These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Florida For 2018


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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 South Bay 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 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Sweetwater
  2. Marianna (Photos)
  3. Groveland (Photos)
  4. St. Cloud (Photos)
  5. Doral (Photos)
  6. Palm Springs
  7. Parkland
  8. Winter Garden (Photos)
  9. Ocoee (Photos)
  10. Cooper City

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.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 216 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 2016 – 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


Population: 20,718
Population 2010: 13,599
Growth Rate: 52.35%
Absolute Growth: 7,119

2. Marianna

Marianna, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,157
Population 2010: 6,172
Growth Rate: 48.36%
Absolute Growth: 2,985

3. Groveland

Groveland, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,643
Population 2010: 7,935
Growth Rate: 34.13%
Absolute Growth: 2,708

4. St. Cloud

St. Cloud, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,198
Population 2010: 33,742
Growth Rate: 30.99%
Absolute Growth: 10,456

5. Doral

Doral, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 53,426
Population 2010: 41,148
Growth Rate: 29.84%
Absolute Growth: 12,278

6. Palm Springs


Population: 23,592
Population 2010: 18,668
Growth Rate: 26.38%
Absolute Growth: 4,924

7. Parkland

Parkland, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,354
Population 2010: 22,442
Growth Rate: 26.34%
Absolute Growth: 5,912

8. Winter Garden

Winter Garden, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,219
Population 2010: 31,480
Growth Rate: 24.58%
Absolute Growth: 7,739

9. Ocoee

Ocoee, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,393
Population 2010: 34,134
Growth Rate: 21.27%
Absolute Growth: 7,259

10. Cooper City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 34,364
Population 2010: 28,657
Growth Rate: 19.91%
Absolute Growth: 5,707

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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Florida

