You would think that the fastest growing cities in the United States would be concentrated in places like the East Coast or Silicon Valley, the kinds of destinations that youngsters daydream about when they picture their lives after college. As it turns out, all roads appear to lead to Texas, as a whopping half of the nation’s ten fastest-growing cities are situated in the great Lone Star State.
According to a recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau, which analyzed data from July 1, 2015, to July 1, 2016, the small city of Conroe, TX, experienced a larger population boom than any other city in the country. Whereas the average jurisdiction grew by about 0.7 percent throughout the year, Conroe increased its population by 7.8 percent, exceeding the national average 11 times over.
Here’s the full list:
1. Conroe, TX – 7.8 percent
2. Frisco, TX – 6.2 percent
3. McKinney, TX – 5.9 percent
4. Greenville, SC – 5.8 percent
5. Georgetown, TX – 5.5 percent
6. Bend, OR – 4.9 percent
7. Buckeye, AZ – 4.8 percent
8. Bonita Springs, FL – 4.8 percent
9. New Braunfels, TX – 4.7 percent
10. Murfreesboro, TN – 4.7 percent
While growth along the coasts has remained relatively stagnant due to sky-high property prices and a limited amount of developable land in the most desirable population hubs, the South has become an increasingly attractive destination for college grads and young families alike thanks to reasonable home prices, lower taxes, reasonable cost of living, and a warmer climate.
Much of the growth in Texas seems to be concentrated in the suburbs: Frisco and McKinney are located within 30 miles of Dallas, Georgetown is just outside of Austin, and New Braunfels is nearly part of San Antonio’s greater metropolitan area. Typically, these areas are much cheaper to live in than their adjacent city centers but still offer a relatively close proximity to the amenities that a city provides.