The 25 fastest-growing cities in America, ranked

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Texas is home to six of the cities on this list. Austin is pictured above. Sean Pavone/Shutterstock
  • WalletHub determined which US cities are currently seeing the most rapid economic growth.
  • The October study analysed 515 cities of different population sizes based on 17 metrics that measure a city’s performance over a seven-year period.
  • The 17 metrics, which included population growth and median household income, were weighted to create a final score between 0 and 100 for each city.
  • The list singles out the South and the West as the fastest-growing regions in the country.
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Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many are ditching giant hubs like New York City and San Francisco and looking to shack up elsewhere.

Rapid economic growth plays a key part in what makes up-and-coming cities attractive potential landing spots.WalletHub recently analysed 515 US cities to identify the locales that experienced the highest levels of economic growth over the last seven years.

Each city received a final growth score between 0 and 100 based on 17 relevant metrics. The metrics fell into categories representing sociodemographics or jobs and economy, including: population growth; college-educated population growth; job growth; median household income growth; growth in homes with $US75,000+ annual income; unemployment rate; increase in number of businesses; and growth in regional GDP per capita.

The 25 cities that scored the highest are scattered across 10 states, all of which are either clustered in the South or the West. Texas leads the list, appearing six times; Florida is close behind, with five cities ranked among the top 25.

Keep reading for a look at the fastest-growing US cities. They are ranked below in ascending order of final score.


25. Tempe, Arizona

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Tempe is a city outside of Phoenix, Arizona, which is pictured above. miroslav_1/Getty Images

Total score: 64.27

Job and economy rank: 127

Tempe has a population of 195,805. It is just east of Phoenix. It is home to Arizona State University.


24. Concord, North Carolina

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Concord is just outside of Charlotte, which is pictured here. digidreamgrafix/Shutterstock

Total score: 64.85

Job and economy rank: 128

Concord, best known as a suburb of Charlotte, has a population of 96,000. According to the Triad Business Journal, the largest employers in the area are Spectrum, Walmart Inc., and Atrium Health.


23. Spring Valley, Nevada

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Spring Valley, Nevada. Shutterstock

Total score: 66.36

Job and economy rank: 83

Spring Valley has a population of nearly 200,000 and sits right between Las Vegas and Red Rock Canyon.


22. North Charleston, South Carolina

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North Charleston, South Carolina. Robert Loe/Getty Images

Total score: 66.45

Job and economy rank: 64

North Charleston has a population of 115,182. The area, just north of what is considered Charleston proper, is home to a Boeing factory.


21. Lehigh Acres, Florida

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Lehigh Acres is part of the Fort Myers metro area, which is pictured above. Danny Caro/Shutterstock

Total score: 66.84

Job and economy rank: 13

Lehigh Acres is a predominantly residential area near Fort Myers and Cape Coral, which are also on this list. It has a population of nearly 119,000.


20. College Station, Texas

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Texas A&M, which is located in College Station, Texas. Tricia Daniels/Shutterstock

Total score: 67.29

Job and economy ranking: 62

The focal point of College Station is Texas A&M University, which houses the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. It has a population of 117,000.


19. Murfreesburo, Tennessee

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee James Becker/Shutterstock

Total score: 67.38

Job and economy rank: 121

Murfreesburo, typically recognised for its Civil War history, is southwest of Nashville and has a population of 146,900.


18. Irvine, California

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Irvine, California. Davel5957/Getty Images

Total score: 67.42

Job and economy rank: 203

Irvine has a population of nearly 287,000. Irvine’s typical home values, Business Insider previously reported, are approaching $US1 million.


17. Midland, Texas

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Midland, Texas. Joe Raedle/Shutterstock

Total score: 67.62

Job and economy rank: 50

Midland is in West Texas, between Forth Worth and El Paso, and has a population of 146,000. Midland has always been an oil city, and in 2016, it was even the highest-earning metro area in the US.


16. Sugar Land, Texas

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Sugarland, Texas. Alizad Studios/Shutterstock

Total score: 67.91

Job and economy rank: 289

Just southwest of Houston, Sugar Land has a population of 118,488.


