Special Report

America’s Fastest Growing Cities

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20. Coeur d’Alene, ID
> 2010-2019 pop. change: +19.7% (+27,231)
> 2010-2019 median home value increase: 56.9% — 36th highest out of 383 MSAs
> 2010-2019 employment increase: 25.9% — 30th highest out of 383 MSAs
> 2019 unemployment: 3.6% — 189th lowest out of 383 MSAs

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is one of several western metro areas to report a near nation-leading population increase between 2010 and 2019. Due primarily to new residents moving in, the local population climbed by nearly 20% — from 138,500 in 2010 to 165,700 in 2019. The bulk of those new residents moved to the area in the last half decade.

The influx is likely contributing to higher property values. The typical area home is now worth $306,900, 56.9% more than the local median home value in 2010.

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19. Naples-Marco Island, FL
> 2010-2019 pop. change: +19.7% (+63,380)
> 2010-2019 median home value increase: 45.1% — 68th highest out of 383 MSAs
> 2010-2019 employment increase: 36.3% — 8th highest out of 383 MSAs
> 2019 unemployment: 3.1% — 115th lowest out of 383 MSAs

The Naples-Marco Island metro area, located in the southern part of Florida along the Gulf coast, is one of several metro areas in the state to rank among the fastest growing in the country. As of 2019, there were 384,900 people living in the metro area, a 19.7% increase from 2010.

Like many metro areas drawing in new residents, Naples has a relatively strong job market. Just 3.1% of the labor force were out of work in 2019, below the comparable 3.7% national unemployment rate.

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18. Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL
> 2010-2019 pop. change: +20.4% (+122,704)
> 2010-2019 median home value increase: 47.3% — 63rd highest out of 383 MSAs
> 2010-2019 employment increase: 20.4% — 58th highest out of 383 MSAs
> 2019 unemployment: 3.7% — 215th lowest out of 383 MSAs

The Lakeland-Winter Haven metro area is located in central Florida just east of Tampa. Like the nearby Sarasota and Naples metro areas, Lakeland is growing rapidly. Driven almost entirely by migration, the number of people living in the metro area climbed by 122,700, or 20.4%, between 2010 and 2019.

Preliminary reports show that Florida’s popularity as a place to live has only grown since the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent months, Florida has been gaining an average of nearly 1,000 new residents per day. For many who move there, the absence of a state income tax and the climate are major pull factors.

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17. Charleston-North Charleston, SC
> 2010-2019 pop. change: +20.7% (+137,477)
> 2010-2019 median home value increase: 38.2% — 93rd highest out of 383 MSAs
> 2010-2019 employment increase: 29.9% — 17th highest out of 383 MSAs
> 2019 unemployment: 2.4% — 14th lowest out of 383 MSAs

Charleston, South Carolina, is one of only 18 U.S. metro areas where population growth between 2010 and 2019 exceeded 20%. Largely due to new residents moving in, population growth has been steady in the coastal metro area.

One of the primary reasons Americans move is for job opportunities, and in Charleston, unemployment is low. Just 2.4% of the labor force were out of work in 2019, well below the 3.7% national jobless rate.

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16. Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL
> 2010-2019 pop. change: +20.7% (+48,939)
> 2010-2019 median home value increase: 33.6% — 125th highest out of 383 MSAs
> 2010-2019 employment increase: 19.0% — 66th highest out of 383 MSAs
> 2019 unemployment: 2.7% — 53rd lowest out of 383 MSAs

The Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin metro area, located in Florida’s panhandle, is home to about 285,000 people, 20.7% more than in 2010. Of the seven Florida metro areas with population growth of 19% or higher, Crestview is the only one located on the panhandle.

The local job market has remained relatively strong in the area in the last decade. As of 2019, just 2.7% of the local labor force were out of work, well below the comparable 3.7% national unemployment rate. Even in 2010, the local unemployment rate of 8.6% was a full percentage point below the national rate.