These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Texas 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 Houston and San Antonio, while others want peace and quiet like in Granite Shoals and Mathis, 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 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Selma (Photos)
  2. Cibolo
  3. Prosper
  4. Buda (Photos)
  5. Hutto (Photos)
  6. Bee Cave
  7. Fate (Photos)
  8. Melissa (Photos)
  9. Manor (Photos)
  10. Little Elm (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Selma, 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.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Lone Star 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 344 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:

[Population 2016 – 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

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1. Selma

Selma, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,866
Population 2010: 4,367
Growth Rate: 103.02%
Absolute Growth: 4,499

2. Cibolo


Population: 25,256
Population 2010: 13,037
Growth Rate: 93.73%
Absolute Growth: 12,219

3. Prosper


Population: 15,236
Population 2010: 8,173
Growth Rate: 86.42%
Absolute Growth: 7,063

4. Buda

Buda, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,936
Population 2010: 6,492
Growth Rate: 83.86%
Absolute Growth: 5,444

5. Hutto

Hutto, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,241
Population 2010: 12,306
Growth Rate: 72.61%
Absolute Growth: 8,935

6. Bee Cave

Bee Cave, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,802
Population 2010: 3,391
Growth Rate: 71.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,411

7. Fate

Fate, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,234
Population 2010: 5,422
Growth Rate: 70.31%
Absolute Growth: 3,812

8. Melissa

Melissa, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,844
Population 2010: 4,163
Growth Rate: 64.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,681

9. Manor

Manor, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,145
Population 2010: 4,383
Growth Rate: 63.02%
Absolute Growth: 2,762

10. Little Elm

Little Elm, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,553
Population 2010: 22,200
Growth Rate: 60.15%
Absolute Growth: 13,353

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Texas are led by Selma 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 Texas

