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2014's Fastest Growing Cities

Written by Richie Bernardo.  Published Thursday, September 25, 2014 on Wallethub.com.

Some cities have it all: the jobs, the schools, the museums, the nightlife, you name it. They know the recipe for attractiveness. People come, and they stay — sometimes for good. But other cities like Detroit are still mired in recession. Chances of soon turning upward are slim. And their most productive citizens, an economy's best chance of recovery, search for greener pastures.

In 2013, the United States experienced its lowest population gain since the Great Depression. Growth stood at .72 percent, largely in contrast with the 5 percent of the 1990s, a period of prosperity. Demographer William H. Frey of the Brookings Institution attributed the decline to the economic downturn. Not only did the crisis deter job-seeking migrants from flocking to the U.S., but it also discouraged couples from having children. Meanwhile, movement took place domestically. Population numbers shifted. Some cities grew while others pushed out even more residents.

 

WalletHub identified the cities that have expanded most rapidly in socio-economic terms between 2008 and 2013. We analyzed 516 U.S. cities of varying sizes across 10 key metrics, ranging from population growth rate to unemployment rate decrease. The results of our study, as well as additional insight from experts and a detailed methodology, can be found below.

Overall Rank

Large City Name

Medium-Size City Name

Small City Name

1 Austin, TX Irving, TX Mission, TX
2 Fort Worth, TX North Charleston, SC Edinburg, TX
3 New Orleans, LA East Los Angeles, CA Springdale, AR
4 Denver, CO Murfreesboro, TN Pharr, TX
5 San Antonio, TX San Angelo, TX Concord, NC
6 Corpus Christi, TX Grand Prairie, TX Greenville, NC
7 Washington, DC Columbia, MO Asheville, NC
8 Bakersfield, CA Charleston, SC League City, TX
9 Oklahoma City, OK Frisco, TX New Rochelle, NY
10 Columbus, OH Killeen, TX Lynn, MA
11 Omaha, NE Round Rock, TX Bryan, TX
12 Nashville, TN Odessa, TX Redwood City, CA
13 El Paso, TX Midland, TX Allen, TX
14 Portland, OR College Station, TX Missoula, MT
15 Minneapolis, MN Clarksville, TN Trenton, NJ
16 Pittsburgh, PA Fargo, ND Clovis, CA
17 Houston, TX Oxnard, CA North Richland Hills, Texas
18 Raleigh, NC Fremont, CA Indio, CA
19 Anchorage, AK Fayetteville, NC Clifton, NJ
20 Seattle, WA Waco, TX Manteca, CA
21 Aurora, CO Laredo, TX Lawrence, MA
22 Philadelphia, PA Pearland, TX Tuscaloosa, AL
23 Oakland, CA Santa Clara, CA Union City, NJ
24 Louisville, KY Amarillo, TX Rapid City, SD
25 San Jose, CA McKinney, TX Muncie, IN
26 Dallas, TX Columbia, MD Mountain View, CA
27 Miami, FL Bridgeport, CT Wyoming, MI
28 Fresno, CA Greensboro, NC Bloomington, MN
29 Boston, MA Saint Paul, MN Brooklyn Park, MN
30 San Francisco, CA Brandon, FL Passaic, NJ
31 Charlotte, NC Savannah, GA Scranton, PA
32 Kansas City, MO Columbia, SC Duluth, MN
33 Cleveland, OH Lewisville, TX Bloomington, IN
34 Baltimore, MD Fort Collins, CO Lawrence, KS
35 Colorado Springs, CO Sunnyvale, CA Fayetteville, AR
36 San Diego, CA Richmond, VA Somerville, MA
37 Lexington, KY Lubbock, TX Meridian, ID
38 Albuquerque, NM Grand Rapids, MI New Bedford, MA
39 Santa Ana, CA Denton, TX O Fallon, MO
40 Arlington, TX Kent, WA Canton, OH
