distance from epicenters like Orange County and Los Angeles.

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19. Bend, Oregon

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 31.0

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 23,761

Bend, Oregon gets many visitors all throughout the year because of the amazing views of the Cascade Mountains as well as for its famous ski resorts and hiking trails. It is regarded as a desirable yet expensive place to live, with great quality schools.

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18. Midland, Texas

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 31.3

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 34,845

This average-sized city is at the center of the Permian Basin, a large area owned by XTO Energy Inc. (NYSE: XTO) known for natural gas and oil production. Despite having a crime rate of 22.52 percent, Midland is still on the list of the fastest growing large cities in the US.

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Fort Worth, Texas

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17. Pearland, Texas

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 31.5

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 29,343

Only 15 miles from Houston, Pearland is becoming an increasingly popular choice for residents. The city boasts excellent cost of living with many restaurants, stores, and cultural events.

Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas in America in 2015
Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas in America in 2015

16. Redmond, Washington

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 32.0

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 17,418

Despite being regarded as a fairly expensive city, Redmond, Washington is a very desirable place to live in. An interesting fact about the city is that it is the home of world-famous tech companies Nintendo and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT).

15. Franklin, Tennessee

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 32.8

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 20,528

Franklin, Tennessee is named after one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin. It is home to many historical attractions including the Carter House, Carnton Plantation, and the site of the 1864 Battle of Franklin.

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States with the Best Roads in America

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14. Goodyear, Arizona

K Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 33.1

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 21,579

A suburb of the more bustling city Phoenix, Goodyear is known for having a low cost of living. It is also quite famous for its professional sporting grounds, such as the Goodyear Ballpark where the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians baseball teams are known to train.

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13. Round Rock, Texas

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 33.3

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 33,351

Round Rock, Texas boasts a very good school system, with the Texas Education Agency naming their school system as one of the best in the state. It is also famous for having the headquarters of Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE: DELL).

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12. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 34.1

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 23,324

Most residents in Mount Pleasant own their own homes, and is known for being a very safe community within South Carolina. It is located just East of Charleston.

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11. Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 34.6

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 37,781

This city near Nashville was ranked on Time Magazine's list of Top 20 Best Places to Live in America. It is also home to Tennessee’s largest undergraduate university, Middle Tennessee State University.

10. Irvine, California

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 35.5

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020:75,294

The FBI has named Irvine, California as one of the safest cities in the country consistently for the past 12 years- making it a very desirable place to live. Its safety and pretty landscape easily make it one of the fastest growing cities in the US.

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9. Conroe, Texas

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 39.3

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 25,687

Conroe, Texas is a suburban city within Texas. Not far from Houston, the city is known for gaining its early profits due to oil and lumber industries.

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8. Fort Meyers, Florida

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 39.8

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 24,798

A fast-growing city within the sunshine state, Fort Meyers is known for its beautiful shelling beaches and historical estates. Many choose to move here after retirement.

Fastest Growing Cities in America in 2015
Fastest Growing Cities in America in 2015

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7. Cedar Park, Texas

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 44.2

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 24,345

Cedar Park is most famous for being an epicenter of various business, including those in the biotech, software, and aerospace industries.

6. Meridian, Idaho

Percent change from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 48.3

Number of people increased from April 1st, 2010 to July 1st, 2020: 37, 175

The third largest city in Idaho is among the most desirable places to live in the US. Many attribute the high growth rate to the city's admirable balance between cost of living and quality of life.

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