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Selma 1 8,866 4,367 4,499 103.0%
Cibolo 2 25,256 13,037 12,219 93.7%
Prosper 3 15,236 8,173 7,063 86.4%
Buda 4 11,936 6,492 5,444 83.9%
Hutto 5 21,241 12,306 8,935 72.6%
Bee Cave 6 5,802 3,391 2,411 71.1%
Fate 7 9,234 5,422 3,812 70.3%
Melissa 8 6,844 4,163 2,681 64.4%
Manor 9 7,145 4,383 2,762 63.0%
Little Elm 10 35,553 22,200 13,353 60.1%
Fair Oaks Ranch 11 8,582 5,481 3,101 56.6%
Leander 12 36,204 23,295 12,909 55.4%
Manvel 13 7,402 4,810 2,592 53.9%
Anna 14 10,335 7,198 3,137 43.6%
Kyle 15 34,080 24,062 10,018 41.6%
Cedar Park 16 63,551 44,887 18,664 41.6%
Frisco 17 145,646 103,158 42,488 41.2%
Conroe 18 74,482 53,270 21,212 39.8%
Trophy Club 19 10,987 8,042 2,945 36.6%
Lucas 20 6,585 4,863 1,722 35.4%
Boerne 21 13,066 9,664 3,402 35.2%
Georgetown 22 59,436 44,109 15,327 34.7%
San Marcos 23 57,743 43,282 14,461 33.4%
Schertz 24 37,597 28,423 9,174 32.3%
Mckinney 25 156,821 118,652 38,169 32.2%
Horizon City 26 19,142 14,567 4,575 31.4%
Princeton 27 8,278 6,301 1,977 31.4%
Murphy 28 20,015 15,259 4,756 31.2%
Pflugerville 29 55,712 42,767 12,945 30.3%
Midlothian 30 21,530 16,587 4,943 29.8%
Alton 31 15,581 12,054 3,527 29.3%
Celina 32 7,236 5,603 1,633 29.1%
Pearland 33 106,238 82,748 23,490 28.4%
Forney 34 16,842 13,161 3,681 28.0%
Royse City 35 10,532 8,242 2,290 27.8%
Lakeway 36 13,662 10,726 2,936 27.4%
Hidalgo 37 13,449 10,564 2,885 27.3%
Sachse 38 23,329 18,399 4,930 26.8%
Roanoke 39 7,055 5,578 1,477 26.5%
Sunnyvale 40 5,871 4,647 1,224 26.3%
Fairview 41 8,235 6,521 1,714 26.3%
Converse 42 21,169 16,953 4,216 24.9%
Katy 43 16,632 13,372 3,260 24.4%
Cuero 44 8,429 6,779 1,650 24.3%
Andrews 45 13,087 10,526 2,561 24.3%
New Braunfels 46 67,097 54,072 13,025 24.1%
Mansfield 47 63,141 50,941 12,200 23.9%
League City 48 94,976 76,764 18,212 23.7%
Wylie 49 45,655 37,079 8,576 23.1%
Burleson 50 41,962 34,172 7,790 22.8%
Helotes 51 8,329 6,818 1,511 22.2%
Allen 52 94,710 77,843 16,867 21.7%
Crowley 53 14,453 11,895 2,558 21.5%
Heath 54 7,992 6,593 1,399 21.2%
Lindale 55 5,488 4,528 960 21.2%
Round Rock 56 112,767 93,092 19,675 21.1%
Hempstead 57 6,727 5,560 1,167 21.0%
Live Oak 58 15,021 12,423 2,598 20.9%
Midland 59 128,051 107,559 20,492 19.1%
Rosenberg 60 34,908 29,344 5,564 19.0%
Austin 61 907,779 764,129 143,650 18.8%
Rockwall 62 41,672 35,094 6,578 18.7%
Keller 63 44,250 37,403 6,847 18.3%
Los Fresnos 64 6,376 5,391 985 18.3%
College Station 65 104,684 88,541 16,143 18.2%
Prairie View 66 6,209 5,254 955 18.2%
Denton 67 128,421 109,192 19,229 17.6%
Saginaw 68 21,680 18,458 3,222 17.5%
Red Oak 69 11,663 9,932 1,731 17.4%
Odessa 70 114,258 97,666 16,592 17.0%
Rockport 71 10,197 8,717 1,480 17.0%
Addison 72 15,363 13,146 2,217 16.9%
Weatherford 73 28,284 24,227 4,057 16.7%
Granbury 74 9,052 7,758 1,294 16.7%
The Colony 75 40,757 34,947 5,810 16.6%
Seminole 76 7,239 6,223 1,016 16.3%
Edinburg 77 84,399 72,611 11,788 16.2%
Elsa 78 6,542 5,639 903 16.0%
Fort Worth 79 815,930 705,349 110,581 15.7%
Hutchins 80 5,644 4,881 763 15.6%
Killeen 81 138,745 120,052 18,693 15.6%
Stephenville 82 19,561 16,940 2,621 15.5%
Harker Heights 83 28,716 24,877 3,839 15.4%
Kilgore 84 14,658 12,706 1,952 15.4%
Waxahachie 85 32,536 28,276 4,260 15.1%
