These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Florida For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the 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 Kenneth City and South Pasadena, 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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Florida for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Sweetwater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Groveland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. St. Cloud (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Doral (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Fruitland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Palm Springs (Homes For Sale)
  7. Winter Garden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Parkland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Ocoee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Apopka (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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

If you’re surprised–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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Florida or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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 2017 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Florida with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in florida

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1. Sweetwater

Sweetwater, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 20,989
Population 2010: 13,599
Growth Rate: 54.34%
Absolute Growth: 7,390
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2. Groveland

Groveland, Florida

Population: 11,461
Population 2010: 7,935
Growth Rate: 44.44%
Absolute Growth: 3,526
More on Groveland: Homes For Sale | Data

3. St. Cloud

St. Cloud, Florida

Population: 46,624
Population 2010: 33,742
Growth Rate: 38.18%
Absolute Growth: 12,882
More on St. Cloud: Homes For Sale | Data
St. Cloud is a city in northern Osceola County, Florida, United States. It is located on the southern shore of East Lake Tohopekaliga in Central Florida, approximately 26 miles (41.8 km) southeast of Orlando. The city population was 35,183 in the 2010 census, and 40,918 in the 2013 census estimate. The city is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford metropolitan area.

4. Doral

Doral, Florida

Population: 56,276
Population 2010: 41,148
Growth Rate: 36.76%
Absolute Growth: 15,128
More on Doral: Homes For Sale | Data
Doral is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. One of thirty-four municipalities in the county, it is located just one mile from Miami International Airport and thirteen miles from Downtown Miami. The city regularly hosts in excess of 100,000 people who work in Miami. The City of Doral occupies a land area of 15 square miles bordered on the west by the Ronald Reagan Turnpike, to the north by the Town of Medley, to the east by the Palmetto Expressway and to the South by the City of Sweetwater.

5. Fruitland Park

Fruitland Park, Florida

Population: 5,429
Population 2010: 4,062
Growth Rate: 33.65%
Absolute Growth: 1,367
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6. Palm Springs


Population: 24,455
Population 2010: 18,668
Growth Rate: 31.0%
Absolute Growth: 5,787
More on Palm Springs: Homes For Sale | Data
Palm Springs is a village in Palm Beach County, Florida, United States, situated between Greenacres, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Worth, and West Palm Beach. As of the 2010 United States Census, had a population of 18,928. It is a minor city of the Miami metropolitan area, which was home to an estimated 6,012,331 people at the 2015 census.

7. Winter Garden

Winter Garden, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 40,799
Population 2010: 31,480
Growth Rate: 29.6%
Absolute Growth: 9,319
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8. Parkland

Parkland, Florida

Population: 28,901
Population 2010: 22,442
Growth Rate: 28.78%
Absolute Growth: 6,459
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9. Ocoee

Ocoee, Florida

Population: 43,194
Population 2010: 34,134
Growth Rate: 26.54%
Absolute Growth: 9,060
More on Ocoee: Homes For Sale | Data
Ocoee is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 35,579. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.

10. Apopka

Apopka, Florida

Population: 48,682
Population 2010: 39,482
Growth Rate: 23.3%
Absolute Growth: 9,200
More on Apopka: Homes For Sale | Data
Apopka is a city in Orange County, Florida. The city’s population was 41,542 at the 2010 census, up from 26,969 at the 2000 U.S. Census. It is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area. Apopka comes from Seminole word “Ahapopka” for “Potato eating place”. Apopka is often referred to as the “Indoor Foliage Capital of the World”.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Florida are led by Sweetwater which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Florida

