These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Florida


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Jacksonville and Miami, while others want peace and quiet like in Valparaiso and Lake Alfred, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Florida have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Sunshine State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. Sweetwater
  2. Marianna
  3. Doral
  4. Groveland
  5. St. Cloud
  6. Winter Garden
  7. Parkland
  8. Homestead
  9. Palm Springs
  10. Clermont

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Florida are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Sunshine State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 214 Florida cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Sunshine State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:
[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Sweetwater


Population 2014: 20,562
Population 2010: 13,599
Growth Rate: 51.2%
Absolute Growth: 6,963

2. Marianna

Marianna, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,548
Population 2010: 6,172
Growth Rate: 38.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,376

3. Doral

Doral, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,363
Population 2010: 41,148
Growth Rate: 19.96%
Absolute Growth: 8,215

4. Groveland

Groveland, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,381
Population 2010: 7,935
Growth Rate: 18.22%
Absolute Growth: 1,446

5. St. Cloud

St. Cloud, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,685
Population 2010: 33,742
Growth Rate: 17.61%
Absolute Growth: 5,943

6. Winter Garden

Winter Garden, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,826
Population 2010: 31,480
Growth Rate: 16.98%
Absolute Growth: 5,346

7. Parkland

Parkland, Florida

Source: Flickr

Population: 25,895
Population 2010: 22,442
Growth Rate: 15.39%
Absolute Growth: 3,453

8. Homestead

Homestead, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,459
Population 2010: 55,090
Growth Rate: 15.19%
Absolute Growth: 8,369

9. Palm Springs


Population 2014: 21,302
Population 2010: 18,668
Growth Rate: 14.11%
Absolute Growth: 2,634

10. Clermont

Clermont, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,582
Population 2010: 26,141
Growth Rate: 13.16%
Absolute Growth: 3,441