Sanger 86 7,595 6,623 972 14.7%
Mission 87 82,200 71,760 10,440 14.5%
Willis 88 6,217 5,428 789 14.5%
Farmers Branch 89 32,211 28,161 4,050 14.4%
Pleasanton 90 10,120 8,863 1,257 14.2%
Glenn Heights 91 11,958 10,482 1,476 14.1%
Southlake 92 29,101 25,567 3,534 13.8%
Robinson 93 11,344 9,967 1,377 13.8%
Seabrook 94 13,038 11,460 1,578 13.8%
Pharr 95 75,172 66,105 9,067 13.7%
Lago Vista 96 6,505 5,721 784 13.7%
Anthony 97 5,402 4,766 636 13.3%
Weslaco 98 39,021 34,544 4,477 13.0%
Belton 99 20,138 17,845 2,293 12.8%
Bastrop 100 7,909 7,014 895 12.8%
Sugar Land 101 85,681 76,080 9,601 12.6%
Colleyville 102 24,982 22,216 2,766 12.5%
Lancaster 103 38,426 34,186 4,240 12.4%
Kennedale 104 7,413 6,605 808 12.2%
Grand Prairie 105 185,631 165,776 19,855 12.0%
Temple 106 71,138 63,548 7,590 11.9%
Webster 107 11,041 9,863 1,178 11.9%
Cedar Hill 108 47,457 42,447 5,010 11.8%
Seagoville 109 15,701 14,047 1,654 11.8%
Floresville 110 7,154 6,403 751 11.7%
Corinth 111 20,764 18,588 2,176 11.7%
San Antonio 112 1,439,358 1,290,196 149,162 11.6%
Universal City 113 19,733 17,705 2,028 11.5%
Alamo Heights 114 7,814 7,020 794 11.3%
Laredo 115 251,671 226,229 25,442 11.2%
Desoto 116 51,854 46,624 5,230 11.2%
Pearsall 117 9,847 8,859 988 11.2%
Seguin 118 27,543 24,782 2,761 11.1%
Richardson 119 108,350 97,507 10,843 11.1%
Missouri City 120 71,732 64,569 7,163 11.1%
Flower Mound 121 69,966 63,047 6,919 11.0%
Grapevine 122 50,538 45,548 4,990 11.0%
Canyon 123 14,533 13,103 1,430 10.9%
Eagle Pass 124 28,209 25,468 2,741 10.8%
San Juan 125 35,983 32,543 3,440 10.6%
Taylor 126 16,492 14,928 1,564 10.5%
Irving 127 232,013 210,025 21,988 10.5%
Leon Valley 128 10,990 9,950 1,040 10.5%
Mcallen 129 138,475 125,590 12,885 10.3%
Lewisville 130 102,327 92,939 9,388 10.1%
Rowlett 131 59,203 53,788 5,415 10.1%
Friendswood 132 38,272 34,772 3,500 10.1%
Lubbock 133 244,507 222,272 22,235 10.0%
Diboll 134 5,360 4,873 487 10.0%
Balch Springs 135 25,043 22,776 2,267 10.0%
Monahans 136 7,484 6,812 672 9.9%
Carrollton 137 129,266 117,712 11,554 9.8%
North Richland Hills 138 67,994 61,956 6,038 9.7%
Whitehouse 139 8,069 7,355 714 9.7%
Bellaire 140 18,140 16,550 1,590 9.6%
Bryan 141 80,552 73,531 7,021 9.5%
Joshua 142 6,316 5,786 530 9.2%
Kermit 143 6,219 5,701 518 9.1%
Dalhart 144 8,357 7,664 693 9.0%
Plano 145 279,088 256,099 22,989 9.0%
Highland Village 146 16,020 14,702 1,318 9.0%
Tomball 147 11,353 10,435 918 8.8%
Carrizo Springs 148 5,828 5,359 469 8.8%
Lumberton 149 12,306 11,333 973 8.6%
Hewitt 150 14,128 13,021 1,107 8.5%
Houston 151 2,240,582 2,068,026 172,556 8.3%
Progreso 152 5,826 5,379 447 8.3%
Lake Dallas 153 7,575 7,000 575 8.2%
Pecos 154 9,285 8,586 699 8.1%
Windcrest 155 5,709 5,282 427 8.1%
Hitchcock 156 7,464 6,906 558 8.1%
San Angelo 157 98,694 91,385 7,309 8.0%
Commerce 158 8,732 8,098 634 7.8%
El Paso 159 678,058 628,923 49,135 7.8%
Brenham 160 16,535 15,355 1,180 7.7%
Tyler 161 101,946 94,671 7,275 7.7%
Dallas 162 1,278,433 1,187,285 91,148 7.7%
Elgin 163 8,756 8,132 624 7.7%
Brownsville 164 182,110 169,599 12,511 7.4%
Mercedes 165 16,501 15,369 1,132 7.4%
Deer Park 166 33,517 31,242 2,275 7.3%
La Marque 167 15,567 14,540 1,027 7.1%
Terrell 168 16,626 15,540 1,086 7.0%
Huntsville 169 40,432 37,807 2,625 6.9%
