These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Texas For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth 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 Granite Shoals, 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 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.

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:

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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Texas with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Texas Graph For 2019

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Fulshear, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 6,203
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 813
Percent Growth 663.0%
Absolute Growth: 5,390
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.

Selma, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,217
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,367
Percent Growth 111.1%
Absolute Growth: 4,850
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.

Prosper, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 17,107
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 8,173
Percent Growth 109.3%
Absolute Growth: 8,934
More on Prosper: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Buda, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 13,253
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 6,492
Percent Growth 104.1%
Absolute Growth: 6,761
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.

Cibolo, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 26,602
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 13,037
Percent Growth 104.1%
Absolute Growth: 13,565
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.

Fate, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,339
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 5,422
Percent Growth 90.7%
Absolute Growth: 4,917
More on Fate: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Melissa, TX

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 7,682
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 4,163
Percent Growth 84.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,519
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.

Hutto, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 22,644
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 12,306
Percent Growth 84.0%
Absolute Growth: 10,338
More on Hutto: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,236
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 3,391
Percent Growth 83.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,845
More on Bee Cave: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Little Elm, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 39,471
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 22,200
Percent Growth 77.8%
Absolute Growth: 17,271
More on Little Elm: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 2019

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Fulshear 663.0% 6,203 813
2 Selma 111.1% 9,217 4,367
3 Prosper 109.3% 17,107 8,173
4 Buda 104.1% 13,253 6,492
5 Cibolo 104.1% 26,602 13,037
6 Fate 90.7% 10,339 5,422
7 Melissa 84.5% 7,682 4,163
8 Hutto 84.0% 22,644 12,306
9 Bee Cave 83.9% 6,236 3,391
10 Little Elm 77.8% 39,471 22,200

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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