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 | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cibolo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Prosper (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Buda (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hutto (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bee Cave (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Fate (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Melissa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Manor (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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.

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

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.

2. Cibolo

Cibolo, Texas

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.

3. Prosper

Prosper, Texas

Population: 15,236
Population 2010: 8,173
Growth Rate: 86.42%
Absolute Growth: 7,063
More on Prosper: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Buda

Buda, Texas

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.

5. Hutto

Hutto, Texas

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

Bee Cave, Texas

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.

7. Fate

Fate, Texas

Population: 9,234
Population 2010: 5,422
Growth Rate: 70.31%
Absolute Growth: 3,812
More on Fate: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Melissa

Melissa, Texas

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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.

9. Manor

Manor, Texas

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

Little Elm, Texas

Population: 35,553
Population 2010: 22,200
Growth Rate: 60.15%
Absolute Growth: 13,353
More on Little Elm: Homes For Sale | Data

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

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Selma 8,866 4,367 4,499 103.0%
2 Cibolo 25,256 13,037 12,219 93.7%
3 Prosper 15,236 8,173 7,063 86.4%
4 Buda 11,936 6,492 5,444 83.9%
5 Hutto 21,241 12,306 8,935 72.6%
6 Bee Cave 5,802 3,391 2,411 71.1%
7 Fate 9,234 5,422 3,812 70.3%
8 Melissa 6,844 4,163 2,681 64.4%
9 Manor 7,145 4,383 2,762 63.0%
10 Little Elm 35,553 22,200 13,353 60.1%
11 Fair Oaks Ranch 8,582 5,481 3,101 56.6%
12 Leander 36,204 23,295 12,909 55.4%
13 Manvel 7,402 4,810 2,592 53.9%
14 Anna 10,335 7,198 3,137 43.6%
15 Kyle 34,080 24,062 10,018 41.6%
16 Cedar Park 63,551 44,887 18,664 41.6%
17 Frisco 145,646 103,158 42,488 41.2%
18 Conroe 74,482 53,270 21,212 39.8%
19 Trophy Club 10,987 8,042 2,945 36.6%
20 Lucas 6,585 4,863 1,722 35.4%
21 Boerne 13,066 9,664 3,402 35.2%
22 Georgetown 59,436 44,109 15,327 34.7%
23 San Marcos 57,743 43,282 14,461 33.4%
24 Schertz 37,597 28,423 9,174 32.3%
25 Mckinney 156,821 118,652 38,169 32.2%
26 Horizon City 19,142 14,567 4,575 31.4%
27 Princeton 8,278 6,301 1,977 31.4%
28 Murphy 20,015 15,259 4,756 31.2%
29 Pflugerville 55,712 42,767 12,945 30.3%
30 Midlothian 21,530 16,587 4,943 29.8%
31 Alton 15,581 12,054 3,527 29.3%
32 Celina 7,236 5,603 1,633 29.1%
33 Pearland 106,238 82,748 23,490 28.4%
34 Forney 16,842 13,161 3,681 28.0%
35 Royse City 10,532 8,242 2,290 27.8%
36 Lakeway 13,662 10,726 2,936 27.4%
37 Hidalgo 13,449 10,564 2,885 27.3%
38 Sachse 23,329 18,399 4,930 26.8%
39 Roanoke 7,055 5,578 1,477 26.5%
40 Sunnyvale 5,871 4,647 1,224 26.3%
41 Fairview 8,235 6,521 1,714 26.3%
42 Converse 21,169 16,953 4,216 24.9%
43 Katy 16,632 13,372 3,260 24.4%
44 Cuero 8,429 6,779 1,650 24.3%
45 Andrews 13,087 10,526 2,561 24.3%
46 New Braunfels 67,097 54,072 13,025 24.1%
47 Mansfield 63,141 50,941 12,200 23.9%
48 League City 94,976 76,764 18,212 23.7%
49 Wylie 45,655 37,079 8,576 23.1%
50 Burleson 41,962 34,172 7,790 22.8%
51 Helotes 8,329 6,818 1,511 22.2%
52 Allen 94,710 77,843 16,867 21.7%
53 Crowley 14,453 11,895 2,558 21.5%
54 Heath 7,992 6,593 1,399 21.2%
55 Lindale 5,488 4,528 960 21.2%
56 Round Rock 112,767 93,092 19,675 21.1%
57 Hempstead 6,727 5,560 1,167 21.0%
58 Live Oak 15,021 12,423 2,598 20.9%
59 Midland 128,051 107,559 20,492 19.1%
60 Rosenberg 34,908 29,344 5,564 19.0%
61 Austin 907,779 764,129 143,650 18.8%
62 Rockwall 41,672 35,094 6,578 18.7%
63 Keller 44,250 37,403 6,847 18.3%
64 Los Fresnos 6,376 5,391 985 18.3%
65 College Station 104,684 88,541 16,143 18.2%
66 Prairie View 6,209 5,254 955 18.2%
67 Denton 128,421 109,192 19,229 17.6%
68 Saginaw 21,680 18,458 3,222 17.5%
69 Red Oak 11,663 9,932 1,731 17.4%
70 Odessa 114,258 97,666 16,592 17.0%
71 Rockport 10,197 8,717 1,480 17.0%
72 Addison 15,363 13,146 2,217 16.9%
73 Weatherford 28,284 24,227 4,057 16.7%
74 Granbury 9,052 7,758 1,294 16.7%
75 The Colony 40,757 34,947 5,810 16.6%
76 Seminole 7,239 6,223 1,016 16.3%
77 Edinburg 84,399 72,611 11,788 16.2%
78 Elsa 6,542 5,639 903 16.0%
79 Fort Worth 815,930 705,349 110,581 15.7%
80 Hutchins 5,644 4,881 763 15.6%
81 Killeen 138,745 120,052 18,693 15.6%
82 Stephenville 19,561 16,940 2,621 15.5%
83 Harker Heights 28,716 24,877 3,839 15.4%
84 Kilgore 14,658 12,706 1,952 15.4%
85 Waxahachie 32,536 28,276 4,260 15.1%
86 Sanger 7,595 6,623 972 14.7%
87 Mission 82,200 71,760 10,440 14.5%
88 Willis 6,217 5,428 789 14.5%
89 Farmers Branch 32,211 28,161 4,050 14.4%
90 Pleasanton 10,120 8,863 1,257 14.2%
91 Glenn Heights 11,958 10,482 1,476 14.1%
92 Southlake 29,101 25,567 3,534 13.8%
93 Robinson 11,344 9,967 1,377 13.8%
94 Seabrook 13,038 11,460 1,578 13.8%
95 Pharr 75,172 66,105 9,067 13.7%
96 Lago Vista 6,505 5,721 784 13.7%
97 Anthony 5,402 4,766 636 13.3%
98 Weslaco 39,021 34,544 4,477 13.0%
99 Belton 20,138 17,845 2,293 12.8%
100 Bastrop 7,909 7,014 895 12.8%

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