The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Florida For 2021


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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Florida.

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 Jacksonville and Miami, while others want peace and quiet like in Flagler Beach and South Pasadena, 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 Florida 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 Sunshine State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Florida for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Florida for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Fruitland Park ranks as the fastest growing city in Florida. If you happen to be a resident of Fruitland Park, 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 Florida are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Florida or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Florida state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Florida For 2021

1. Fruitland Park

Fruitland Park, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,848
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,062
Percent Growth 93.2%
Absolute Growth: 3,786
More on Fruitland Park: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Groveland

Groveland, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,672
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,935
Percent Growth 72.3%
Absolute Growth: 5,737
More on Groveland: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Sweetwater

Sweetwater, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,865
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,599
Percent Growth 53.4%
Absolute Growth: 7,266
More on Sweetwater: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. St. Cloud

St. Cloud, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 51,158
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 33,742
Percent Growth 51.6%
Absolute Growth: 17,416
More on St. Cloud: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Doral

Doral, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 59,972
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 41,148
Percent Growth 45.7%
Absolute Growth: 18,824
More on Doral: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Parkland

Parkland, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 31,454
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 22,442
Percent Growth 40.2%
Absolute Growth: 9,012
More on Parkland: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Winter Garden

Winter Garden, FL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 43,648
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 31,480
Percent Growth 38.7%
Absolute Growth: 12,168
More on Winter Garden: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Ocoee

Ocoee, FL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 46,305
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 34,134
Percent Growth 35.7%
Absolute Growth: 12,171
More on Ocoee: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Clermont

Clermont, FL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 35,209
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 26,141
Percent Growth 34.7%
Absolute Growth: 9,068
More on Clermont: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Palm Springs

Palm Springs, FL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 24,843
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 18,668
Percent Growth 33.1%
Absolute Growth: 6,175
More on Palm Springs: Homes For Sale | Data

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Sunshine State for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 219 Florida 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 Sunshine State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Florida with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Florida Graph For 2021

Click to enlarge

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Florida, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Florida are led by Fruitland Park 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Quincy
  2. Valparaiso
  3. Starke

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Florida For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Fruitland Park 93.2% 7,848 4,062
2 Groveland 72.3% 13,672 7,935
3 Sweetwater 53.4% 20,865 13,599
4 St. Cloud 51.6% 51,158 33,742
5 Doral 45.7% 59,972 41,148
6 Parkland 40.2% 31,454 22,442
7 Winter Garden 38.7% 43,648 31,480
8 Ocoee 35.7% 46,305 34,134
9 Clermont 34.7% 35,209 26,141
10 Palm Springs 33.1% 24,843 18,668

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About Chris Kolmar

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