The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Texas 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 Texas.

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 Krum and Bowie, 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 2021 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Texas For 2021

  1. Fulshear
  2. Prosper
  3. Buda
  4. Selma
  5. Fate
  6. Leander
  7. Melissa
  8. Manor
  9. Cibolo
  10. Manvel

What's the fastest growing city in Texas for 2021? 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 2021

1. Fulshear

Fulshear, TX

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Population: 9,906
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 813
Percent Growth 1118.5%
Absolute Growth: 9,093
More on Fulshear: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Prosper

Prosper, TX

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Population: 22,517
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,173
Percent Growth 175.5%
Absolute Growth: 14,344
More on Prosper: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Buda

Buda, TX

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Population: 15,565
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 6,492
Percent Growth 139.8%
Absolute Growth: 9,073
More on Buda: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Selma

Selma, TX

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Population: 10,419
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 4,367
Percent Growth 138.6%
Absolute Growth: 6,052
More on Selma: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Fate

Fate, TX

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Population: 12,787
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,422
Percent Growth 135.8%
Absolute Growth: 7,365
More on Fate: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Leander

Leander, TX

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Population: 53,716
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 23,295
Percent Growth 130.6%
Absolute Growth: 30,421
More on Leander: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Melissa

Melissa, TX

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Population: 9,487
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,163
Percent Growth 127.9%
Absolute Growth: 5,324
More on Melissa: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Manor

Manor, TX

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Population: 9,974
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 4,383
Percent Growth 127.6%
Absolute Growth: 5,591
More on Manor: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Cibolo

Cibolo, TX

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Population: 28,920
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Population 2010: 13,037
Percent Growth 121.8%
Absolute Growth: 15,883
More on Cibolo: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Manvel

Manvel, TX

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Population: 10,179
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Population 2010: 4,810
Percent Growth 111.6%
Absolute Growth: 5,369
More on Manvel: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Lone Star 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 352 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:
Fastest Growing Cities in Texas Graph For 2021

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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):

  1. Gatesville
  2. Mineral Wells
  3. Livingston

For more Texas reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Texas For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Fulshear 1118.5% 9,906 813
2 Prosper 175.5% 22,517 8,173
3 Buda 139.8% 15,565 6,492
4 Selma 138.6% 10,419 4,367
5 Fate 135.8% 12,787 5,422
6 Leander 130.6% 53,716 23,295
7 Melissa 127.9% 9,487 4,163
8 Manor 127.6% 9,974 4,383
9 Cibolo 121.8% 28,920 13,037
10 Manvel 111.6% 10,179 4,810

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