Baytown 170 75,310 70,429 4,881 6.9%
Corpus Christi 171 320,050 299,324 20,726 6.9%
Waco 172 130,659 122,212 8,447 6.9%
Victoria 173 66,139 61,900 4,239 6.8%
Arlington 174 383,899 359,410 24,489 6.8%
Alamo 175 19,021 17,816 1,205 6.8%
Euless 176 53,675 50,293 3,382 6.7%
Mount Pleasant 177 16,115 15,110 1,005 6.7%
Socorro 178 32,988 30,975 2,013 6.5%
Big Spring 179 28,295 26,570 1,725 6.5%
Benbrook 180 22,403 21,047 1,356 6.4%
Stafford 181 18,026 16,939 1,087 6.4%
Bridgeport 182 6,277 5,902 375 6.4%
Decatur 183 6,378 5,998 380 6.3%
Liberty 184 8,936 8,405 531 6.3%
White Settlement 185 16,886 15,890 996 6.3%
Terrell Hills 186 5,190 4,885 305 6.2%
Fredericksburg 187 10,997 10,363 634 6.1%
Coppell 188 40,631 38,329 2,302 6.0%
Sealy 189 6,320 5,962 358 6.0%
University Park 190 24,346 22,972 1,374 6.0%
Dickinson 191 19,583 18,494 1,089 5.9%
Perryton 192 9,343 8,827 516 5.8%
Portland 193 16,144 15,257 887 5.8%
Mesquite 194 143,771 135,921 7,850 5.8%
Sherman 195 40,112 37,943 2,169 5.7%
Santa Fe 196 12,839 12,148 691 5.7%
Jersey Village 197 7,871 7,450 421 5.7%
Lampasas 198 7,238 6,855 383 5.6%
Amarillo 199 197,570 187,225 10,345 5.5%
Snyder 200 11,541 10,946 595 5.4%
Fort Stockton 201 8,445 8,015 430 5.4%
Highland Park 202 8,986 8,531 455 5.3%
Garland 203 234,810 222,962 11,848 5.3%
Haltom City 204 43,864 41,682 2,182 5.2%
Dumas 205 14,963 14,222 741 5.2%
Abilene 206 122,612 116,637 5,975 5.1%
Gilmer 207 5,148 4,902 246 5.0%
Watauga 208 24,322 23,195 1,127 4.9%
Duncanville 209 39,599 37,778 1,821 4.8%
West University Place 210 15,318 14,615 703 4.8%
La Porte 211 34,922 33,329 1,593 4.8%
South Houston 212 17,474 16,689 785 4.7%
Post 213 5,369 5,129 240 4.7%
Nacogdoches 214 33,789 32,290 1,499 4.6%
Copperas Cove 215 33,052 31,595 1,457 4.6%
Lockhart 216 13,222 12,656 566 4.5%
Bellmead 217 10,159 9,732 427 4.4%
Texas City 218 46,811 44,851 1,960 4.4%
Everman 219 6,312 6,051 261 4.3%
Gun Barrel City 220 5,920 5,676 244 4.3%
River Oaks 221 7,666 7,351 315 4.3%
Pasadena 222 153,286 147,077 6,209 4.2%
Hurst 223 38,690 37,140 1,550 4.2%
Lacy-Lakeview 224 6,581 6,318 263 4.2%
Lufkin 225 36,112 34,689 1,423 4.1%
Hondo 226 9,071 8,715 356 4.1%
Alvin 227 25,500 24,512 988 4.0%
Woodway 228 8,708 8,371 337 4.0%
Bedford 229 48,864 46,975 1,889 4.0%
Texarkana 230 37,389 35,949 1,440 4.0%
Kirby 231 8,441 8,116 325 4.0%
Humble 232 15,569 14,979 590 3.9%
Rio Grande City 233 14,242 13,728 514 3.7%
Longview 234 82,184 79,229 2,955 3.7%
Sulphur Springs 235 15,896 15,334 562 3.7%
Crystal City 236 7,414 7,155 259 3.6%
Edna 237 5,731 5,533 198 3.6%
Donna 238 16,349 15,792 557 3.5%
Greenville 239 26,303 25,413 890 3.5%
Ennis 240 18,890 18,262 628 3.4%
Kerrville 241 22,926 22,169 757 3.4%
Uvalde 242 16,353 15,820 533 3.4%
Levelland 243 13,872 13,445 427 3.2%
Alpine 244 5,973 5,790 183 3.2%
Galena Park 245 11,119 10,796 323 3.0%
Ingleside 246 9,776 9,502 274 2.9%
Jacksonville 247 14,803 14,393 410 2.8%
Henderson 248 13,587 13,213 374 2.8%
Kaufman 249 6,919 6,731 188 2.8%
Jacinto City 250 10,753 10,466 287 2.7%
Richmond 251 11,939 11,629 310 2.7%
Azle 252 11,054 10,769 285 2.6%
Vidor 253 10,928 10,652 276 2.6%
Luling 254 5,679 5,536 143 2.6%
Cleburne 255 29,759 29,017 742 2.6%
Clute 256 11,370 11,088 282 2.5%
