The 7 Fastest-Growing Cities in the US

Evelyn Long

Jul 22, 2022


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If you’re looking for a new city to call home, it can be hard to know where you will find the most advantages, and there are plenty of benefits to living in one of the fastest-growing cities in the US.

Every decade, the United States Census Bureau forms a list of cities that are growing the most in the country. The recent census shows Americans are flocking to the southwest.

If you want to be immersed in nature, find educational opportunities or just have a family-friendly small town feel, then consider checking out the seven fastest-growing cities in the US. 

1. Georgetown, Texas

Named after George Washington Glasscock, Sr., Georgetown was founded in 1848 and quickly became a hub for government and commerce on the frontier. Today, people know the city for its Victorian architecture and thriving cultural district. 

Just 30 minutes outside of Austin, it makes sense that Georgetown saw the most significant population increase of 10.5% in the ten years. The area thrives economically, with an attractive housing market and solid education. 

People also recognize Georgetown for its family-friendly suburban feel with many parks, kids’ recreation, youth sports, and teen activities. 

2. Leander, Texas

A stone’s throw away from Georgetown is Leander, Texas, which has grown by over 30,000 people in the last decade, a 10.1% population increase. 

Leander shares the benefit of being in the Austin area and has its charms that have attracted people to call the town home. Its parks and waterways are great for connecting with nature and enjoying outdoor recreation. For easy access to Austin and other nearby areas, you can hop on the CapMetro Commuter Rail.

Additionally, the San Gabriel Texas of Austin Community College calls the town home, and Old Town Leander is home to a farmers market and a selection of restaurants and breweries for you to enjoy. 

3. Queen Creek, Arizona

Priding itself as Arizona’s “best-kept secret” is the relatively new town of Queen Creek. The city was incorporated in 1989 and prides itself on a sense of community. 

Known for its performing arts scene and botanical gardens, Queen Creek is a hot spot for young adults and families.

Just south of the town is the San Tan Mountain Regional Park, which houses 10,000 acres of trails and recreational areas. 

Over the past decade, the town has increased its population by 8.9% and is expected to have continues growth in the years to come. 

4. Buckeye, Arizona

Established in 1888 and renamed for the Buckeye Canal in 1910, Buckeye soon became known for its Party Town and other local events, some of which continue today. 

The town prides itself on its desert beauty, hosting a desert botanical garden and Skyline Regional Park. You can really take in the town’s beauty by skydiving above it through its local facility. 

The population of the town grew 8.6% over the last decade and is estimated to reach over 100,000 soon. 

5. New Braunfels, Texas

Between San Antonio and Austin lies New Braunfels, who saw a population increase of 8.3% over the last decade. 

Founded in 1845, the town prides itself on its diverse culture with a mix of German and Hispanic roots.

The town is home to Schlitterahn Waterpark, Texas’ oldest bakery and the state’s oldest dance hall. The Comal and Guadalupe rives run through the town and there are plenty of boating and fishing opportunities around.

6. Fort Myers, Florida

Breaking the Texas and Arizona trend is Fort Myers, Florida, whose population grew 6.8% over the past decade. 

Located in southwest Florida and known for its beaches and islands, Fort Myers is a popular retirement and vacation destination. 

Furthermore, for inside enjoyment, you can visit the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum dedicated to the shells of mullosks. The museum features touch pools and interactive programming for kids to enjoy as well as live mollusks tanks.

7. Casa Grande, Arizona

We’re going back to Arizona to end our list of the seven fastest-growing cities in the US. Casa Grande’s population grew by 6.2% over the past 10 years. Founded in 1879, the town has activities for all ages, including senior programming and the Palm Island Family Aquatic Center that has a 150 foot water slide and an aquatic climbing wall. 

People also know the city for its love of soccer, with youth leagues and a professional soccer training center right in town. 

With a population of over 58,000 people, the city strives to maintain a hometown feel. 

Growing With a City

When considering new places to live, you want to find a city with opportunities for you to grow and thrive. So when you’re looking for a new home, consider the fastest-growing cities in the US. Choosing to live in a growing city can allow you to reap the economic and educational benefits that come with new faces and ideas. 

If you’re looking for a more small-town feel, one of these cities might be the right one for you. 

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