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

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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

Sweetwater, Florida

Source: Public domain

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

Marianna, Florida

Population: 9,157
Population 2010: 6,172
Growth Rate: 48.36%
Absolute Growth: 2,985
More on Marianna: Homes For Sale | Data
Marianna is a city in Jackson County, Florida, United States. The population was 6,230 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Jackson County and is home to Chipola College. The official nickname of Marianna is ‘The City of Southern Charm.’

3. Groveland

Groveland, Florida

Population: 10,643
Population 2010: 7,935
Growth Rate: 34.13%
Absolute Growth: 2,708
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4. St. Cloud

St. Cloud, Florida

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

5. Doral

Doral, Florida

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

6. Palm Springs


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

Parkland, Florida

Population: 28,354
Population 2010: 22,442
Growth Rate: 26.34%
Absolute Growth: 5,912
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8. Winter Garden

Winter Garden, Florida

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

Ocoee, Florida

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

Cooper City, Florida

Population: 34,364
Population 2010: 28,657
Growth Rate: 19.91%
Absolute Growth: 5,707
More on Cooper City: Homes For Sale | Data

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%

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