Special Report

America's Fastest Growing Cities

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15. Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL
> 2010-2018 pop. growth: +18.1% (42,718)
> 2018 unemployment: 3.0%
> 2010-2018 employment change: +45.3% (+33,773)
> Median household income: $57,421

Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin is a metro area of just under 300,000 in Florida’s panhandle. In the last eight years, the metro area’s population grew by 18.1%, well above Florida’s 13.0% growth rate and the U.S. 5.8% population growth over the same period. As is often the case in rapidly growing metro area, a natural population growth partially contributed to population growth in Crestview, but the change was primarily attributable to positive net migration.

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14. Boise City, ID
> 2010-2018 pop. growth: +18.2% (112,557)
> 2018 unemployment: 3.3%
> 2010-2018 employment change: +22.1% (+55,335)
> Median household income: $54,120

Boise City is the only metro area in Idaho and one of only four in the Western United States to rank on this list. Boise City is now home to 112,557 more people compared to eight years ago, an 18.2% population growth. Boise’s job market has also surged over the same period, with employment climbing 22.1% since 2010 and a metro area annual unemployment rate of 3.3%. Nationwide, employment grew by 12.5% in the last eight years and 3.9% of the labor force is unemployed.

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13. Odessa, TX
> 2010-2018 pop. growth: +18.3% (25,041)
> 2018 unemployment: 2.7%
> 2010-2018 employment change: +19.8% (+11,722)
> Median household income: $59,528

Odessa, Texas, gained a net of over 25,000 more residents since 2010. The 18.3% eight-year population growth was the third largest in Texas and the 13th largest nationwide over that period. Unlike most cities on this list that grew primarily due to new residents moving in, the bulk of Odessa’s growth was attributable to natural change. Though positive net migration also contributed, there were over 13,000 more births than deaths in the west Texas metro area since 2010.

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12. Daphne-Fairhope-Foley, AL
> 2010-2018 pop. growth: +19.1% (34,911)
> 2018 unemployment: 3.7%
> 2010-2018 employment change: +23.8% (+13,859)
> Median household income: $52,562

Of the 25 fastest growing American cities, 18 are located in the South, and Daphne-Fairhope-Foley is one of them. The only metro area in Alabama to make this list, the metro area’s population grew by 19.1% in the last eight years, compared to the state’s 2.1% population growth and the national 5.8% population growth. The vast majority — over 95% — of the metro area’s net population growth of 35,000 was from new residents moving in.

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11. Provo-Orem, UT
> 2010-2018 pop. growth: +19.5% (103,511)
> 2018 unemployment: 2.8%
> 2010-2018 employment change: +40.6% (+67,593)
> Median household income: $66,742

Driven mostly by natural population growth — births out numbering deaths — Utah’s population grew by a staggering 13.9% over the last eight years, more than any other state. In Provo-Orem, a metro area less than 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, the population growth has been even more rapid. In the last eight years, the metro area added a net of 103,511 new residents, a 19.5% population growth. As was the case across Utah, the majority of the population increase in the Provo metro area was attributable to births vastly outnumbering deaths.

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