Special Report

America's Fastest Growing Cities

14. Charleston-North Charleston, SC
> Population growth (2010-2015):
11.54%
> Total population: 744,526
> Per capita income: $41,305
> Unemployment rate: 4.8%

In the past year alone, the population of Charleston, South Carolina, grew at a 2.42% rate. In the last five years, the city’s population grew by 11.5%. Like most of the fastest growing metropolitan areas, Charleston’s population increase was primarily due to migration and not due to natural growth. Of the nearly 80,000 new residents living in Charleston, more than 55,000 people moved to the area.

13. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
> Population growth (2010-2015):
11.57%
> Total population: 2,387,138
> Per capita income: $37,104
> Unemployment rate: 4.7%

With the exception of the Houston and Austin, Texas areas, the Orlando metropolitan area is the largest fastest-growing metro in the country. Roughly one-quarter of a million more people live in the area compared to just five years ago. The vast majority of this growth has come from net migration. Slightly less than 190,000 more people moved to Orlando than left in the last five years.

12. Fargo, ND-MN
> Population growth (2010-2015):
11.66%
> Total population: 233,836
> Per capita income: $48,914
> Unemployment rate: 3.2%

A large part of the state of North Dakota has experienced an economic boom and population explosion as a result of the development of the Bakken shale formation. While declining oil prices appear to be starting to curb this growth, Fargo’s population grew by more than 25,000 over the last five years.