THE 10 FASTEST Growing Cities In America For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020? 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 2020

Frisco, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population Now: 165,700
Population 2010: 103,158
Absolute Change: 62,542
Percent Change: 60.6%
More on Frisco: PhotosData

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, 60.63% growth in a 8 year period comes out to a 5.89% compound annual growth rate. That’s about 8x faster than the US as a whole.

Review Of Frisco by HomeSnacks User

I love Frisco, specifically Frisco Square, with its cozy vibe. It’s a small area, but it has great restaurants, a library, movie theater, and senior center to keep it alive. In the winter, the whole place is alive with lights that create a very picturesque scene.

The people and restaurants stand out. The people are nice wherever you go, and there is a diversity of delicious restaurants, whether you’re looking for casual or formal dining.

Sugar Land, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now: 118,182
Population 2010: 76,080
Absolute Change: 42,102
Percent Change: 55.3%
More on Sugar Land: PhotosData

Oh, sugar, Sugar Land, what a place to be. It’s the 2nd fastest-growing city in America thanks to 55.34% 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: 173,460
Population 2010: 118,652
Absolute Change: 54,808
Percent Change: 46.2%
More on Mckinney: PhotosData

There’s a pretty big drop between the 2nd and 3rd fastest growing cities as McKinney has ‘only’ had a 46.19% growth. That’s still good for 6.5x the American average.

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population Now: 128,057
Population 2010: 89,446
Absolute Change: 38,611
Percent Change: 43.2%
More on Kent: PhotosData

Well, I’ve never heard of Kent until now, but apparently it’s a happening place on the west coast. With a popoulation increase of over 43.17%, it has to be pretty sweet.

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

Pearland, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now: 117,867
Population 2010: 82,748
Absolute Change: 35,119
Percent Change: 42.4%
More on Pearland: PhotosData

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.

Irvine, CA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population Now: 265,502
Population 2010: 199,117
Absolute Change: 66,385
Percent Change: 33.3%
More on Irvine: PhotosData

California makes an appearance for the first time with Irvine coming in at the 6th 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 66,385 people in this frame.

Review Of Irvine by HomeSnacks User

Irvine is an extremely safe city with regular, active, and diligent police patrols on all major roads. It has a reputation for being one of, if not the safest city in America, and is also a beautiful city due to the planned nature of its housing communities and nature. While this does make Irvine feel like a bubble, it also ensures that it is a safe and secure environment for those living in it and especially for children, as they are guaranteed an education that is held to a higher standard than other cities. Schools are consistently excellent, and there are very few schools that are riddled with disciplinary or financial problems due to Irvine Company’s excellent management of the city’s allocated funding.

Irvine’s food is mostly chains, and there are few private businesses due to the high cost of retail spaces. As a result, your experiences in Irvine when it comes to food and shopping will always be consistently safe, but also expensive and somewhat vanilla in terms of variety. The city also begins to feel quite sterile after living there for a few years because of how safe and well-maintained it is. Transportation without a vehicle can also be difficult due to the long intervals between buses, as well as the distance from houses to retail plazas.

New Orleans, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population Now: 389,648
Population 2010: 295,285
Absolute Change: 94,363
Percent Change: 32.0%
More on New Orleans: PhotosData

New Orleans is the largest city in the top ten by a wide margin.

Good food, jobs, and awesome things to do make New Orleans a great place to call home as its growth rate will attest.

Review Of New Orleans by HomeSnacks User

Visit the French Quarter and then the St. Louis Cathedral. Visit the Bon Ton Cafe for dinner. I also recommend visiting the Natchez river boat and take a dinner cruise. Make sure to get a grenade in the french quarter. Also visit the famous cafe du Monde and get a beignet. If you are interested take in a s*x show or other nighttime activities in the old french quarter. A haunted walk or visit to an old cemetery is also recommended. The old french market is another fun place to see for gift and souvenirs.

The friendliness and the wonderful accents of all the people. The cajun food is awesome so please get some gumbo. Also enjoy the wonderful drinks. Take in the wonderful music that you’ll find anywhere. This is America’s coolest city.

League City, TX

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population Now: 100,832
Population 2010: 76,764
Absolute Change: 24,068
Percent Change: 31.4%
More on League City: PhotosData

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 31.35% since 2010.

Round Rock, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population Now: 120,157
Population 2010: 93,092
Absolute Change: 27,065
Percent Change: 29.1%
More on Round Rock: PhotosData

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.

Review Of Round Rock by HomeSnacks User

I love Round Rock. There is so much to do for families here from free events, our local library, beautiful parks and convenient shopping. We love the friendliness of the majority of people here as well.

The parks are absolutely wonderful for kids. There are ample playgrounds that were designed above and beyond a normal playscape.

Surprise, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population Now: 132,904
Population 2010: 103,767
Absolute Change: 29,137
Percent Change: 28.1%
More on Surprise: PhotosData

In a surprise to no living in Surprise, Surprise, AZ ranks as the 10th fastest growing city in America for 2020.

28.08% population growth is unsurprising for one of Arizona’s up and coming cities.

How We Determined The Fastest Growing Cities in The US for 2020

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 2018 (The most recently available data from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey).

We also limited the analysis to the 300 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 2018 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 60.6% increase in population. Detroit actually had a population loss of 60.627%, 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 2020.

