These 25 Cities Have Grown the Most Since 2000

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15. Fayetteville, North Carolina
> Population growth 2000-2018: 73.8%
> Population in 2000 (Census): 121,015
> Population in 2010 (Census): 200,564
> Population in 2018 (5-yr ACS): 210,324

Fayetteville’s massive population growth has slowed down in recent years. The North Carolina city added nearly 80,000 new residents from 2000 to 2010. In the eight years since, however, Fayetteville’s population grew by fewer than 10,000 people. Still, the population’s expansion from the first decade of the 21st century is enough to make the city one of the fastest growing in the country.

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14. Irvine, California
> Population growth 2000-2018: 79.5%
> Population in 2000 (Census): 143,072
> Population in 2010 (Census): 212,375
> Population in 2018 (5-yr ACS): 256,877

Irvine was already a large city in 2000, with over 143,000 residents. Young adults, those aged 21 to 34 years old, comprise a growing share of the Southern California city population at nearly 25%. The population boom in Irvine, as well as much of the surrounding Southern California area has been spurred by international immigration, according to the Southern California Association of Governments.

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13. Rio Rancho, New Mexico
> Population growth 2000-2018: 80.3%
> Population in 2000 (Census): 51,765
> Population in 2010 (Census): 87,521
> Population in 2018 (5-yr ACS): 93,317

Incorporated in 1981, Rio Rancho is one of the newest cities in New Mexico. From 2000 to 2010, the city added more than 35,000 residents. Though growth has slowed in the years since, Rio Rancho is still expanding, up to a population of 93,317 as of 2018.

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12. Murfreesboro, Tennessee
> Population growth 2000-2018: 83.4%
> Population in 2000 (Census): 68,816
> Population in 2010 (Census): 108,755
> Population in 2018 (5-yr ACS): 126,188

Murfreesboro, Tennessee, ranks among the fastest growing cities in America, and it seems that this trend will continue. The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce projects that Murfreesboro will continue expanding its population at a rapid pace, growing to over 153,000 residents by 2024. The city was relatively small, at fewer than 69,000 residents in 2000, but it grew by more than 40,000 people in just a decade.

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11. Miramar, Florida
> Population growth 2000-2018: 87.5%
> Population in 2000 (Census): 72,739
> Population in 2010 (Census): 122,041
> Population in 2018 (5-yr ACS): 136,415

Miami suburb Miramar added more than 63,000 new residents from 2000 to 2018, the most recent year for which data is available. The city has 40 different parks, with facilities to play soccer, tennis, baseball, and more. It is also within driving distance from a number of different beaches.