The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In America For 2021


We looked at the most recent Census data and compared it to the 2010 to determine the fastest growing big cities in the US.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in America.

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One could argue home prices are the best single metric for determining how great a place is — that whole supply and demand thing.

But, just like happiness, money can’t tell you everything about how great a place is. Instead, look at cities with people kicking down doors to get a chance to live there.

We are, of course, talking about the fastest growing cities in America. These hot pockets of demand that you better snatch up while still possible.

For reference, America’s annual population growth rate during this time period was .75% good for 4.5% overall, so anything over that grew really fast.

What’s the fastest growing city in America for 2021? Well look at that — Frisco is the fastest growing large city in America according to the most recent Census data.

In fact, it seems like people have been listening to our rankings as many of the best places in each state are in the top ten here.

So maybe that whole price of houses thing might eventually correlate with city growth as it seems to have done in Frisco. Guess I should have moved there instead of Durham 6 years ago.

To see exactly how we calculated these rankings, read on. Or if you’re not looking to move where all the cool kids are going, check out:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In America For 2021

Frisco, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now: 177,020
Population 2010: 103,158
Absolute Change: 73,862
Percent Change: 71.6%
More on Frisco: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Proving the basic concepts of economics, Frisco shows that the fastest growing city in the US costs a bunch to live in also — it’s one of the richest cities in the country according to our data.

In terms of population growth, 71.6% growth in a 9 year period comes out to a 5.89% compound annual growth rate. That’s about 8x faster than the US as a whole.

Sugar Land, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population Now: 118,709
Population 2010: 76,080
Absolute Change: 42,629
Percent Change: 56.0%
More on Sugar Land: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Oh, sugar, Sugar Land, what a place to be. It’s the 2nd fastest-growing city in America thanks to 56.03% since 2010.

So you could pour some sugar on Sugar Land, where sugar would be people.

Mckinney, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population Now: 182,055
Population 2010: 118,652
Absolute Change: 63,403
Percent Change: 53.4%
More on Mckinney: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

There’s a pretty big drop between the 2nd and 3rd fastest growing cities as McKinney has ‘only’ had a 53.44% growth. That’s still good for 6.5x the American average.

Meridian, ID

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population Now: 101,905
Population 2010: 68,953
Absolute Change: 32,952
Percent Change: 47.8%
More on Meridian: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Pearland, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now: 122,078
Population 2010: 82,748
Absolute Change: 39,330
Percent Change: 47.5%
More on Pearland: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

It’s at this point that you’ll begin to realize that Texas dominates the top ten. Pearland ranks as the 5th fastest growing large city in America and is the smallest in the top ten.

In fact, Pearland wouldn’t have even had enough people to qualify for the 100,000 person threshold in 2010 — it broke that mark for the first time in 2015.

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population Now: 131,118
Population 2010: 89,446
Absolute Change: 41,672
Percent Change: 46.6%
More on Kent: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Well, I’ve never heard of Kent until now, but apparently it’s a happening place on the west coast. With a population increase of over 46.59%, it has to be pretty sweet.

That growth puts it at about 8x the US average too.

Irvine, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now: 273,157
Population 2010: 199,117
Absolute Change: 74,040
Percent Change: 37.2%
More on Irvine: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

California makes an appearance for the first time with Irvine coming in at the 7th spot.

I would have expected more California cities on the list, but I guess population growth in earlier in the 2000s set the bar too high. Irvine added 74,040 people in this frame.

League City, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population Now: 103,310
Population 2010: 76,764
Absolute Change: 26,546
Percent Change: 34.6%
More on League City: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

There’s somehow more Texas cities in the list this year than last year. In this case, League City just broke the 100,000 mark we use and has been appearing on lists left and right this year — from safest places to live to affordable. Therefore, it would make sense to see them here as one of the fastest growing.

The city has grown 34.58% since 2010.

Round Rock, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population Now: 124,434
Population 2010: 93,092
Absolute Change: 31,342
Percent Change: 33.7%
More on Round Rock: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

Heading back to Texas, Round Rock rocks out in the 9th spot.

