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These 25 Cities Have Grown the Most Since 2010

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15. Fort Myers, Florida
> Population growth 2010-2018 18.3%
> Population in 2010 (Census) 62,298
> Population in 2018 (Census) 73,712

Fort Myers, Florida, one of the places hit badly by the housing crisis beginning in 2007, has resumed its growth. Fort Myers emphasizes its public amenities, cultural diversity and proactive and sustainable business environment. Retail and healthcare are the biggest employment sectors in the southwestern Florida city.

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14. Santa Clarita, California
> Population growth 2010-2018 18.8%
> Population in 2010 (Census) 176,320
> Population in 2018 (Census) 209,489

Santa Clarita, California, is about 32 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The city prides itself on being ranked among the safest communities in the nation and provides economic incentives for businesses to locate there. Among the industries located in Santa Clarita are film production, aerospace manufacturing, and biomedical.

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13. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
> Population growth 2010-2018 18.9%
> Population in 2010 (Census) 67,843
> Population in 2018 (Census) 80,661

Since aerospace company Boeing opened an assembly plant in North Charleston, South Carolina in 2009, Mount Pleasant, 19 miles to the east, has felt the aftershocks. Population has soared, rents have increased, and home prices have leaped. Residents have become concerned about too much growth and Mount Pleasant has placed a moratorium on apartment construction. The jobless rate in Mount Pleasant fell to 1.2% in September from 4.5% in January 2015.

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12. Lake Elsinore, California
> Population growth 2010-2018 20.1%
> Population in 2010 (Census) 51,821
> Population in 2018 (Census) 62,229

Lake Elsinore, California, makes business outreach a priority., Located 69 miles southeast of Los Angeles on a 3,000-acre freshwater lake, the city was a resort destination beginning in the late 19th century. It touts its access to freeways, availability of industrial and commercial land, and outreach to businesses. An economic development plan crafted in 2015 said in order for Lake Elsinore to boost is potential, it had to increase access to the lake; add office, health care and industrial space; and open more restaurants.

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11. Irvine, California
> Population growth 2010-2018 21.0%
> Population in 2010 (Census) 212,375
> Population in 2018 (Census) 256,877

Irvine was already a large city in 2000, with over 143,000 residents. Young adults, those aged 21 to 34 years old, comprise a growing share of the population at nearly 25%. The population boom in Irvine, as well as much of the surrounding Southern California area, has been spurred by international immigration, according to the Southern California Association of Governments.

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