These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In America For 2019


We looked at the most recent Census data and compared it to the 2010 to determine the fastest growing big cities in the US.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our third time ranking the fastest growing cities in America.

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One could argue home prices are the best single metric for determining how great a place is — that whole supply and demand thing.

But, just like happiness, money can’t tell you everything about how great a place is. Instead, look at cities with people kicking down doors to get a chance to live there.

We are, of course, talking about the fastest growing cities in America. These hot pockets of demand that you better snatch up while still possible.

For reference, America’s annual population growth rate during this time period was .75% good for 4.5% overall, so anything over that grew really fast.

What’s the fastest growing city in America for 2019? Well look at that — Frisco is the fastest growing large city in America according to the most recent Census data.

In fact, it seems like people have been listening to our rankings as many of the best places in each state are in the top ten here.

So maybe that whole price of houses thing might eventually correlate with city growth as it seems to have done in Frisco. Guess I should have moved there instead of Durham 6 years ago.

To see exactly how we calculated these rankings, read on. Or if you’re not looking to move where all the cool kids are going, check out:

How We Determined The Fastest Growing Cities in The US for 2019

Fastest Growing Cities In America Graph
There are a couple of ways to measure how fast a city is growing:

  1. % Change Year Over Year
  2. % Change This Decade
  3. Absolute change in population

We went with option two for this analysis — how much have these cities grown since 2010 through the end of 2017 (The most recently available data from the American Community Survey).

We also limited the analysis to the 292 cities in America over 100,000 people — you know, because cities are big.

We looked at the percentage change in the population from 2010 until 2017 for each city using the classic formula:

((B – A) / A) * 100

We then ranked each city from largest change to smallest change. Frisco, the fastest growing city, had a 50.6% increase in population. Detroit actually had a population loss of 50.607%, good for the worst in America. I guess it just didn’t want to break double digits.

Here’s a look at the top ten fastest growing major cities in America for 2019.

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In America For 2019

Frisco, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population Now: 155,363
Population 2010: 103,158
Absolute Change: 52,205
Percent Change: 50.6%
More on Frisco: PhotosData

Proving the basic concepts of economics, Frisco shows that the fastest growing city in the US costs a bunch to live in also — it’s the richest city in the country according to our data.

In terms of population growth, 41% growth in a 6 year period comes out to a 5.89% compound annual growth rate. That’s about 8x faster than the US as a whole.

Kent, WA

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population Now: 126,561
Population 2010: 89,446
Absolute Change: 37,115
Percent Change: 41.5%
More on Kent: PhotosData

Well, I’ve never heard of Kent until now, but apparently it’s a happening place on the west coast. With a popoulation increase of over 40%, it has to be pretty sweet.

That growth puts it at about 8x the US average too.

Mckinney, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now: 164,760
Population 2010: 118,652
Absolute Change: 46,108
Percent Change: 38.9%
More on Mckinney: PhotosData

There’s a pretty big drop between the 2nd and 3rd fastest growing cities as McKinney has ‘only’ had a 32% growth. That’s still good for 6.5x the American average.

Pearland, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now: 113,693
Population 2010: 82,748
Absolute Change: 30,945
Percent Change: 37.4%
More on Pearland: PhotosData

It’s at this point that you’ll begin to realize that Texas dominates the top ten. Pearland ranks as the fourth fastest growing large city in America and is the smallest in the top ten.

In fact, Pearland wouldn’t have even had enough people to qualify for the 100,000 person threshold in 2010 — it broke that mark for the first time in 2015.

New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population Now: 388,182
Population 2010: 295,285
Absolute Change: 92,897
Percent Change: 31.5%
More on New Orleans: PhotosData

New Orleans is the largest city in the top ten by a wide margin.

Good food, jobs, and awesome things to do make New Orleans a great place to call home as its growth rate will attest.

Irvine, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population Now: 256,877
Population 2010: 199,117
Absolute Change: 57,760
Percent Change: 29.0%
More on Irvine: PhotosData

California makes an appearance for the first time with Irvine coming in at the 6th spot.

