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:
- Selma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cibolo (Homes For Sale)
- Prosper (Homes For Sale)
- Buda (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hutto (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bee Cave (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fate (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Melissa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Manor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Little Elm (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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]
Population: 8,866 Population 2010: 4,367
Growth Rate: 103.02%
Absolute Growth: 4,499
More on Selma: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 25,256 Population 2010: 13,037
Growth Rate: 93.73%
Absolute Growth: 12,219
More on Cibolo: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 11,936 Population 2010: 6,492
Growth Rate: 83.86%
Absolute Growth: 5,444
More on Buda: Homes For Sale | Data
Buda (/bjud/ BYOO-da) 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.
Population: 21,241 Population 2010: 12,306
Growth Rate: 72.61%
Absolute Growth: 8,935
More on Hutto: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
6. Bee Cave
Population: 5,802 Population 2010: 3,391
Growth Rate: 71.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,411
More on Bee Cave: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 6,844 Population 2010: 4,163
Growth Rate: 64.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,681
More on Melissa: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 7,145 Population 2010: 4,383
Growth Rate: 63.02%
Absolute Growth: 2,762
More on Manor: Homes For Sale | Data
Manor (/menr/ MAY-ner) 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.
10. Little Elm
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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