41 Tampa, FL Costa Mesa, CA Deerfield Beach, FL
42 Anaheim, CA Durham, NC Bellingham, WA
43 Tulsa, OK San Mateo, CA Santa Barbara, CA
44 New York, NY Tyler, TX Quincy, MA
45 Honolulu, HI Miramar, FL Saint Cloud, MN
46 Jacksonville, FL Antioch, CA Iowa City, IA
46 Riverside, CA Cedar Rapids, IA Edmond, OK
48 Detroit, MI Norman, OK Saint Joseph, MO
49 Los Angeles, CA Brownsville, TX Boynton Beach, FL
50 Chicago, IL Sioux Falls, SD Carmel, IN
51 Saint Louis, MO Wilmington, NC Hammond, IN
52 Atlanta, GA Las Cruces, NM Gastonia, NC
53 Memphis, TN Daly City, CA New Britain, CT
54 Virginia Beach, VA Boulder, CO Palm Coast, FL
55 Indianapolis, IN Murrieta, CA Fishers, IN
56 Long Beach, CA Orlando, FL Sugar Land, TX
57 Phoenix, AZ Bellevue, WA San Leandro, CA
58 Wichita, KS Cambridge, MA Albany, NY
59 Tucson, AZ Gilbert, AZ Mount Pleasant, SC
60 Milwaukee, WI Elk Grove, CA Boca Raton, FL
61 Sacramento, CA Pomona, CA Bloomington, IL
62 Las Vegas, NV Lafayette, LA Rock Hill, SC
63 Mesa, AZ McAllen, TX Hawthorne, CA
64   Madison, WI Kalamazoo, MI
65   Norfolk, VA Town 'n' Country, FL
66   Lowell, MA Plantation, FL
67   Tallahassee, FL Suffolk, VA
68   Aurora, IL Cheektowaga, NY
69   Enterprise, NV Greeley, CO
70   Jersey City, NJ Cranston, RI
71   Kansas City, KS Hemet, CA
72   Hollywood, FL Alhambra, CA
73   Roseville, CA Norwalk, CT
74   Clearwater, FL San Marcos, CA
75   Lincoln, NE Waterloo, IA
76   Winston-Salem, NC Livonia, MI
77   Chula Vista, CA Chico, CA
78   Rochester, NY Livermore, CA
79   Salinas, CA Camden, NJ
80   Rochester, MN Warwick, RI
81   Hayward, CA Largo, FL
82   Huntsville, AL Reading, PA
83   Providence, RI Fort Myers, FL
84   Fort Lauderdale, FL Longmont, CO
85   Worcester, MA Toms River, NJ
86   Plano, TX Apple Valley, CA
87   Green Bay, WI Eau Claire, WI
88   Salem, OR Loveland, CO
89   Pasadena, CA Union City, CA
90   Warren, MI Lake Forest, CA
91   Ventura, CA Nampa, ID
92   Surprise, AZ Farmington, MI
93   Santa Maria, CA Layton, UT
94   West Palm Beach, FL Milpitas, CA
95   Billings, MT Fort Smith, AR
96   Arvada, CO Roanoke, VA
97   Thousand Oaks, CA South Gate, CA
98   Fontana, CA Redondo Beach, CA
99   Buffalo, NY Cicero, IL
100   Allentown, PA Yakima, WA
101   Tacoma, WA Buena Park, CA
102   Arlington, VA Mission Viejo, CA
103   Berkeley, CA Mount Vernon, NY
104   Temecula, CA Turlock, CA
105   Cary, NC Flower Mound, TX
106   Yonkers, NY Vista, CA
107   Abilene, TX Rio Rancho, NM
108   Syracuse, NY Tracy, CA
109   Everett, WA Lynchburg, VA
110   Downey, CA Framingham, MA
111   Olathe, KS Beaverton, OR
112   Palmdale, CA Lawton, OK
113   Augusta, GA Brockton, MA
114   High Point, NC Vacaville, CA
115   Thornton, CO Merced, CA
116   Newark, NJ Westminster, CA
117   Des Moines, IA Kenner, LA
118   Richardson, TX Lynwood, CA
119   Metairie, LA Upland, CA
120   Eugene, OR Medford, OR
121   Port Saint Lucie, FL Sioux City, IA
122   Independence, MO Miami Beach, FL
123   Rialto, CA Melbourne, FL
124   Columbus, GA Baldwin Park, CA
125   Knoxville, TN Compton, CA
126   Gresham, OR Lake Charles, LA
127   Dayton, OH Newton, MA
128   Elgin, IL Sunrise, FL
129   Santa Rosa, CA Jacksonville, NC
130   Erie, PA Sandy Springs, GA
131   Rancho Cucamonga, CA Federal Way, WA
132   Irvine, CA Arlington Heights, IL
133   Reno, NV Danbury, CT
134   Oceanside, CA Racine, WI