Mcgregor 257 5,042 4,917 125 2.5%
Forest Hill 258 12,774 12,459 315 2.5%
Center 259 5,421 5,288 133 2.5%
Burkburnett 260 11,046 10,786 260 2.4%
Port Arthur 261 54,913 53,676 1,237 2.3%
Brownfield 262 9,716 9,499 217 2.3%
Harlingen 263 65,634 64,186 1,448 2.3%
Richland Hills 264 8,033 7,856 177 2.3%
Del Rio 265 36,007 35,223 784 2.2%
Silsbee 266 6,702 6,561 141 2.1%
Granite Shoals 267 5,001 4,898 103 2.1%
Burnet 268 6,161 6,035 126 2.1%
Angleton 269 19,245 18,852 393 2.1%
Roma 270 10,093 9,894 199 2.0%
Marble Falls 271 6,167 6,046 121 2.0%
Gonzales 272 7,440 7,303 137 1.9%
Port Lavaca 273 12,374 12,147 227 1.9%
Palmview 274 5,644 5,546 98 1.8%
Jasper 275 7,663 7,536 127 1.7%
Wake Village 276 5,481 5,395 86 1.6%
Alice 277 19,439 19,134 305 1.6%
Denison 278 23,080 22,728 352 1.5%
Lake Jackson 279 27,407 26,996 411 1.5%
Pampa 280 18,172 17,903 269 1.5%
Kingsville 281 26,177 25,799 378 1.5%
Beaumont 282 117,729 116,054 1,675 1.4%
White Oak 283 6,374 6,291 83 1.3%
El Campo 284 11,685 11,534 151 1.3%
Raymondville 285 11,165 11,023 142 1.3%
Rusk 286 5,580 5,513 67 1.2%
Athens 287 12,796 12,653 143 1.1%
Mexia 288 7,462 7,380 82 1.1%
Orange 289 19,128 18,919 209 1.1%
Marshall 290 23,651 23,399 252 1.1%
Carthage 291 6,828 6,756 72 1.1%
Wichita Falls 292 105,013 104,066 947 0.9%
Gainesville 293 16,169 16,048 121 0.8%
Iowa Park 294 6,390 6,345 45 0.7%
Cleveland 295 7,879 7,833 46 0.6%
San Benito 296 24,442 24,309 133 0.5%
Navasota 297 7,352 7,314 38 0.5%
Muleshoe 298 5,076 5,054 22 0.4%
Keene 299 6,147 6,137 10 0.2%
Graham 300 8,826 8,814 12 0.1%
Slaton 301 6,068 6,060 8 0.1%
Bridge City 302 7,964 7,961 3 0.0%
Lamesa 303 9,367 9,367 0 0.0%
Hereford 304 15,086 15,096 -10 -0.1%
Sweetwater 305 10,765 10,782 -17 -0.2%
Brady 306 5,482 5,495 -13 -0.2%
Corsicana 307 23,923 24,003 -80 -0.3%
Freeport 308 12,122 12,183 -61 -0.5%
Robstown 309 11,622 11,688 -66 -0.6%
Bay City 310 17,558 17,671 -113 -0.6%
La Feria 311 7,241 7,305 -64 -0.9%
Wharton 312 8,773 8,852 -79 -0.9%
Beeville 313 13,209 13,344 -135 -1.0%
Sinton 314 5,701 5,762 -61 -1.1%
Palestine 315 18,456 18,656 -200 -1.1%
Galveston 316 49,443 49,990 -547 -1.1%
Port Isabel 317 5,015 5,072 -57 -1.1%
Gladewater 318 6,407 6,483 -76 -1.2%
Groves 319 15,798 15,988 -190 -1.2%
Aransas Pass 320 8,180 8,281 -101 -1.2%
Port Neches 321 12,794 12,967 -173 -1.3%
Paris 322 24,936 25,274 -338 -1.3%
Nederland 323 17,132 17,385 -253 -1.5%
Atlanta 324 5,615 5,698 -83 -1.5%
Borger 325 13,001 13,218 -217 -1.6%
Bonham 326 10,040 10,208 -168 -1.6%
Mathis 327 5,003 5,092 -89 -1.7%
Hillsboro 328 8,358 8,514 -156 -1.8%
Brownwood 329 19,081 19,442 -361 -1.9%
Childress 330 6,093 6,246 -153 -2.4%
Vernon 331 10,761 11,037 -276 -2.5%
Breckenridge 332 5,573 5,739 -166 -2.9%
Plainview 333 21,365 22,019 -654 -3.0%
Littlefield 334 6,178 6,400 -222 -3.5%
Cameron 335 5,457 5,655 -198 -3.5%
Dayton 336 7,494 7,798 -304 -3.9%
Bowie 337 5,115 5,329 -214 -4.0%
Rockdale 338 5,492 5,766 -274 -4.8%
Yoakum 339 5,865 6,169 -304 -4.9%
Marlin 340 5,705 6,023 -318 -5.3%
Crockett 341 6,561 6,990 -429 -6.1%
Livingston 342 5,161 5,576 -415 -7.4%
Mineral Wells 343 15,691 17,231 -1,540 -8.9%
Gatesville 344 12,538 15,544 -3,006 -19.3%

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