Fastest Growing Cities In Texas For 2020


We used data and science to determine the places in Texas everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Texas.

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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 Houston and San Antonio, while others want peace and quiet like in Giddings and Livingston, 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 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Texas for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Fulshear ranks as the fastest growing city in Texas. 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Texas or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Texas state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Texas For 2020

Fulshear, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 8,014
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 813
Percent Growth 885.7%
Absolute Growth: 7,201
More on Fulshear: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Prosper, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 19,103
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 8,173
Percent Growth 133.7%
Absolute Growth: 10,930
More on Prosper: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Selma, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,895
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 4,367
Percent Growth 126.6%
Absolute Growth: 5,528
More on Selma: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 14,503
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,492
Percent Growth 123.4%
Absolute Growth: 8,011
More on Buda: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Fate, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,705
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 5,422
Percent Growth 115.9%
Absolute Growth: 6,283
More on Fate: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Cibolo, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 27,963
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 13,037
Percent Growth 114.5%
Absolute Growth: 14,926
More on Cibolo: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,492
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,163
Percent Growth 104.0%
Absolute Growth: 4,329
More on Melissa: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Leander, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 46,419
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 23,295
Percent Growth 99.3%
Absolute Growth: 23,124
More on Leander: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Leander is a city in Williamson and Travis counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 26,521 at the 2010 census. The population was 37,889 at the 2016 census estimate It is the fourth fastest-growing city in the state of Texas, a suburb just north of Austin, and is part of the Greater Austin metropolitan area.

Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 10,857
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 5,481
Percent Growth 98.1%
Absolute Growth: 5,376
More on Fair Oaks Ranch: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Fair Oaks Ranch is a city in Bexar, Comal, and Kendall counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 5,986 at the 2010 census. It is part of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Manor, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,595
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 4,383
Percent Growth 96.1%
Absolute Growth: 4,212
More on Manor: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Manor is a city in Travis County, Texas, United States. Manor is located 12 miles northeast of Austin and is part of the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area. The population was 5,037 at the 2010 census. Manor is one of the faster-growing suburbs of Austin.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Lone Star State for 2020

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 351 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]

Here's a graph of the cities in Texas with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Texas Graph For 2020

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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):

  1. Gatesville
  2. Mineral Wells
  3. Livingston

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Texas For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Fulshear 885.7% 8,014 813
2 Prosper 133.7% 19,103 8,173
3 Selma 126.6% 9,895 4,367
4 Buda 123.4% 14,503 6,492
5 Fate 115.9% 11,705 5,422
6 Cibolo 114.5% 27,963 13,037
7 Melissa 104.0% 8,492 4,163
8 Leander 99.3% 46,419 23,295
9 Fair Oaks Ranch 98.1% 10,857 5,481
10 Manor 96.1% 8,595 4,383

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About Chris Kolmar

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