8. Bismarck, ND
> Population growth (2010-2015): 12.34%
> Total population: 129,517
> Per capita income: $50,173
> Unemployment rate: 3.5%
Another North Dakotan metropolitan area that has benefitted from the recent oil boom, Bismarck’s population rose by over 12% over the last five years as workers streamed into the area to fill new job openings. Bismarck’s current unemployment rate of 3.5% is well below the national rate of 4.9%. However, as there are signs the boom is nearing an end, the population increase may begin to wane.
7. St. George, UT
> Population growth (2010-2015): 12.41%
> Total population: 155,602
> Per capita income: $29,659
> Unemployment rate: 4.1%
Younger residents are more likely to relocate, and cities more suited to younger residents tend to see greater population influxes. Still, older residents relocate as well, particularly if they mean to retire. In St. George, where nearly one in five adults are 65 or older, 11,397 more people moved to the area than left over the last five years.
6. Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL
> Population growth (2010-2015): 13.13%
> Total population: 701,982
> Per capita income: $42,243
> Unemployment rate: 4.7%
Like several of the other fastest-growing metropolitan areas, the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area’s population is likely growing because it is a retirement destination. More than one in every four residents in the area is a senior citizen compared to a national proportion of 14.5% who are 65 and older. Nearby Naples is also one of the fastest growing metro areas.