Santa Clarita 20th among Wallet Hubs 2019’s Fastest-Growing Cities in America.

Los Angeles, Calif. – Experts might not agree on the “best” or the “right” recipe for rapid economic growth, but some cities know the key ingredients for long-term prosperity better than others. Patterns emerge within those cities, allowing us to identify what factors contribute to a lasting cycle of growth. The South and West currently seem to be attractive places to move, as the U.S. Census Bureau reports eight of the 15 cities with the largest population gains in 2018 were located in the South and six were in the West.

Some cities thrive even through hard economic times while others struggle. To determine where the fastest local economic growth has occurred in the U.S., WalletHub compared 515 cities of varying population sizes based on 17 key measures of both growth and decline over a period of seven years. Our data set ranges from population growth to unemployment rate decrease to growth in regional GDP per capita. Read on for our findings, expert insight from a panel of researchers and a full description of our methodology.

Main Findings

Fastest-Growing Cities in the U.S.

Overall Rank*CityTotal Score‘Sociodemographics’ Rank‘Jobs & Economy’ Rank
1Lehigh Acres, FL82.1153
2Mount Pleasant, SC79.47237
3Bend, OR78.184
4Enterprise, NV76.62665
5Frisco, TX74.253155
6Fort Myers, FL73.881113
7Meridian, ID73.764125
8Saint George, UT72.42252
9Cape Coral, FL71.561911
10Round Rock, TX70.991528
11College Station, TX70.541350
12Murfreesboro, TN69.969122
13McKinney, TX69.2310129
14Midland, TX67.461699
15Austin, TX67.32736
16Concord, NC66.911895
17Milpitas, CA66.543230
18Miami, FL66.543524
19Arden-Arcade, CA66.1112277
20Santa Clarita, CA65.583442
21Sugar Land, TX65.521472
22Spring Valley, NV65.4226121
23Greeley, CO64.7665
24Brandon, FL64.5514288
25Seattle, WA64.5523100
26Chino, CA64.414839
27Pearland, TX64.257349
28Orlando, FL63.1833101
29Indio, CA63.124073
30Spring Hill, FL6328203

