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:
- Sweetwater (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Groveland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- St. Cloud (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Doral (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fruitland Park (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Palm Springs (Homes For Sale)
- Winter Garden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Parkland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ocoee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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]
3. St. Cloud
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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