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Florida

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Sweetwater 1 20,562 13,599 6,963 51.2%
Marianna 2 8,548 6,172 2,376 38.5%
Doral 3 49,363 41,148 8,215 20.0%
Groveland 4 9,381 7,935 1,446 18.2%
St. Cloud 5 39,685 33,742 5,943 17.6%
Winter Garden 6 36,826 31,480 5,346 17.0%
Parkland 7 25,895 22,442 3,453 15.4%
Homestead 8 63,459 55,090 8,369 15.2%
Palm Springs 9 21,302 18,668 2,634 14.1%
Clermont 10 29,582 26,141 3,441 13.2%
Miramar 11 128,414 113,707 14,707 12.9%
North Port 12 58,584 51,985 6,599 12.7%
Apopka 13 44,462 39,482 4,980 12.6%
Ocoee 14 38,340 34,134 4,206 12.3%
West Melbourne 15 19,208 17,170 2,038 11.9%
Cooper City 16 32,058 28,657 3,401 11.9%
Florida City 17 11,853 10,605 1,248 11.8%
Cutler Bay 18 42,573 38,409 4,164 10.8%
Royal Palm Beach 19 35,482 32,209 3,273 10.2%
Wellington 20 59,022 53,751 5,271 9.8%
Oviedo 21 35,602 32,439 3,163 9.8%
Palm Coast 22 77,779 70,916 6,863 9.7%
Crestview 23 22,099 20,175 1,924 9.5%
Aventura 24 36,979 33,772 3,207 9.5%
Minneola 25 9,849 9,003 846 9.4%
Port St. Lucie 26 169,260 155,004 14,256 9.2%
Sunny Isles Beach 27 21,583 19,779 1,804 9.1%
Jupiter 28 57,625 52,854 4,771 9.0%
Miami Lakes 29 30,396 28,082 2,314 8.2%
Cape Coral 30 161,804 149,787 12,017 8.0%
Wildwood 31 6,782 6,285 497 7.9%
Coconut Creek 32 55,590 51,540 4,050 7.9%
Lake Mary 33 14,605 13,553 1,052 7.8%
Weston 34 67,567 62,747 4,820 7.7%
Lynn Haven 35 19,049 17,712 1,337 7.5%
Mascotte 36 5,197 4,835 362 7.5%
Sanford 37 55,296 51,446 3,850 7.5%
Newberry 38 5,185 4,828 357 7.4%
Palm Beach Gardens 39 50,147 46,712 3,435 7.4%
Coral Gables 40 49,319 45,955 3,364 7.3%
Haines City 41 21,207 19,795 1,412 7.1%
St. Augustine Beach 42 6,422 5,995 427 7.1%
Orlando 43 250,224 233,707 16,517 7.1%
Bonita Springs 44 46,384 43,353 3,031 7.0%
Surfside 45 5,927 5,548 379 6.8%
Kissimmee 46 63,392 59,339 4,053 6.8%
Hialeah Gardens 47 22,660 21,226 1,434 6.8%
Alachua 48 9,291 8,708 583 6.7%
Key Biscayne 49 12,774 11,982 792 6.6%
Miami 50 416,432 391,458 24,974 6.4%
Orange City 51 10,968 10,316 652 6.3%
Fort Myers 52 66,167 62,362 3,805 6.1%
Greenacres 53 38,444 36,261 2,183 6.0%
High Springs 54 5,499 5,189 310 6.0%
Niceville 55 13,562 12,809 753 5.9%
Sebastian 56 22,485 21,238 1,247 5.9%
Winter Haven 57 35,070 33,127 1,943 5.9%
North Bay Village 58 7,453 7,049 404 5.7%
Pembroke Park 59 6,220 5,888 332 5.6%
Lake Wales 60 14,665 13,884 781 5.6%
Davie 61 95,721 90,648 5,073 5.6%
Zephyrhills 62 14,041 13,315 726 5.5%
Deland 63 27,872 26,444 1,428 5.4%
South Miami 64 12,036 11,427 609 5.3%
Milton 65 9,149 8,699 450 5.2%
Bay Harbor Islands 66 5,847 5,564 283 5.1%
Fellsmere 67 5,312 5,059 253 5.0%
Opa-Locka 68 15,867 15,113 754 5.0%
Pembroke Pines 69 159,920 152,366 7,554 5.0%
Miami Gardens 70 110,867 105,642 5,225 4.9%
Tallahassee 71 185,395 176,843 8,552 4.8%
Tavares 72 14,343 13,682 661 4.8%
Plant City 73 35,866 34,219 1,647 4.8%
Tampa 74 348,934 333,327 15,607 4.7%
West Palm Beach 75 102,283 97,798 4,485 4.6%
Lantana 76 10,822 10,348 474 4.6%
Panama City Beach 77 11,884 11,364 520 4.6%
Tamarac 78 62,478 59,796 2,682 4.5%
West Miami 79 6,197 5,934 263 4.4%
Auburndale 80 13,979 13,391 588 4.4%
Lake Alfred 81 5,136 4,921 215 4.4%
Destin 82 12,840 12,307 533 4.3%
St. Augustine 83 13,440 12,899 541 4.2%
Hallandale Beach 84 38,270 36,754 1,516 4.1%
Boynton Beach 85 70,355 67,581 2,774 4.1%
North Miami Beach 86 43,028 41,358 1,670 4.0%
Plantation 87 88,486 85,096 3,390 4.0%
Rockledge 88 25,477 24,503 974 4.0%
Sunrise 89 88,391 85,074 3,317 3.9%
Leesburg 90 20,915 20,138 777 3.9%
Southwest Ranches 91 7,583 7,302 281 3.8%
Dania Beach 92 30,531 29,408 1,123 3.8%
North Lauderdale 93 42,354 40,822 1,532 3.8%
Palm Bay 94 104,342 100,644 3,698 3.7%
Miami Springs 95 14,255 13,751 504 3.7%
Boca Raton 96 88,187 85,084 3,103 3.6%
Hialeah 97 232,311 224,277 8,034 3.6%
Temple Terrace 98 25,098 24,232 866 3.6%
Lauderdale Lakes 99 33,710 32,547 1,163 3.6%
Fernandina Beach 100 11,851 11,445 406 3.5%
Miami Beach 101 90,669 87,585 3,084 3.5%
Palmetto Bay 102 24,214 23,409 805 3.4%
Lakeland 103 99,942 96,623 3,319 3.4%
Maitland 104 16,273 15,742 531 3.4%
Coral Springs 105 125,150 121,116 4,034 3.3%
North Miami 106 60,756 58,810 1,946 3.3%
