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 Texas 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 Lone Star State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Texas for 2019 according to the most recent census data:
If you happen to be a resident of Fulshear, 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 Texas are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Lone Star 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 348 Texas 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 Lone Star 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]
Fulshear is a city in northwest Fort Bend County, Texas within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. The population was 1,134 at the 2010 census, up from 716 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 5,886. In May 2017, Fulshear was listed the richest small town in Texas on MSN.com.
Selma is a city in Bexar, Comal, and Guadalupe counties in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 5,540 at the 2010 census, up from 788 at the 2000 census. The estimated population in 2015 was 9,108.
Buda is a city in Hays County, Texas, United States. The population was 7,343 residents in 2010. Buda is part of the Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos metropolitan statistical area and one of Austin’s fastest growing suburbs.
Cibolo is a city in Guadalupe and Bexar counties, Texas, United States. It is part of the San Antonio-New Braunfels Metropolitan Statistical Area. Cibolo voted to become an independent township on October 9, 1965. As of the 2010 census, Cibolo had a population of 15,349, up from 3,035 at the 2000 census. In 2015, the estimated population was 26,637. In 2016, the estimated population was 27,855.
Melissa is a city in Collin County, Texas, United States. The population was 4,695 at the 2010 census, up from 1,350 at the 2000 census.
Hutto is a city in Williamson County, Texas, United States. It is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. The population was 14,698 at the 2010 census.
Bee Cave is a city located in Travis County, and within the United States state of Texas. The population was estimated at 6,535 as of 2016.
These Places Grew Up So Fast In Texas, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Texas are led by Fulshear 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):
- Mineral Wells
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