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*No. 1 = Fastest-Growing

Ranking by City Size

Rank*Large City Name
(Score)
Rank*Midsize City Name
(Score)
Rank*Small City Name
(Score)
1Austin, TX
(67.30)
1Lehigh Acres, FL
(82.11)
1Mount Pleasant, SC
(79.47)
2Miami, FL
(66.54)
2Enterprise, NV
(76.62)
2Bend, OR
(78.10)
3Seattle, WA
(64.55)
3Frisco, TX
(74.25)
3Fort Myers, FL
(73.88)
4Henderson, NV
(62.92)
4Meridian, ID
(73.76)
4Saint George, UT
(72.42)
5Denver, CO
(62.23)
5Cape Coral, FL
(71.56)
5Concord, NC
(66.91)
6Oakland, CA
(60.61)
6Round Rock, TX
(70.99)
6Milpitas, CA
(66.54)
7Fort Worth, TX
(59.91)
7College Station, TX
(70.54)
7Chino, CA
(64.41)
8Atlanta, GA
(58.70)
8Murfreesboro, TN
(69.96)
8Indio, CA
(63.12)
9Charlotte, NC
(58.39)
9McKinney, TX
(69.23)
9Manteca, CA
(62.53)
10Tampa, FL
(57.27)
10Midland, TX
(67.46)
10Pleasanton, CA
(62.26)
11Phoenix, AZ
(55.72)
11Arden-Arcade, CA
(66.11)
11Redwood City, CA
(60.38)
12Mesa, AZ
(55.70)
12Santa Clarita, CA
(65.58)
12Nampa, ID
(60.29)
13San Francisco, CA
(55.27)
13Sugar Land, TX
(65.52)
13Tracy, CA
(60.05)
14Aurora, CO
(55.02)
14Spring Valley, NV
(65.42)
14Fayetteville, AR
(59.92)
15Raleigh, NC
(54.34)
15Greeley, CO
(64.70)
15Mountain View, CA
(59.91)
16Nashville, TN
(54.12)
16Brandon, FL
(64.55)
16Loveland, CO
(57.76)
17San Jose, CA
(54.03)
17Pearland, TX
(64.25)
17Boca Raton, FL
(56.86)
18Boston, MA
(53.95)
18Orlando, FL
(63.18)
18Bellingham, WA
(56.42)
19Jacksonville, FL
(53.06)
19Spring Hill, FL
(63.00)
19Chino Hills, CA
(56.41)
20Dallas, TX
(52.95)
20Tempe, AZ
(62.85)
20Palm Coast, FL
(56.39)
21Fresno, CA
(51.92)
21Port Saint Lucie, FL
(62.85)
21Springdale, AR
(55.86)
22Sacramento, CA
(51.92)
22Charleston, SC
(62.69)
22Flower Mound, TX
(55.31)
23Portland, OR
(51.86)
23Richardson, TX
(62.18)
23Avondale, AZ
(55.30)
24San Antonio, TX
(51.84)
24Hillsboro, OR
(62.15)
24Longmont, CO
(55.03)
25Las Vegas, NV
(51.64)
25North Charleston, SC
(62.01)
25Hemet, CA
(54.91)
26Washington, DC
(51.60)
26Irvine, CA
(61.84)
26Boynton Beach, FL
(54.87)
27Omaha, NE
(50.50)
27Denton, TX
(61.74)
27Layton, UT
(54.86)
28Riverside, CA
(50.44)
28Thornton, CO
(60.44)
28Edinburg, TX
(54.72)
29Colorado Springs, CO
(50.34)
29Reno, NV
(60.05)
29Lake Charles, LA
(54.29)
30Columbus, OH
(48.99)
30Cary, NC
(59.85)
30Asheville, NC
(54.20)
31Los Angeles, CA
(48.33)
31League City, TX
(59.45)
31Orem, UT
(54.06)
32Stockton, CA
(47.85)
32Clovis, CA
(59.06)
32Melbourne, FL
(53.94)
33Minneapolis, MN
(47.64)
33Roseville, CA
(58.86)
33Somerville, MA
(53.93)
34Anaheim, CA
(47.57)
34Bellevue, WA
(58.81)
34Carmel, IN
(53.56)
35San Diego, CA
(47.11)
35Sparks, NV
(58.68)
35Union City, CA
(53.52)
36Kansas City, MO
(47.07)
36Odessa, TX
(58.17)
36Largo, FL
(53.49)
37Arlington, TX
(46.55)
37Ontario, CA
(58.11)
37Medford, OR
(53.45)
38Santa Ana, CA
(45.62)
38Surprise, AZ
(58.00)
38Apple Valley, CA
(53.04)
39Houston, TX
(44.95)
39Santa Clara, CA
(57.46)
39Santa Fe, NM
(52.77)
40Saint Paul, MN
(44.89)
40San Mateo, CA
(57.42)
40San Marcos, CA
(52.73)
41Cincinnati, OH
(44.65)
41Murrieta, CA
(57.34)
41Fishers, IN
(51.73)
42Long Beach, CA
(44.65)
42Davie, FL
(57.21)
42Livermore, CA
(51.72)
43Oklahoma City, OK
(44.25)
43Fort Collins, CO
(56.78)
43Bloomington, IN
(51.41)
44New Orleans, LA
(43.84)
44Scottsdale, AZ
(56.74)
44Lake Forest, CA
(51.26)
45Bakersfield, CA
(43.45)
45Fontana, CA
(56.70)
45Hawthorne, CA
(51.07)
46Lexington, KY
(43.02)
46Sandy Springs, GA
(56.32)
46Bryan, TX
(51.02)
47Indianapolis, IN
(41.97)
47Arvada, CO
(56.06)
47Deltona, FL
(50.99)
48Philadelphia, PA
(41.82)
48North Las Vegas, NV
(55.90)
48O Fallon, MO
(50.93)
49Louisville, KY
(40.21)
49Fremont, CA
(55.83)
49North Richland Hills, TX
(50.61)
50Corpus Christi, TX
(38.61)
50Gilbert, AZ
(55.67)
50Sunrise, FL
(50.05)
51Chicago, IL
(38.34)
51Sunnyvale, CA
(55.51)
51Sandy, UT
(49.40)
52New York, NY
(36.91)
52Cambridge, MA
(55.24)
52Rock Hill, SC
(49.37)
53Tucson, AZ
(36.16)
53Tacoma, WA
(54.79)
53Spokane Valley, WA
(49.22)
54Detroit, MI
(35.75)
54Grand Rapids, MI
(54.71)
54Upland, CA
(49.13)
55Saint Louis, MO
(35.65)
55Fargo, ND
(54.21)
55Plantation, FL
(49.02)
56El Paso, TX
(35.46)
56Vancouver, WA
(53.99)
56Chico, CA
(48.93)
57Honolulu, HI
(35.40)
57Palm Bay, FL
(53.96)
57Hesperia, CA
(48.90)
58Pittsburgh, PA
(35.39)
58Richmond, VA
(53.95)
58Citrus Heights, CA
(48.68)
59Wichita, KS
(35.26)
59Irving, TX
(53.80)
59Pharr, TX
(48.46)
60Baltimore, MD
(34.92)
60West Palm Beach, FL
(53.79)
60Redding, CA
(48.21)
61Virginia Beach, VA
(34.17)
61Hayward, CA
(53.73)
61Federal Way, WA
(48.21)
62Milwaukee, WI
(33.05)
62Daly City, CA
(53.66)
62Deerfield Beach, FL
(47.87)
63Cleveland, OH
(31.50)
63Richmond, CA
(53.57)
63Yuma, AZ
(47.85)
64Tulsa, OK
(31.45)
64Sioux Falls, SD
(53.42)
64Folsom, CA
(47.22)
65Albuquerque, NM
(31.36)
65Everett, WA
(53.23)
65Gastonia, NC
(47.15)
66Memphis, TN
(28.33)
66Allen, TX
(53.20)
66San Leandro, CA
(47.12)