Along with Pearland, it only recently broke the 100k population threshold — 2012 to be exact.

Murfreesboro, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population Now: 136,366
Population 2010: 102,602
Absolute Change: 33,764
Percent Change: 32.9%
More on Murfreesboro: Real Estate | Crime | Cost Of Living

And coming in 10th in our top ten fastest growing cities in the US is Murfreesboro, TN.

The first city from the South to make the list, it jumped into the top ten for the first time a couple of years ago.

How We Determined The Fastest Growing Cities in The US for 2021

Fastest Growing Cities In America Graph
There are a couple of ways to measure how fast a city is growing:

  1. % Change Year Over Year
  2. % Change This Decade
  3. Absolute change in population

We went with option two for this analysis — how much have these cities grown since 2010 through the end of 2019 (The most recently available data from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey).

We also limited the analysis to the 304 cities in America over 100,000 people — you know, because cities are big.

We looked at the percentage change in the population from 2010 until 2019 for each city using the classic formula:

((B – A) / A) * 100

We then ranked each city from largest change to smallest change. Frisco, the fastest growing city, had a 71.6% increase in population. Detroit actually had a population loss of 71.601%, good for the worst in America. I guess it just didn’t want to break double digits. You can download the data here.

Here’s a look at the top ten fastest growing major cities in America for 2021.

There You Have It — The Fastest Growing Big Cities in America

After measuring the populations of every major city in America for both now and 2010, we are left with Frisco as the fastest growing city in the US.

My plan now? Go buy a home in a small city ranked like 20-30. I’m sure they are going to be getting much more popular in the years to come.

And for those playing at home, here’s a look at the slowest growing cities in America:

  1. Detroit
  2. Cleveland
  3. Toledo

For more reading, check out:

