25. Fort Collins, CO
> 2010-2018 pop. growth: +16.7% (50,068)
> 2018 unemployment: 3.1%
> 2010-2018 employment change: +24.6% (+31,121)
> Median household income: $64,980
Colorado is one of the fastest growing states in the country by population. In the last eight years, the state’s population ballooned by 12.8%. Due to both a faster natural growth rate — more births than deaths — and positive net migration, the northern Colorado city of Fort Collins is growing even faster. Between 2010 and 2018, the number of people living in Fort Collins climbed by over 50,000, a 16.7% population increase.
24. North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL
> 2010-2018 pop. growth: +16.8% (118,209)
> 2018 unemployment: 3.3%
> 2010-2018 employment change: +23.2% (+54,113)
> Median household income: $54,473
The North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton metro area is one of only a handful on this list where the number of deaths outnumbered the number of births over the last eight years. Still, enough new residents moved to the metro area than moved out that its population expanded by 16.8% between 2010 and 2018. Sarasota is one of seven Florida metro areas to rank on this list. As the U.S. population ages, retirement age Americans are flocking to warmer climates in the Sun Belt. Over 30% of the metro area residents are age 65 and older, more than double the 14.9% share of Americans.
23. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX
> 2010-2018 pop. growth: +16.9% (1.1 million)
> 2018 unemployment: 3.6%
> 2010-2018 employment change: +23.1% (+647,463)
> Median household income: $63,870
There are over a million more people living in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area today than there were as recently as 2010. There were over 400,000 more births than deaths and over 600,000 more people moved to the metro area than left over the last eight years, contributing to a 16.9% population growth.
Cities with strong economies are more attractive to potential new residents and young families. The Dallas metro area added nearly 650,000 new jobs since 2010, and just 3.6% of metro area workers are unemployed, below the 3.9% national unemployment rate.
22. San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX
> 2010-2018 pop. growth: +17.0% (364,998)
> 2018 unemployment: 3.4%
> 2010-2018 employment change: +20.6% (+170,621)
> Median household income: $56,495
Texas is one of the fastest growing states in the country by population. The Lone Star State’s population growth rate of 13.7% in the last eight years was more than double the 5.8% national population growth rate.
San Antonio-New Braunfels is one of half a dozen Texas metro areas to rank among America’s fastest growing cities. Due both to natural increase — the number of births less the number of deaths — and migration, there are about 365,000 more people living in San Antonio-New Braunfels than there were in 2010, a 17.0% increase.
21. Fargo, ND-MN
> 2010-2018 pop. growth: +17.2% (36,021)
> 2018 unemployment: 2.9%
> 2010-2018 employment change: +16.1% (+18,946)
> Median household income: $59,074
Fargo is the only metro area in the Midwest to rank among the fastest growing cities in the United States. Due to both a greater number of births than deaths and a net influx of over 20,000 new residents, Fargo is now home to over 36,000 more residents than it was eight years ago, a 17.2% population growth.
Job growth has more or less kept pace with the growing population. There are 16.1% more jobs in Fargo today than there were in 2010, and the metro area’s 2.9% unemployment rate is considerably lower than the 3.9% national unemployment rate.