15. Port Saint Lucie, Florida

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An aerial shot of Port Saint Lucie. Felix Mizioznikov/Shutterstock

Total score: 67.92

Job and economy rank: 2

Southeastern Florida city Port Saint Lucie has a population just over 200,000.


14. Cape Coral, Florida

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Total score: 68.08

Job and economy rank: 4

Cape Coral is adjacent to Fort Myers, which is also on this list, and has a population of 194,495.Business Insider previously reported that Cape Coral has a high percentage of vacation homes.


13. Chino, California

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Homes in San Bernardino County, California, where Chino is located. Steve Proehl/Getty Images

Total score: 69.61

Job and economy ranking: 25

Chino has a population of 94,000. It’s in San Bernardino County, roughly 50 miles east of Los Angeles.


12. Henderson, Nevada

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Henderson, Nevada. Shutterstock

Total score: 69.61

Job and economy ranking: 25

Henderson has a population of just over 320,000. It sits outside of Las Vegas.


11. McKinney, Texas

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McKinney is located just north of Plano, which is pictured here. Shutterstock

Total score: 69.04

Job and economy ranking: 188

McKinney has a population of nearly 200,000 and is roughly 30 miles from Dallas. It also has the most expensive high school football stadium in the country – it cost $US70 million to build and seats 12,000.


10. Nampa, Idaho

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Nampa is 20 miles outside of Boise, pictured above. benedek/Getty Images

Total score: 69.13

Job and economy rank: 8

Nampa has a population of nearly 100,000. It sits just 20 miles west of Boise. The entire state is enjoying a population boom amid the pandemic.


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9. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Shutterstock

Total score: 69.52

Job and Economy rank: 65

Mount Pleasant, just across the bridge from Charleston, has a population just over 91,684.According to the Post and Courier, that’s a 27.5% increase since 2010.


8. Round Rock, Texas

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Round Rock, Texas. Getty Images

Total score: 70.72

Job and economy rank: 57

With a population of 133,372, Round Rock is a part of the greater Austin metropolitan area.


7. Town ‘n’ Country, Florida

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Town ‘n’ Country sits just outside of Tampa, Florida. Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Total score: 70.95

Job and economy ranking: 341

Town ‘n’ Country has a population just under 80,000. It is right outside Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County.


6. Frisco, Texas

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The 91-acre campus of the Dallas Cowboys is located in Frisco, Texas. Dorti/Shutterstock

Total score: 71.54

Job and economy ranking: 241

Frisco is part of the Dallas metro area and has a population of 200,419. The area has emerged as a popular haven amid the pandemic, with thousands moving there over the past few months.


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5. Enterprise, Nevada

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An aerial shot of Enterprise, Nevada. A Dessert Dweller/Shutterstock

Total score: 74.01

Job and economy ranking: 118

Enterprise has a population just over 108,000. It is near Las Vegas and Business Insider previously reported that 7.04% of the homes in the area are secondary homes.


4. Milpitas, California

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An aerial shot of Milpitas, California. Shutterstock

Total score: 77.78

Job and economy rank: 5

Milpitas, a small California city located between San Jose and Fremont, has a population of 84,196.


3. Meridian, Idaho

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Meridian, Idaho. Shutterstock

Total score: 78.8

Job and economy rank: 76

Meridian, the third-largest city in Idaho, has a population of 114,161. The city’s motto is “Built for business, designed for living.”


2. Bend, Oregon

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An aerial shot of Bend, Oregon. Mike Albright Photography/Shutterstock

Total score: 79.04

Job and economy rank: 3

Bend has a population nearing 100,421, and its long-term growth has been impressive. Bend had a population of 52,000 almost 20 years ago, according to the 2000 census.


1. Fort Myers, Florida

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A street in Fort Myers, Florida. Gabriele Maltinti/Shutterstock

Total score: 80.36

Job and economy ranking: 1

Fort Myers, a popular beach home destination, has a population of 87,103 and serves as the headquarters of the women’s retailer Chico’s and the clinical laboratory Neogenomics.