20. Bend, Oregon
> Population growth 2000-2018: 67.5%
> Population in 2000 (Census): 52,029
> Population in 2010 (Census): 76,639
> Population in 2018 (5-yr ACS): 87,167
Bend is the only place in Oregon to rank among the fastest growing cities that had a population of at least 50,000 as of 2000. Bend added 24,000 more residents from 2000 to 2010. Growth has slowed in the years since, as the expanding population led to higher rents, which forced some lower-income residents to move elsewhere, according to a local economic development group.
19. Cary, North Carolina
> Population growth 2000-2018: 68.9%
> Population in 2000 (Census): 94,536
> Population in 2010 (Census): 135,234
> Population in 2018 (5-yr ACS): 159,715
Cary, North Carolina, is part of the Research Triangle, an area surrounded by three major research universities. With so many skilled college graduates in the area, many agriculture, technology, and advanced manufacturing companies both started and moved to the Triangle. This may be one of the reasons for Cary’s nearly 69% population growth from 2000 to 2018 — adding a total of more than 65,000 residents.
18. Cape Coral, Florida
> Population growth 2000-2018: 69.8%
> Population in 2000 (Census): 102,286
> Population in 2010 (Census): 154,305
> Population in 2018 (5-yr ACS): 173,679
One of three Florida cities to rank among the fastest growing, Cape Coral has grown by more than 71,000 people since 2000, a nearly 70% increase in the city’s population. The southwestern Florida city is bordered by the ocean and wildlife preserves.
17. San Marcos, California
> Population growth 2000-2018: 70.1%
> Population in 2000 (Census): 54,977
> Population in 2010 (Census): 83,781
> Population in 2018 (5-yr ACS): 93,493
San Marcos, California, is one of just a handful of cities that had a population of over 50,000 in 2000 and that experienced population growth of more than 70% since. Located between San Diego and another city on this list, Temecula, San Marcos is within driving distance from the ocean, mountains, lakes, and forest reserves.
16. Nampa, Idaho
> Population growth 2000-2018: 72.7%
> Population in 2000 (Census): 51,867
> Population in 2010 (Census): 81,557
> Population in 2018 (5-yr ACS): 89,576
The only Idaho city to rank among the fastest growing in the country, Nampa’s population grew by more than 37,000 people from 2000 to 2018, an increase of more than 72.7%. After the city added more than 3,000 people from 2000 to 2010, Nampa’s growth tapered off, about 8,000 new residents since.
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