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Sweetwater 1 20,718 13,599 7,119 52.3%
Marianna 2 9,157 6,172 2,985 48.4%
Groveland 3 10,643 7,935 2,708 34.1%
St. Cloud 4 44,198 33,742 10,456 31.0%
Doral 5 53,426 41,148 12,278 29.8%
Palm Springs 6 23,592 18,668 4,924 26.4%
Parkland 7 28,354 22,442 5,912 26.3%
Winter Garden 8 39,219 31,480 7,739 24.6%
Ocoee 9 41,393 34,134 7,259 21.3%
Cooper City 10 34,364 28,657 5,707 19.9%
Clermont 11 31,171 26,141 5,030 19.2%
Homestead 12 65,688 55,090 10,598 19.2%
Apopka 13 47,023 39,482 7,541 19.1%
West Melbourne 14 20,207 17,170 3,037 17.7%
Miramar 15 133,741 113,707 20,034 17.6%
North Port 16 60,871 51,985 8,886 17.1%
Oviedo 17 37,545 32,439 5,106 15.7%
Minneola 18 10,371 9,003 1,368 15.2%
Bonita Springs 19 49,807 43,353 6,454 14.9%
Jupiter 20 60,597 52,854 7,743 14.6%
Cutler Bay 21 44,002 38,409 5,593 14.6%
Royal Palm Beach 22 36,829 32,209 4,620 14.3%
Lake Mary 23 15,478 13,553 1,925 14.2%
Wellington 24 61,371 53,751 7,620 14.2%
Palm Coast 25 80,948 70,916 10,032 14.1%
Fort Myers 26 71,051 62,362 8,689 13.9%
Florida City 27 12,076 10,605 1,471 13.9%
Crestview 28 22,941 20,175 2,766 13.7%
Cape Coral 29 170,063 149,787 20,276 13.5%
Port St. Lucie 30 175,652 155,004 20,648 13.3%
Orlando 31 263,306 233,707 29,599 12.7%
Kissimmee 32 66,840 59,339 7,501 12.6%
Avon Park 33 10,052 8,965 1,087 12.1%
West Miami 34 6,652 5,934 718 12.1%
Newberry 35 5,410 4,828 582 12.1%
Coconut Creek 36 57,731 51,540 6,191 12.0%
St. Augustine Beach 37 6,710 5,995 715 11.9%
Haines City 38 22,138 19,795 2,343 11.8%
Niceville 39 14,325 12,809 1,516 11.8%
Lynn Haven 40 19,799 17,712 2,087 11.8%
North Bay Village 41 7,861 7,049 812 11.5%
Deland 42 29,442 26,444 2,998 11.3%
Aventura 43 37,515 33,772 3,743 11.1%
Palm Beach Gardens 44 51,865 46,712 5,153 11.0%
Sunny Isles Beach 45 21,937 19,779 2,158 10.9%
Sanford 46 57,039 51,446 5,593 10.9%
Winter Haven 47 36,669 33,127 3,542 10.7%
Mascotte 48 5,350 4,835 515 10.7%
Miami 49 432,622 391,458 41,164 10.5%
Sebastian 50 23,432 21,238 2,194 10.3%
Hialeah Gardens 51 23,351 21,226 2,125 10.0%
Coral Gables 52 50,533 45,955 4,578 10.0%
Miami Lakes 53 30,833 28,082 2,751 9.8%
Weston 54 68,893 62,747 6,146 9.8%
Alachua 55 9,553 8,708 845 9.7%
Lake Wales 56 15,206 13,884 1,322 9.5%
High Springs 57 5,678 5,189 489 9.4%
Tavares 58 14,965 13,682 1,283 9.4%
Auburndale 59 14,638 13,391 1,247 9.3%
New Smyrna Beach 60 24,574 22,540 2,034 9.0%
Davie 61 98,717 90,648 8,069 8.9%
Lake Alfred 62 5,353 4,921 432 8.8%
Milton 63 9,462 8,699 763 8.8%
Zephyrhills 64 14,454 13,315 1,139 8.6%
Panama City Beach 65 12,333 11,364 969 8.5%
Tampa 66 361,477 333,327 28,150 8.4%
Destin 67 13,312 12,307 1,005 8.2%
Pembroke Pines 68 164,753 152,366 12,387 8.1%
Greenacres 69 39,190 36,261 2,929 8.1%
Key Biscayne 70 12,935 11,982 953 8.0%
Orange City 71 11,127 10,316 811 7.9%
Wildwood 72 6,776 6,285 491 7.8%
Boca Raton 73 91,702 85,084 6,618 7.8%
Belle Isle 74 6,542 6,072 470 7.7%
Boynton Beach 75 72,748 67,581 5,167 7.6%
Plant City 76 36,830 34,219 2,611 7.6%
St. Augustine 77 13,867 12,899 968 7.5%
Opa-Locka 78 16,245 15,113 1,132 7.5%
Maitland 79 16,911 15,742 1,169 7.4%
Bartow 80 18,501 17,230 1,271 7.4%
West Palm Beach 81 104,978 97,798 7,180 7.3%
Fellsmere 82 5,424 5,059 365 7.2%
Sunrise 83 91,177 85,074 6,103 7.2%
Leesburg 84 21,570 20,138 1,432 7.1%
Punta Gorda 85 17,721 16,570 1,151 6.9%
South Miami 86 12,207 11,427 780 6.8%
Plantation 87 90,878 85,096 5,782 6.8%
Belle Glade 88 18,855 17,659 1,196 6.8%
Mount Dora 89 13,204 12,367 837 6.8%
Rockledge 90 26,144 24,503 1,641 6.7%
Key West 91 26,039 24,413 1,626 6.7%
Tamarac 92 63,747 59,796 3,951 6.6%
Tallahassee 93 188,466 176,843 11,623 6.6%
Miami Gardens 94 112,514 105,642 6,872 6.5%
Delray Beach 95 65,044 61,088 3,956 6.5%
Lantana 96 11,016 10,348 668 6.5%
Sanibel 97 7,044 6,622 422 6.4%
Green Cove Springs 98 7,205 6,774 431 6.4%
Lakeland 99 102,714 96,623 6,091 6.3%
Pembroke Park 100 6,259 5,888 371 6.3%
Fort Walton Beach 101 21,238 19,985 1,253 6.3%
Fernandina Beach 102 12,156 11,445 711 6.2%
Southwest Ranches 103 7,745 7,302 443 6.1%
Hallandale Beach 104 38,951 36,754 2,197 6.0%
Gulf Breeze 105 6,205 5,858 347 5.9%
Port Orange 106 58,780 55,497 3,283 5.9%
Palm Bay 107 106,573 100,644 5,929 5.9%
Temple Terrace 108 25,654 24,232 1,422 5.9%