Belle Isle 107 6,265 6,072 193 3.2%
Key West 108 25,187 24,413 774 3.2%
Jacksonville 109 837,533 811,833 25,700 3.2%
Pinecrest 110 18,914 18,337 577 3.1%
Tarpon Springs 111 23,789 23,071 718 3.1%
Bartow 112 17,766 17,230 536 3.1%
Port Orange 113 57,218 55,497 1,721 3.1%
Green Cove Springs 114 6,984 6,774 210 3.1%
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 115 6,241 6,060 181 3.0%
Lauderhill 116 69,082 67,127 1,955 2.9%
Islamorada 117 6,318 6,142 176 2.9%
Delray Beach 118 62,828 61,088 1,740 2.8%
Pompano Beach 119 103,234 100,417 2,817 2.8%
Oldsmar 120 13,730 13,356 374 2.8%
Hollywood 121 145,128 141,249 3,879 2.7%
Deerfield Beach 122 77,341 75,276 2,065 2.7%
Quincy 123 8,022 7,811 211 2.7%
Oakland Park 124 42,795 41,734 1,061 2.5%
Punta Gorda 125 16,984 16,570 414 2.5%
Margate 126 54,929 53,600 1,329 2.5%
West Park 127 14,604 14,261 343 2.4%
Mount Dora 128 12,663 12,367 296 2.4%
Fort Lauderdale 129 171,137 167,276 3,861 2.3%
Pahokee 130 5,941 5,809 132 2.3%
Pinellas Park 131 49,874 48,775 1,099 2.3%
Lighthouse Point 132 10,693 10,458 235 2.2%
Gulf Breeze 133 5,984 5,858 126 2.2%
Miami Shores 134 10,736 10,513 223 2.1%
Sanibel 135 6,761 6,622 139 2.1%
Venice 136 21,121 20,687 434 2.1%
Marco Island 137 16,921 16,584 337 2.0%
Tequesta 138 5,756 5,642 114 2.0%
New Smyrna Beach 139 22,993 22,540 453 2.0%
Arcadia 140 7,647 7,497 150 2.0%
Winter Park 141 28,771 28,211 560 2.0%
Riviera Beach 142 33,123 32,487 636 2.0%
Deltona 143 85,765 84,166 1,599 1.9%
Live Oak 144 6,927 6,801 126 1.9%
Jacksonville Beach 145 21,822 21,434 388 1.8%
Gainesville 146 126,465 124,271 2,194 1.8%
Debary 147 19,404 19,068 336 1.8%
Macclenny 148 6,387 6,279 108 1.7%
Fort Walton Beach 149 20,320 19,985 335 1.7%
Stuart 150 15,850 15,589 261 1.7%
Largo 151 78,391 77,115 1,276 1.7%
Longboat Key 152 7,003 6,896 107 1.6%
Ocala 153 56,918 56,051 867 1.5%
Lake Worth 154 35,903 35,409 494 1.4%
Lake Park 155 8,317 8,208 109 1.3%
Eustis 156 18,920 18,689 231 1.2%
Springfield 157 9,095 8,985 110 1.2%
Winter Springs 158 33,673 33,283 390 1.2%
St. Petersburg 159 248,429 245,715 2,714 1.1%
Clearwater 160 109,210 108,044 1,166 1.1%
Casselberry 161 26,520 26,239 281 1.1%
Seminole 162 17,477 17,294 183 1.1%
North Palm Beach 163 12,272 12,153 119 1.0%
Wilton Manors 164 11,994 11,878 116 1.0%
Clewiston 165 7,184 7,122 62 0.9%
Belle Glade 166 17,785 17,659 126 0.7%
Melbourne 167 77,216 76,725 491 0.6%
Fort Meade 168 5,745 5,709 36 0.6%
Fort Pierce 169 42,744 42,478 266 0.6%
Cape Canaveral 170 9,960 9,904 56 0.6%
Safety Harbor 171 17,017 16,934 83 0.5%
Bradenton 172 50,777 50,533 244 0.5%
Lady Lake 173 14,138 14,074 64 0.5%
Callaway 174 14,617 14,552 65 0.4%
Dunedin 175 35,538 35,408 130 0.4%
Marathon 176 8,529 8,498 31 0.4%
Sarasota 177 52,986 52,877 109 0.2%
Titusville 178 44,032 43,999 33 0.1%
Edgewater 179 20,879 20,866 13 0.1%
Fort Myers Beach 180 6,539 6,536 3 0.0%
Palmetto 181 12,856 12,852 4 0.0%
Ormond Beach 182 38,502 38,648 -146 -0.4%
Gulfport 183 12,102 12,158 -56 -0.5%
Altamonte Springs 184 41,889 42,131 -242 -0.6%
Perry 185 7,040 7,083 -43 -0.6%
Pensacola 186 52,505 52,903 -398 -0.8%
St. Pete Beach 187 9,408 9,494 -86 -0.9%
Naples 188 20,214 20,405 -191 -0.9%
Atlantic Beach 189 12,840 12,967 -127 -1.0%
Avon Park 190 8,874 8,965 -91 -1.0%
Panama City 191 36,405 36,795 -390 -1.1%
Cocoa 192 17,261 17,451 -190 -1.1%
Indian Harbour Beach 193 8,254 8,363 -109 -1.3%
Treasure Island 194 6,749 6,847 -98 -1.4%
Inverness 195 7,205 7,320 -115 -1.6%
Daytona Beach 196 61,913 62,905 -992 -1.6%
Vero Beach 197 15,577 15,866 -289 -1.8%
Longwood 198 13,776 14,039 -263 -1.9%
Palatka 199 10,464 10,664 -200 -1.9%
Sebring 200 10,356 10,560 -204 -1.9%
Brooksville 201 7,725 7,884 -159 -2.0%
Lake City 202 12,059 12,309 -250 -2.0%
Okeechobee 203 5,581 5,709 -128 -2.2%
Dade City 204 6,548 6,707 -159 -2.4%
Holly Hill 205 11,680 11,996 -316 -2.6%
Orange Park 206 8,472 8,717 -245 -2.8%
Satellite Beach 207 10,262 10,583 -321 -3.0%
New Port Richey 208 15,063 15,554 -491 -3.2%
Cocoa Beach 209 11,287 11,678 -391 -3.3%
Starke 210 5,404 5,595 -191 -3.4%
Palm Beach 211 8,344 8,675 -331 -3.8%
South Daytona 212 12,265 12,771 -506 -4.0%
Valparaiso 213 5,109 5,346 -237 -4.4%
Neptune Beach 214 6,733 7,050 -317 -4.5%

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