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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 Post and Primera, 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 2022 according to the most recent census data:
What's the fastest growing city in Texas for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Fulshear ranks as the fastest growing city in Texas. If you happen to be a resident of Fulshear, 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.
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.
For more Texas state reading:
The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Texas For 2022
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 813
Percent Growth 1402.2%
Absolute Growth: 11,400
More on Fulshear: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
2. Iowa Colony
Rank Last Year: 52 (Up 50)
Population 2010: 1,328
Percent Growth 299.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,977
More on Iowa Colony: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 8,173
Percent Growth 216.7%
Absolute Growth: 17,714
More on Prosper: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 267 (Up 263)
Population 2010: 5,546
Percent Growth 213.9%
Absolute Growth: 11,864
More on Palmview: Homes For Sale | Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 4,383
Percent Growth 165.6%
Absolute Growth: 7,260
More on Manor: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 5,422
Percent Growth 163.7%
Absolute Growth: 8,878
More on Fate: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 23,295
Percent Growth 160.2%
Absolute Growth: 37,318
More on Leander: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 4,163
Percent Growth 158.8%
Absolute Growth: 6,611
More on Melissa: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Population 2010: 4,367
Percent Growth 157.4%
Absolute Growth: 6,874
More on Selma: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 7)
Population 2010: 6,492
Percent Growth 153.9%
Absolute Growth: 9,992
More on Buda: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos
Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Lone Star State for 2022
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 358 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:
[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Here's a graph of the cities in Texas with the largest percent increase in population:
Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In Texas, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Texas are led by Fulshear 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):
- Mineral Wells
For more Texas reading, check out:
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Texas For 2022