Bay Harbor Islands 109 5,885 5,564 321 5.8%
North Miami Beach 110 43,722 41,358 2,364 5.7%
North Miami 111 62,158 58,810 3,348 5.7%
Dania Beach 112 31,046 29,408 1,638 5.6%
Pompano Beach 113 106,004 100,417 5,587 5.6%
North Lauderdale 114 43,087 40,822 2,265 5.5%
Jacksonville 115 856,616 811,833 44,783 5.5%
Lauderdale Lakes 116 34,321 32,547 1,774 5.5%
Coral Springs 117 127,673 121,116 6,557 5.4%
South Bay 118 5,026 4,772 254 5.3%
Ormond Beach 119 40,686 38,648 2,038 5.3%
Eustis 120 19,661 18,689 972 5.2%
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea 121 6,375 6,060 315 5.2%
Pinecrest 122 19,272 18,337 935 5.1%
Tarpon Springs 123 24,244 23,071 1,173 5.1%
Jacksonville Beach 124 22,519 21,434 1,085 5.1%
Hialeah 125 235,626 224,277 11,349 5.1%
Venice 126 21,722 20,687 1,035 5.0%
Oldsmar 127 14,023 13,356 667 5.0%
Lauderhill 128 70,452 67,127 3,325 5.0%
Miami Springs 129 14,430 13,751 679 4.9%
Margate 130 56,245 53,600 2,645 4.9%
Hollywood 131 148,114 141,249 6,865 4.9%
Bradenton 132 52,985 50,533 2,452 4.9%
Miami Beach 133 91,784 87,585 4,199 4.8%
Palmetto Bay 134 24,522 23,409 1,113 4.8%
Surfside 135 5,810 5,548 262 4.7%
Winter Park 136 29,543 28,211 1,332 4.7%
Fort Lauderdale 137 175,153 167,276 7,877 4.7%
Marco Island 138 17,361 16,584 777 4.7%
Lighthouse Point 139 10,946 10,458 488 4.7%
Largo 140 80,678 77,115 3,563 4.6%
Oakland Park 141 43,660 41,734 1,926 4.6%
Deerfield Beach 142 78,642 75,276 3,366 4.5%
Pinellas Park 143 50,946 48,775 2,171 4.5%
West Park 144 14,884 14,261 623 4.4%
Tequesta 145 5,873 5,642 231 4.1%
Fort Myers Beach 146 6,801 6,536 265 4.1%
Lake Worth 147 36,838 35,409 1,429 4.0%
Stuart 148 16,204 15,589 615 3.9%
Deltona 149 87,387 84,166 3,221 3.8%
Longboat Key 150 7,158 6,896 262 3.8%
Springfield 151 9,318 8,985 333 3.7%
Riviera Beach 152 33,683 32,487 1,196 3.7%
Pahokee 153 6,022 5,809 213 3.7%
Debary 154 19,761 19,068 693 3.6%
Seminole 155 17,906 17,294 612 3.5%
North Palm Beach 156 12,581 12,153 428 3.5%
Arcadia 157 7,761 7,497 264 3.5%
Gainesville 158 128,610 124,271 4,339 3.5%
Winter Springs 159 34,439 33,283 1,156 3.5%
Clearwater 160 111,747 108,044 3,703 3.4%
Fort Pierce 161 43,883 42,478 1,405 3.3%
Wilton Manors 162 12,270 11,878 392 3.3%
Ocala 163 57,873 56,051 1,822 3.3%
St. Petersburg 164 253,585 245,715 7,870 3.2%
Clewiston 165 7,343 7,122 221 3.1%
Fort Meade 166 5,883 5,709 174 3.0%
Lady Lake 167 14,501 14,074 427 3.0%
Lake Park 168 8,457 8,208 249 3.0%
Sarasota 169 54,425 52,877 1,548 2.9%
Melbourne 170 78,911 76,725 2,186 2.8%
Naples 171 20,980 20,405 575 2.8%
Macclenny 172 6,451 6,279 172 2.7%
Callaway 173 14,942 14,552 390 2.7%
Miami Shores 174 10,772 10,513 259 2.5%
Marathon 175 8,701 8,498 203 2.4%
Palmetto 176 13,138 12,852 286 2.2%
Cape Canaveral 177 10,116 9,904 212 2.1%
Edgewater 178 21,306 20,866 440 2.1%
Safety Harbor 179 17,268 16,934 334 2.0%
Daytona Beach 180 64,105 62,905 1,200 1.9%
Kenneth City 181 5,048 4,955 93 1.9%
Live Oak 182 6,921 6,801 120 1.8%
Titusville 183 44,746 43,999 747 1.7%
Casselberry 184 26,649 26,239 410 1.6%
Dunedin 185 35,882 35,408 474 1.3%
Vero Beach 186 16,070 15,866 204 1.3%
Dade City 187 6,782 6,707 75 1.1%
Altamonte Springs 188 42,557 42,131 426 1.0%
Atlantic Beach 189 13,089 12,967 122 0.9%
Pensacola 190 53,250 52,903 347 0.7%
Cocoa 191 17,558 17,451 107 0.6%
Longwood 192 14,117 14,039 78 0.6%
Gulfport 193 12,222 12,158 64 0.5%
St. Pete Beach 194 9,528 9,494 34 0.4%
Indian Harbour Beach 195 8,381 8,363 18 0.2%
South Pasadena 196 5,040 5,040 0 0.0%
Treasure Island 197 6,827 6,847 -20 -0.3%
New Port Richey 198 15,503 15,554 -51 -0.3%
Panama City 199 36,654 36,795 -141 -0.4%
Perry 200 7,039 7,083 -44 -0.6%
Satellite Beach 201 10,495 10,583 -88 -0.8%
Quincy 202 7,743 7,811 -68 -0.9%
Brooksville 203 7,814 7,884 -70 -0.9%
Sebring 204 10,423 10,560 -137 -1.3%
Orange Park 205 8,603 8,717 -114 -1.3%
Holly Hill 206 11,839 11,996 -157 -1.3%
Lake City 207 12,137 12,309 -172 -1.4%
Inverness 208 7,204 7,320 -116 -1.6%
Cocoa Beach 209 11,466 11,678 -212 -1.8%
Palm Beach 210 8,501 8,675 -174 -2.0%
Okeechobee 211 5,582 5,709 -127 -2.2%
South Daytona 212 12,470 12,771 -301 -2.4%
Palatka 213 10,407 10,664 -257 -2.4%
Neptune Beach 214 6,817 7,050 -233 -3.3%
Starke 215 5,398 5,595 -197 -3.5%
Valparaiso 216 5,084 5,346 -262 -4.9%

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