Rank City Pop 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Sweetwater 20,989 13,599 7,390 54.3%
2 Groveland 11,461 7,935 3,526 44.4%
3 St. Cloud 46,624 33,742 12,882 38.2%
4 Doral 56,276 41,148 15,128 36.8%
5 Fruitland Park 5,429 4,062 1,367 33.7%
6 Palm Springs 24,455 18,668 5,787 31.0%
7 Winter Garden 40,799 31,480 9,319 29.6%
8 Parkland 28,901 22,442 6,459 28.8%
9 Ocoee 43,194 34,134 9,060 26.5%
10 Apopka 48,682 39,482 9,200 23.3%
11 Clermont 32,217 26,141 6,076 23.2%
12 Cooper City 35,081 28,657 6,424 22.4%
13 Homestead 67,354 55,090 12,264 22.3%
14 West Melbourne 20,768 17,170 3,598 21.0%
15 North Port 62,542 51,985 10,557 20.3%
16 Miramar 136,415 113,707 22,708 20.0%
17 Bonita Springs 51,890 43,353 8,537 19.7%
18 Marianna 7,360 6,172 1,188 19.2%
19 Oviedo 38,655 32,439 6,216 19.2%
20 West Miami 7,046 5,934 1,112 18.7%
21 Fort Myers 73,712 62,362 11,350 18.2%
22 Minneola 10,634 9,003 1,631 18.1%
23 Jupiter 62,373 52,854 9,519 18.0%
24 Lake Mary 15,886 13,553 2,333 17.2%
25 Royal Palm Beach 37,665 32,209 5,456 16.9%
26 Wellington 62,796 53,751 9,045 16.8%
27 Winter Haven 38,663 33,127 5,536 16.7%
28 Cutler Bay 44,721 38,409 6,312 16.4%
29 Newberry 5,615 4,828 787 16.3%
30 Palm Coast 82,356 70,916 11,440 16.1%
31 Cape Coral 173,679 149,787 23,892 16.0%
32 Port St. Lucie 178,778 155,004 23,774 15.3%
33 Haines City 22,826 19,795 3,031 15.3%
34 Orlando 269,414 233,707 35,707 15.3%
35 Kissimmee 68,176 59,339 8,837 14.9%
36 Crestview 23,159 20,175 2,984 14.8%
37 Coconut Creek 59,154 51,540 7,614 14.8%
38 Niceville 14,697 12,809 1,888 14.7%
39 Deland 30,315 26,444 3,871 14.6%
40 North Bay Village 8,076 7,049 1,027 14.6%
41 Florida City 12,149 10,605 1,544 14.6%
42 Tavares 15,636 13,682 1,954 14.3%
43 Palm Beach Gardens 53,119 46,712 6,407 13.7%
44 Lynn Haven 20,095 17,712 2,383 13.5%
45 Avon Park 10,152 8,965 1,187 13.2%
46 Miami 443,007 391,458 51,549 13.2%
47 St. Augustine Beach 6,783 5,995 788 13.1%
48 Sanford 57,979 51,446 6,533 12.7%
49 Sebastian 23,923 21,238 2,685 12.6%
50 Punta Gorda 18,656 16,570 2,086 12.6%
51 Mascotte 5,442 4,835 607 12.6%
52 Hialeah Gardens 23,834 21,226 2,608 12.3%
53 Aventura 37,875 33,772 4,103 12.1%
54 Sunny Isles Beach 22,175 19,779 2,396 12.1%
55 Davie 101,543 90,648 10,895 12.0%
56 Auburndale 14,958 13,391 1,567 11.7%
57 Lake Alfred 5,490 4,921 569 11.6%
58 New Smyrna Beach 25,103 22,540 2,563 11.4%
59 Weston 69,802 62,747 7,055 11.2%
60 Alachua 9,676 8,708 968 11.1%
61 High Springs 5,764 5,189 575 11.1%
62 Lake Wales 15,401 13,884 1,517 10.9%
63 Coral Gables 50,909 45,955 4,954 10.8%
64 Miami Lakes 31,032 28,082 2,950 10.5%
65 Boca Raton 93,964 85,084 8,880 10.4%
66 Tampa 368,087 333,327 34,760 10.4%
67 Pembroke Park 6,491 5,888 603 10.2%
68 Boynton Beach 74,483 67,581 6,902 10.2%
69 Belle Isle 6,686 6,072 614 10.1%
70 Fellsmere 5,569 5,059 510 10.1%
71 Orange City 11,348 10,316 1,032 10.0%
72 Milton 9,564 8,699 865 9.9%
73 Greenacres 39,827 36,261 3,566 9.8%
74 Zephyrhills 14,608 13,315 1,293 9.7%
75 Panama City Beach 12,461 11,364 1,097 9.7%
76 Plant City 37,459 34,219 3,240 9.5%
77 Pembroke Pines 166,530 152,366 14,164 9.3%
78 West Palm Beach 106,805 97,798 9,007 9.2%
79 Key Biscayne 13,074 11,982 1,092 9.1%
80 Destin 13,421 12,307 1,114 9.1%
81 Delray Beach 66,453 61,088 5,365 8.8%
82 Port Orange 60,315 55,497 4,818 8.7%
83 Lantana 11,240 10,348 892 8.6%
84 Belle Glade 19,175 17,659 1,516 8.6%
85 Bartow 18,705 17,230 1,475 8.6%
86 Leesburg 21,853 20,138 1,715 8.5%
87 Sunrise 92,272 85,074 7,198 8.5%
88 Green Cove Springs 7,345 6,774 571 8.4%
89 Maitland 17,066 15,742 1,324 8.4%
90 Plantation 92,126 85,096 7,030 8.3%
91 St. Augustine 13,952 12,899 1,053 8.2%
92 Rockledge 26,497 24,503 1,994 8.1%
93 Mount Dora 13,350 12,367 983 7.9%
94 Lakeland 104,165 96,623 7,542 7.8%
95 Sanibel 7,128 6,622 506 7.6%
96 Tamarac 64,262 59,796 4,466 7.5%
97 Coral Springs 130,110 121,116 8,994 7.4%
98 Venice 22,192 20,687 1,505 7.3%
99 South Miami 12,255 11,427 828 7.2%
100 Dania Beach 31,526 29,408 2,118 7.2%

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