Geography

6 fastest-growing cities in the U.S.

“A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams,” and also its population size—actually, definitely its population size.

The urban American landscape is one of constant flux with pushes from industrial and economic shifts as well as booming job growth from large cities pouring over into suburbs. It’s no surprise that the fastest growing U.S. cities are not the largest ones but rather, smaller towns accommodating shifts from elsewhere in their state. Texas takes four of the six top spots for fastest-growing U.S. cities as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau.

6. Georgetown, Texas

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Thirty miles from Austin sits the sixth-fastest growing city in the United States. With a population of 70,685, Georgetown, Texas, is also known as the Red Poppy capital for its abundance of the wildflower. The annual Red Poppy Festival attracts an estimated 30,000 visitors annually. The home of Southwestern University saw a 5.4 percent increase in population in 2017.

5. Buckeye, Arizona

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Buckeye, Arizona, takes its moniker from the canal it sits on that connects to Ohio. Its home climate of the Sonoran desert experiences toasty summers and warm winters with a record high of 125 °F. The 2017 census revealed Buckeye as the fifth-fastest growing city in the U.S. with demographics spread out and a majority (53 percent) between ages 18 to 64.

4. Ankeny, Iowa

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In 2015, the city of Ankeny’s estimated growth was placed at 5 persons per day, and it hasn’t slowed since. With a population of 62,416, Ankeny experienced a 6.4 percent growth rate between 2016 and 2017. This suburb just north of Des Moines started its early days as a coal-mining town but has seen rapid commercial expansion over the past two decades.

3. Pflugerville, Texas

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Pflugerville is another suburb of Austin experiencing rapid growth. The less-than-delicate city name is derived from the German word “pfluger,” which translates to "ploughman," after the first settlers in the area. The year 2017 saw a 6.5 percent increase in population to 63,359. The city was hit hard during the Great Depression and didn’t see a resurgence until the 1960s, culminating in its rapid development throughout the 80s. Since the 90s, the suburb has doubled in size with continued growth and commerce.

2. New Braunfels, Texas

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The silver medal for fastest-growing U.S. city goes to New Braunfels of the Greater San Antonio area of Texas. The city holds an annual “Wurstfest” celebrating its German heritage with ample sausage and song. With a population of 79,152, New Braunfels saw an 8 percent population increase in 2017 with further projected growth. It’s also home to the Gruene Historical district, where one can venture to dine in the ruins of the gristmill or listen to live music at Gruene hall.

1. Frisco, Texas

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At the top of the list, Frisco takes the cake for fastest-growing city. It’s a title that’s only too familiar to Frisco as it took the same spot for nine years consecutively from 2000-2009. Frisco is the largest rapidly-growing city with a population of 177,286 and a growth rate of 8.2 percent in 2017. Frisco’s growth started in the 90s when the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex began to encroach upon its northern border and has been booming ever since. The city is home to many of Dallas’s professional athletic teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and the Dallas Stars. Like many Texas suburbs, retail industries are seeing a boom in the city, and it is also home to the University of Dallas.