67Centennial, CO
(53.18)
67Redlands, CA
(46.89)

68Concord, CA
(53.02)
68Rapid City, SD
(46.85)

69Fort Lauderdale, FL
(53.00)
69Turlock, CA
(46.83)

70Lakewood, CO
(52.97)
70Bellflower, CA
(46.81)

71Durham, NC
(52.84)
71Missouri City, TX
(46.74)

72Salem, OR
(52.41)
72Ogden, UT
(46.58)

73Elk Grove, CA
(52.12)
73Baldwin Park, CA
(46.57)

74Temecula, CA
(52.09)
74Baytown, TX
(46.56)

75Moreno Valley, CA
(52.05)
75Lawrence, KS
(46.49)

76Carrollton, TX
(51.88)
76Plymouth, MN
(46.47)

77Clarksville, TN
(51.58)
77Lynwood, CA
(46.46)

78Corona, CA
(51.56)
78Beaverton, OR
(46.46)

79Highlands Ranch, CO
(51.47)
79Alameda, CA
(46.39)

80Hollywood, FL
(51.36)
80Merced, CA
(46.21)

81Lewisville, TX
(50.81)
81Napa, CA
(46.19)

82Pompano Beach, FL
(50.79)
82Silver Spring, MD
(45.45)

83Saint Petersburg, FL
(50.78)
83Buena Park, CA
(45.33)

84Glendale, CA
(50.65)
84Arlington Heights, IL
(45.23)

85Lakeland, FL
(50.43)
85Lynchburg, VA
(45.16)

86Vista, CA
(50.39)
86Roswell, GA
(44.98)

87Vallejo, CA
(50.20)
87Bethlehem, PA
(44.89)

88Eugene, OR
(50.10)
88Edmond, OK
(44.74)

89Antioch, CA
(49.97)
89Brockton, MA
(44.67)

90Waco, TX
(49.86)
90Wyoming, MI
(44.63)

91Modesto, CA
(49.84)
91Rochester, MI
(44.62)

92Peoria, AZ
(49.82)
92Lakewood, CA
(44.56)

93Chula Vista, CA
(49.81)
93Kalamazoo, MI
(44.18)

94Hialeah, FL
(49.78)
94Weston, FL
(44.10)

95Boise, ID
(49.78)
95Lees Summit, MO
(44.02)

96Palmdale, CA
(49.71)
96Tustin, CA
(43.83)

97Rialto, CA
(49.69)
97Suffolk, VA
(43.31)

98Rochester, MN
(49.56)
98Miami Beach, FL
(43.29)

99Provo, UT
(49.47)
99Lawrence, MA
(42.91)

100West Jordan, UT
(49.04)
100Carson, CA
(42.66)

101Santa Maria, CA
(48.99)
101South Gate, CA
(42.64)

102Paradise, NV
(48.93)
102Saint Cloud, MN
(42.62)

103Lubbock, TX
(48.82)
103Lynn, MA
(42.47)

104Athens-Clarke, GA
(48.79)
104Compton, CA
(42.32)

105Visalia, CA
(48.71)
105Greenville, NC
(42.28)

106Fairfield, CA
(48.70)
106Iowa City, IA
(42.15)

107Glendale, AZ
(48.67)
107Missoula, MT
(42.04)

108Salt Lake City, UT
(48.64)
108Westminster, CA
(41.56)

109Santa Rosa, CA
(48.12)
109Town ‘n’ Country, FL
(41.54)

110Spokane, WA
(47.81)
110Dearborn, MI
(41.43)

111Plano, TX
(47.74)
111Sioux City, IA
(41.03)

112San Bernardino, CA
(47.50)
112Framingham, MA
(40.97)

