The U.S. population has grown significantly since 2000, from 281.4 million to just over 321 million, a 39.6 million increase, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.
To determine the fastest growing American cities, 24/7 Tempo ranked U.S. cities by their percentage population change from 2000 to 2018 using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Cities with fewer than 50,000 residents in 2000 were not considered.
The population of each of the 25 cities on the list grew by more than 60% from 2000 to 2018. In six cities, the population more than doubled in that time frame, and in one it more than tripled. Many of these cities are clustered around large metropolitan areas, and in a few cases, multiple cities on this list are located near the same population center, like Los Angeles or Dallas.
These rapidly-growing cities are not unique in their state or larger area. They often represent a larger trend of people moving to their respective states or nearby metro areas because of better job opportunities or higher standards of living. The 25 fastest growing cities are spread across 13 different states. Each of the five fastest growing states has at least one city on this list. These are the fastest growing (and shrinking) states.
Cities become attractive destinations for people to move to for a number of reasons. Some have booming job markets that attract new workers from other parts of the country or even overseas. Others have affordable housing markets that attract residents like younger people who are starting out in entry-level jobs. These are 40 places where young people are moving.