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 2020

Rank City % Change Population Population 2010
1 Frisco, TX 60.6% 165,700 103,158
2 Sugar Land, TX 55.3% 118,182 76,080
3 Mckinney, TX 46.2% 173,460 118,652
4 Kent, WA 43.2% 128,057 89,446
5 Pearland, TX 42.4% 117,867 82,748
6 Irvine, CA 33.3% 265,502 199,117
7 New Orleans, LA 32.0% 389,648 295,285
8 League City, TX 31.4% 100,832 76,764
9 Round Rock, TX 29.1% 120,157 93,092
10 Surprise, AZ 28.1% 132,904 103,767
11 Cary, NC 28.0% 163,266 127,587
12 Murfreesboro, TN 27.6% 130,968 102,602
13 Midland, TX 25.6% 135,134 107,559
14 College Station, TX 25.1% 110,782 88,541
15 Austin, TX 22.5% 935,755 764,129
16 Denton, TX 22.4% 133,661 109,192
17 Gilbert, AZ 21.8% 237,484 195,046
18 Santa Clarita, CA 21.6% 209,478 172,253
19 Miramar, FL 21.5% 138,168 113,707
20 Odessa, TX 21.4% 118,582 97,666
21 Fort Worth, TX 21.3% 855,786 705,349
22 Durham, NC 20.0% 264,310 220,324
23 Denver, CO 20.0% 693,417 578,087
24 Thornton, CO 19.8% 134,588 112,374
25 Raleigh, NC 19.4% 457,159 382,729
26 Clarksville, TN 19.4% 150,602 126,148
27 Elk Grove, CA 19.3% 168,503 141,200
28 Cape Coral, FL 19.2% 178,593 149,787
29 Charlotte, NC 19.2% 841,611 705,896
30 Killeen, TX 19.2% 143,070 120,052
31 Seattle, WA 19.1% 708,823 595,240
32 Bellevue, WA 19.1% 142,242 119,454
33 Hillsboro, OR 18.8% 104,730 88,125
34 Port St. Lucie, FL 18.6% 183,762 155,004
35 Orlando, FL 18.0% 275,690 233,707
36 Richardson, TX 17.3% 114,402 97,507
37 Fargo, ND 17.2% 120,209 102,527
38 Washington, DC 17.1% 684,498 584,400
39 Temecula, CA 17.1% 112,230 95,829
40 Alexandria, VA 17.1% 156,505 133,647
41 Clovis, CA 17.0% 106,666 91,166
42 Sioux Falls, SD 17.0% 174,151 148,848
43 Renton, WA 17.0% 101,054 86,372
44 Roseville, CA 16.9% 133,049 113,820
45 Henderson, NV 16.9% 291,346 249,250
46 Murrieta, CA 16.5% 111,427 95,668
47 North Charleston, SC 16.3% 109,886 94,524
48 North Las Vegas, NV 16.2% 236,986 203,951
49 Sandy Springs, GA 16.1% 105,411 90,826
50 Chula Vista, CA 16.1% 266,468 229,614
51 Fort Collins, CO 16.0% 162,511 140,082
52 Atlanta, GA 16.0% 479,655 413,462
53 Aurora, CO 15.7% 363,550 314,092
54 Grand Prairie, TX 15.3% 191,104 165,776
55 Miami, FL 15.3% 451,214 391,458
56 San Antonio, TX 15.2% 1,486,521 1,290,196
57 Charleston, SC 15.0% 133,762 116,347
58 Columbia, MO 14.9% 120,248 104,620
59 West Jordan, UT 14.7% 113,089 98,622
60 Omaha, NE 14.2% 465,112 407,334
61 Carlsbad, CA 14.0% 113,670 99,753
62 Greeley, CO 13.9% 103,773 91,115
63 Laredo, TX 13.9% 257,575 226,229
64 Davie, FL 13.8% 103,132 90,648
65 Irving, TX 13.6% 238,637 210,025
66 Broken Arrow, OK 13.5% 107,500 94,755
67 Carrollton, TX 13.4% 133,438 117,712
68 Colorado Springs, CO 13.2% 457,502 403,983
69 Bakersfield, CA 13.2% 375,699 331,868
70 Oklahoma City, OK 13.1% 637,284 563,571
71 Tampa, FL 12.9% 376,345 333,327
72 Portland, OR 12.8% 639,387 566,686
73 Wilmington, NC 12.8% 118,094 104,730
74 Lewisville, TX 12.8% 104,789 92,939
75 Mcallen, TX 12.7% 141,597 125,590
76 Boston, MA 12.7% 679,413 602,609
77 Victorville, CA 12.7% 121,861 108,088
78 Lubbock, TX 12.7% 250,415 222,272
79 Columbus, OH 12.6% 867,628 770,407
80 Olathe, KS 12.6% 135,986 120,774
81 Scottsdale, AZ 12.5% 246,026 218,770
82 Nashville, TN 12.3% 660,062 587,790
83 Santa Clara, CA 12.2% 126,209 112,466
84 Tempe, AZ 11.9% 183,652 164,147
85 Norman, OK 11.8% 121,090 108,265
86 Hayward, CA 11.8% 158,241 141,498
87 Arvada, CO 11.8% 117,251 104,885
88 Cambridge, MA 11.7% 115,665 103,506
89 Mesa, AZ 11.7% 491,194 439,639
90 Sunnyvale, CA 11.6% 152,323 136,480
91 Santa Maria, CA 11.5% 105,483 94,645
92 Fremont, CA 11.4% 233,083 209,235
93 Vancouver, WA 11.4% 178,413 160,202
94 Santa Rosa, CA 11.3% 181,038 162,647
95 Plano, TX 11.1% 284,579 256,099
96 Dallas, TX 11.1% 1,318,806 1,187,285
97 Antioch, CA 11.0% 110,730 99,717
98 Phoenix, AZ 11.0% 1,610,071 1,450,206
99 Houston, TX 11.0% 2,295,982 2,068,026
100 Lincoln, NE 11.0% 280,849 253,035

Fastest Growing Places By State

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.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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