135   Toledo, OH Lorain, OH
136   Pasadena, TX Weston, FL
137   Hartford, CT Pawtucket, RI
138   Paradise, NV Sparks, NV
139   Athens-Clarke, GA Appleton, WI
140   Salt Lake City, UT Napa, CA
141   Mesquite, TX Avondale, AZ
142   Visalia, CA Parma, OH
143   Highlands Ranch, CO Schaumburg, IL
144   Davenport, IA Bethlehem, PA
145   Beaumont, TX Santa Monica, CA
146   Overland Park, KS Waukesha, WI
147   Saint Petersburg, FL Davie, FL
148   Little Rock, AR Dothan, AL
149   Gainesville, FL Wilmington, DE
150   Springfield, MO Bend, OR
151   Garland, TX Gulfport, MS
152   Baton Rouge, LA Whittier, CA
153   Hialeah, FL Redlands, CA
154   Lansing, MI Hillsboro, OR
155   Manchester, NH Waukegan, IL
156   Rockford, IL Folsom, CA
157   Simi Valley, CA Bolingbrook, IL
158   West Covina, CA Rochester, MI
159   Victorville, CA Youngstown, OH
160   Ann Arbor, MI Ellicott City, MD
161   Torrance, CA Ogden, UT
162   Spring Hill, FL Alameda, CA
163   Boise, ID Longview, TX
164   El Cajon, CA Hoover, AL
165   Cincinnati, OH Missouri City, TX
166   West Valley, UT Chino Hills, CA
167   Lehigh Acres, FL Santa Fe, NM
168   Carlsbad, CA Flint, MI
169   Broken Arrow, OK Sandy, UT
170   Cape Coral, FL Saint George, UT
171   Stockton, CA Tustin, CA
172   Chesapeake, VA Champaign, IL
173   New Haven, CT Silver Spring, MD
174   Fullerton, CA Spokane Valley, WA
175   Carrollton, TX Orem, UT
176   Alexandria, VA Bellflower, CA
177   Springfield, IL Dearborn, MI
178   Peoria, IL Lauderhill, FL
179   Joliet, IL Chino, CA
180   Pueblo, CO Arden-Arcade, CA
181   Shreveport, LA Gary, IN
182   Springfield, MA Plymouth, MN
183   Chandler, AZ Kenosha, WI
184   Pembroke Pines, FL Roswell, GA
185   Palm Bay, FL Deltona, FL
186   Akron, OH Troy, MI
187   Moreno Valley, CA East Orange, NJ
188   Sterling Heights, MI Portsmouth, VA
189   Lakeland, FL Lees Summit, MO
190   Modesto, CA Pleasanton, CA
191   Evansville, IN Citrus Heights, CA
192   Garden Grove, CA Albany, GA
193   Pompano Beach, FL Yuma, AZ
194   San Bernardino, CA Carson, CA
195   West Jordan, UT Baytown, TX
196   Birmingham, AL Westland, MI
197   Mobile, AL Evanston, IL
198   Escondido, CA Newport Beach, CA
199   Chattanooga, TN Decatur, IL
200   Westminster, CO Hesperia, CA
201   Topeka, KS Fall River, MA
202   Wichita Falls, TX Lakewood, CA
203   Orange, CA Palatine, IL
204   Stamford, CT Redding, CA
205   Ontario, CA Southfield, MI
206   El Monte, CA Nashua, NH
207   Provo, UT Macon, GA
208   Tempe, AZ Yorba Linda, CA
209   Spring Valley, NV Kendall, FL
210   Vancouver, WA Skokie, IL
211   Elizabeth, NJ  
212   Fairfield, CA  
213   Montgomery, AL  
214   Concord, CA  
215   Richmond, CA  
216   South Bend, IN  
217   Jackson, MS  
218   Corona, CA  
219   Paterson, NJ  
220   Peoria, AZ  
221   Lakewood, CO  
222   Norwalk, CA  
223   Santa Clarita, CA  
224   Lancaster, CA  
225   Newport News, VA  
226   Spokane, WA  
227   Huntington Beach, CA  
228   Scottsdale, AZ  
229   Henderson, NV  
230   Vallejo, CA  
231   Naperville, IL  
232   Burbank, CA  
233   Miami Gardens, FL  
234   Fort Wayne, IN  
235   Glendale, CA  
236   Coral Springs, FL  
237   Hampton, VA  
238   North Las Vegas, NV  
239   Centennial, CO  
240   Glendale, AZ  
241   Waterbury, CT  
242   Inglewood, CA  
243   Sunrise Manor, NV  
 
 
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