Fastest Growing Big Cities In The US For 2021

Rank City % Change Population Population 2010
1 Frisco, TX 71.6% 177,020 103,158
2 Sugar Land, TX 56.0% 118,709 76,080
3 Mckinney, TX 53.4% 182,055 118,652
4 Meridian, ID 47.8% 101,905 68,953
5 Pearland, TX 47.5% 122,078 82,748
6 Kent, WA 46.6% 131,118 89,446
7 Irvine, CA 37.2% 273,157 199,117
8 League City, TX 34.6% 103,310 76,764
9 Round Rock, TX 33.7% 124,434 93,092
10 Murfreesboro, TN 32.9% 136,366 102,602
11 New Orleans, LA 32.4% 390,845 295,285
12 Allen, TX 30.6% 101,699 77,843
13 Surprise, AZ 30.5% 135,450 103,767
14 Cary, NC 30.3% 166,268 127,587
15 Midland, TX 28.8% 138,549 107,559
16 College Station, TX 28.4% 113,686 88,541
17 Denton, TX 24.7% 136,195 109,192
18 Gilbert, AZ 24.7% 243,254 195,046
19 Austin, TX 24.4% 950,807 764,129
20 Fort Worth, TX 24.0% 874,401 705,349
21 Santa Clarita, CA 23.9% 213,411 172,253
22 Cape Coral, FL 22.8% 183,942 149,787
23 Miramar, FL 22.7% 139,468 113,707
24 Odessa, TX 22.6% 119,702 97,666
25 Durham, NC 22.4% 269,702 220,324
26 Port St. Lucie, FL 22.2% 189,396 155,004
27 Denver, CO 22.1% 705,576 578,087
28 Thornton, CO 21.8% 136,868 112,374
29 Seattle, WA 21.7% 724,305 595,240
30 Charlotte, NC 21.5% 857,425 705,896
31 Raleigh, NC 21.4% 464,485 382,729
32 Killeen, TX 21.4% 145,686 120,052
33 Clarksville, TN 21.2% 152,934 126,148
34 Elk Grove, CA 21.0% 170,825 141,200
35 Hillsboro, OR 20.9% 106,543 88,125
36 Bellevue, WA 20.9% 144,403 119,454
37 Henderson, NV 20.4% 300,116 249,250
38 Orlando, FL 20.2% 280,832 233,707
39 Clovis, CA 19.7% 109,160 91,166
40 Richardson, TX 19.4% 116,432 97,507
41 Roseville, CA 19.2% 135,637 113,820
42 Sioux Falls, SD 19.0% 177,117 148,848
43 Fargo, ND 18.9% 121,889 102,527
44 Washington, DC 18.5% 692,683 584,400
45 North Las Vegas, NV 18.3% 241,369 203,951
46 Temecula, CA 18.3% 113,381 95,829
47 Fort Collins, CO 18.2% 165,609 140,082
48 Atlanta, GA 18.2% 488,800 413,462
49 Murrieta, CA 18.1% 112,941 95,668
50 North Charleston, SC 18.0% 111,501 94,524
51 Alexandria, VA 17.9% 157,613 133,647
52 Sandy Springs, GA 17.9% 107,072 90,826
53 Aurora, CO 17.5% 369,111 314,092
54 Renton, WA 17.5% 101,484 86,372
55 Chula Vista, CA 17.1% 268,920 229,614
56 San Antonio, TX 16.9% 1,508,083 1,290,196
57 Omaha, NE 16.8% 475,862 407,334
58 Tampa, FL 16.4% 387,916 333,327
59 Charleston, SC 16.3% 135,257 116,347
60 Greeley, CO 16.2% 105,888 91,115
61 Grand Prairie, TX 16.2% 192,565 165,776
62 Miami, FL 16.0% 454,279 391,458
63 Columbia, MO 15.9% 121,230 104,620
64 West Jordan, UT 15.7% 114,138 98,622
65 Carrollton, TX 15.4% 135,834 117,712
66 Sparks, NV 15.2% 100,589 87,301
67 Davie, FL 15.2% 104,399 90,648
68 Colorado Springs, CO 15.1% 464,871 403,983
69 Wilmington, NC 14.8% 120,194 104,730
70 Laredo, TX 14.6% 259,151 226,229
71 Scottsdale, AZ 14.6% 250,602 218,770
72 Carlsbad, CA 14.5% 114,253 99,753
73 Broken Arrow, OK 14.5% 108,496 94,755
74 Lewisville, TX 14.5% 106,386 92,939
75 Oklahoma City, OK 14.2% 643,692 563,571
76 Lubbock, TX 14.2% 253,851 222,272
77 Tempe, AZ 14.2% 187,454 164,147
78 Irving, TX 14.2% 239,783 210,025
79 Columbus, OH 14.0% 878,553 770,407
80 Olathe, KS 13.9% 137,618 120,774
81 Bakersfield, CA 13.9% 377,917 331,868
82 Portland, OR 13.9% 645,291 566,686
83 Mesa, AZ 13.7% 499,720 439,639
84 Boston, MA 13.6% 684,379 602,609
85 Santa Clara, CA 13.6% 127,721 112,466
86 Norman, OK 13.5% 122,837 108,265
87 Arvada, CO 13.2% 118,746 104,885
88 Peoria, AZ 13.1% 168,196 148,702
89 Mcallen, TX 13.0% 141,968 125,590
90 Nashville, TN 12.9% 663,750 587,790
91 Victorville, CA 12.8% 121,902 108,088
92 Vancouver, WA 12.7% 180,556 160,202
93 Cambridge, MA 12.7% 116,632 103,506
94 Fremont, CA 12.7% 235,740 209,235
95 Phoenix, AZ 12.6% 1,633,017 1,450,206
96 Hayward, CA 12.6% 159,293 141,498
97 Richmond, VA 12.3% 226,622 201,828
98 West Palm Beach, FL 12.2% 109,767 97,798
99 Santa Maria, CA 12.2% 106,224 94,645
100 Lincoln, NE 12.2% 283,839 253,035

Fastest Growing Places By State

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