I would have expected more California cities on the list, but I guess population growth in earlier in the 2000s set the bar too high. Irvine added almost 48k people in this frame.

Cary, NC

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population Now: 159,715
Population 2010: 127,587
Absolute Change: 32,128
Percent Change: 25.2%
More on Cary: PhotosData

Apparently, if I had done my homework, I would have moved to Cary instead of Durham 5 years ago — it is showing up in basically every list we do this year.

Known in these parts as the Concentrated Area of Relocated Yankees, it had 22% growth over this stretch of time.

Round Rock, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population Now: 116,369
Population 2010: 93,092
Absolute Change: 23,277
Percent Change: 25.0%
More on Round Rock: PhotosData

Heading back to Texas, Round Rock rocks out in the ninth spot.

Along with Pearland, it only recently broke the 100k population threshold — 2012 to be exact.

Surprise, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population Now: 129,534
Population 2010: 103,767
Absolute Change: 25,767
Percent Change: 24.8%
More on Surprise: PhotosData

In a surprise to no living in Surprise, Surprise, AZ ranks as the 7th fastest growing city in America for 2019.

23% population growth is unsurprising for one of Arizona’s up and coming cities.

Murfreesboro, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population Now: 126,188
Population 2010: 102,602
Absolute Change: 23,586
Percent Change: 23.0%
More on Murfreesboro: PhotosData

And concluding the top ten fastest growing cities in the US is Murfreesboro, TN.

The first city from the South to make the list, it jumped into the top ten for the first time this year.

There You Have It — The Fastest Growing Big Cities in America

After measuring the populations of every major city in America for both now and 2010, we are left with Frisco as the fastest growing city in the US.

My plan now? Go buy a home in a small city ranked like 20-30. I’m sure they are going to be getting much more popular in the years to come.

And for those playing at home, here’s a look at the slowest growing cities in America:

  1. Detroit
  2. Cleveland
  3. Toledo

For more reading, check out:

