Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?
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:
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.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Sunshine State for 2019
To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Current Population
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to Current (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:
[Current Population – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
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 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.
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.
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.
Parkland is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States.
Parkland is known for its zoning laws, which are designed to protect the “park-like” character of the city. Initially, there were no stores or traffic lights in Parkland, though this began to change in the mid 1990s and early 2000s with the additions of large neighborhood developments including Heron Bay and Parkland Isles.
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.
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”.
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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!
These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):
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