Fastest Growing Big Cities In The US For 2019

Rank City % Change Population Population 2010
1 Frisco, TX 50.6% 155,363 103,158
2 Kent, WA 41.5% 126,561 89,446
3 Mckinney, TX 38.9% 164,760 118,652
4 Pearland, TX 37.4% 113,693 82,748
5 New Orleans, LA 31.5% 388,182 295,285
6 Irvine, CA 29.0% 256,877 199,117
7 Cary, NC 25.2% 159,715 127,587
8 Round Rock, TX 25.0% 116,369 93,092
9 Surprise, AZ 24.8% 129,534 103,767
10 Murfreesboro, TN 23.0% 126,188 102,602
11 Midland, TX 22.1% 131,286 107,559
12 Santa Clarita, CA 21.6% 209,489 172,253
13 College Station, TX 21.4% 107,445 88,541
14 Denton, TX 20.1% 131,097 109,192
15 Austin, TX 20.0% 916,906 764,129
16 Miramar, FL 20.0% 136,415 113,707
17 Gilbert, AZ 19.0% 232,176 195,046
18 Odessa, TX 18.7% 115,930 97,666
19 Fort Worth, TX 18.4% 835,129 705,349
20 Thornton, CO 17.7% 132,310 112,374
21 Elk Grove, CA 17.7% 166,228 141,200
22 Raleigh, NC 17.4% 449,477 382,729
23 Denver, CO 17.4% 678,467 578,087
24 Clarksville, TN 17.1% 147,771 126,148
25 Killeen, TX 17.0% 140,513 120,052
26 Charlotte, NC 17.0% 826,060 705,896
27 Durham, NC 16.8% 257,232 220,324
28 Bellevue, WA 16.4% 139,014 119,454
29 Hillsboro, OR 16.2% 102,396 88,125
30 Cape Coral, FL 16.0% 173,679 149,787
31 Alexandria, VA 15.8% 154,710 133,647
32 Seattle, WA 15.6% 688,245 595,240
33 Temecula, CA 15.5% 110,722 95,829
34 Port St. Lucie, FL 15.3% 178,778 155,004
35 Orlando, FL 15.3% 269,414 233,707
36 Fargo, ND 15.2% 118,099 102,527
37 Washington, DC 15.1% 672,391 584,400
38 Murrieta, CA 15.0% 110,043 95,668
39 Chula Vista, CA 15.0% 264,101 229,614
40 North Las Vegas, NV 14.9% 234,389 203,951
41 Roseville, CA 14.8% 130,705 113,820
42 Clovis, CA 14.5% 104,411 91,166
43 Sioux Falls, SD 14.5% 170,401 148,848
44 North Charleston, SC 14.5% 108,186 94,524
45 Henderson, NV 14.3% 284,817 249,250
46 Sandy Springs, GA 14.2% 103,703 90,826
47 Richardson, TX 13.9% 111,055 97,507
48 Grand Prairie, TX 13.8% 188,664 165,776
49 Aurora, CO 13.8% 357,323 314,092
50 Omaha, NE 13.7% 463,081 407,334
51 Fort Collins, CO 13.6% 159,150 140,082
52 West Jordan, UT 13.5% 111,937 98,622
53 Carlsbad, CA 13.4% 113,147 99,753
54 Columbia, MO 13.4% 118,620 104,620
55 San Antonio, TX 13.3% 1,461,623 1,290,196
56 Miami, FL 13.2% 443,007 391,458
57 Laredo, TX 12.9% 255,305 226,229
58 Charleston, SC 12.8% 131,204 116,347
59 Victorville, CA 12.6% 121,721 108,088
60 Atlanta, GA 12.5% 465,230 413,462
61 Bakersfield, CA 12.3% 372,680 331,868
62 Irving, TX 12.2% 235,648 210,025
63 Broken Arrow, OK 12.1% 106,264 94,755
64 Davie, FL 12.0% 101,543 90,648
65 Oklahoma City, OK 11.6% 629,191 563,571
66 Lewisville, TX 11.5% 103,638 92,939
67 Carrollton, TX 11.5% 131,240 117,712
68 Colorado Springs, CO 11.4% 450,000 403,983
69 Mcallen, TX 11.3% 139,838 125,590
70 Nashville, TN 11.3% 654,187 587,790
71 Lubbock, TX 11.3% 247,323 222,272
72 Olathe, KS 11.3% 134,368 120,774
73 Portland, OR 11.2% 630,331 566,686
74 Sunnyvale, CA 11.1% 151,565 136,480
75 Boston, MA 11.0% 669,158 602,609
76 Hayward, CA 10.9% 156,917 141,498
77 Santa Clara, CA 10.8% 124,635 112,466
78 Santa Maria, CA 10.7% 104,791 94,645
79 Norman, OK 10.7% 119,820 108,265
80 Columbus, OH 10.6% 852,144 770,407
81 Greeley, CO 10.6% 100,760 91,115
82 San Jose, CA 10.6% 1,023,031 925,300
83 Tampa, FL 10.4% 368,087 333,327
84 Fremont, CA 10.4% 230,964 209,235
85 Antioch, CA 10.3% 110,026 99,717
86 Wilmington, NC 10.1% 115,261 104,730
87 Arvada, CO 9.9% 115,320 104,885
88 Plano, TX 9.9% 281,566 256,099
89 Berkeley, CA 9.8% 120,179 109,408
90 Houston, TX 9.6% 2,267,336 2,068,026
91 Lincoln, NE 9.6% 277,315 253,035
92 San Francisco, CA 9.5% 864,263 789,172
93 Dallas, TX 9.5% 1,300,122 1,187,285
94 Boulder, CO 9.5% 106,271 97,050
95 Richmond, VA 9.4% 220,892 201,828
96 Scottsdale, AZ 9.4% 239,283 218,770
97 Jersey City, NJ 9.3% 265,932 243,257
98 Fontana, CA 9.3% 207,086 189,466
99 Pembroke Pines, FL 9.3% 166,530 152,366
100 San Mateo, CA 9.2% 103,500 94,751

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