113Kent, WA
(47.43)
113Eau Claire, WI
(40.82)

114Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(47.40)
114Cicero, IL
(40.82)

115Vacaville, CA
(47.19)
115Whittier, CA
(40.77)

116West Valley, UT
(47.15)
116Union City, NJ
(40.72)

117Berkeley, CA
(47.13)
117Lauderhill, FL
(40.69)

118Madison, WI
(47.04)
118Reading, PA
(40.61)

119Chandler, AZ
(47.01)
119Troy, MI
(40.43)

120Laredo, TX
(46.91)
120Southfield, MI
(40.00)

121Tyler, TX
(46.75)
121Waukesha, WI
(39.41)

122Grand Prairie, TX
(46.69)
122New Bedford, MA
(39.40)

123Wilmington, NC
(46.63)
123Redondo Beach, CA
(39.26)

124Des Moines, IA
(46.42)
124Quincy, MA
(38.46)

125Coral Springs, FL
(46.34)
125Brooklyn Park, MN
(38.42)

126Olathe, KS
(46.21)
126Yorba Linda, CA
(38.11)

127Victorville, CA
(45.74)
127Santa Monica, CA
(38.01)

128Killeen, TX
(45.61)
128Newton, MA
(37.93)

129West Covina, CA
(45.28)
129Alhambra, CA
(37.93)

130Miramar, FL
(45.10)
130Rio Rancho, NM
(37.84)

131San Angelo, TX
(45.05)
131Mission Viejo, CA
(37.63)

132Garland, TX
(44.95)
132New Britain, CT
(37.41)

133Fort Wayne, IN
(44.89)
133Yakima, WA
(37.39)

134Inglewood, CA
(44.82)
134Westland, MI
(37.02)

135Fullerton, CA
(44.76)
135Farmington, MI
(36.53)

136Ann Arbor, MI
(44.76)
136Santa Barbara, CA
(36.39)

137Overland Park, KS
(44.74)
137Cranston, RI
(36.23)

138Costa Mesa, CA
(44.63)
138Passaic, NJ
(35.83)

139Pomona, CA
(44.16)
139Pawtucket, RI
(35.78)

140Boulder, CO
(44.15)
140Parma, OH
(35.63)

141McAllen, TX
(44.13)
141East Orange, NJ
(35.62)

142Huntington Beach, CA
(44.09)
142Appleton, WI
(35.41)

143Kansas City, KS
(43.88)
143Bloomington, MN
(35.19)

144Lincoln, NE
(43.77)
144Mount Vernon, NY
(34.93)

145Savannah, GA
(43.65)
145Hoover, AL
(34.87)

146Chattanooga, TN
(43.64)
146Schaumburg, IL
(34.86)

147Arlington, VA
(43.63)
147Livonia, MI
(34.84)

148Tuscaloosa, AL
(43.42)
148Ellicott City, MD
(34.69)

149Garden Grove, CA
(43.27)
149Mission, TX
(34.63)

150Alexandria, VA
(43.18)
150Skokie, IL
(34.59)

151Lancaster, CA
(43.16)
151Newport Beach, CA
(34.22)

152Abilene, TX
(43.07)
152Kendall, FL
(34.14)

153East Los Angeles, CA
(43.01)
153New Rochelle, NY
(33.96)

154Lowell, MA
(42.97)
154Racine, WI
(33.74)

155Gainesville, FL
(42.89)
155Toms River, NJ
(33.72)

156Columbia, MO
(42.84)
156Cheektowaga, NY
(33.42)

157El Cajon, CA
(42.75)
157Fall River, MA
(33.36)

158Jersey City, NJ
(42.69)
158Scranton, PA
(33.20)

159Carlsbad, CA
(42.65)
159Jacksonville, NC
(33.12)

160Huntsville, AL
(42.62)
160Muncie, IN
(32.78)

161Pembroke Pines, FL
(42.55)
161Wilmington, DE
(32.75)

162Escondido, CA
(42.51)
162Clifton, NJ
(32.61)

163Greensboro, NC
(42.38)
163Warwick, RI
(32.57)

164Salinas, CA
(42.06)
164Saint Joseph, MO
(32.35)

165Springfield, MO
(41.89)
165Nashua, NH
(32.17)

166Ventura, CA
(41.79)
166Waukegan, IL
(31.93)

167El Monte, CA
(41.78)
167Gulfport, MS
(31.90)

168Clearwater, FL
(41.68)
168Kenner, LA
(31.48)

169Oxnard, CA
(41.54)
169Fort Smith, AR
(31.42)

170Mesquite, TX
(41.54)
170Lorain, OH
(31.18)

171South Bend, IN
(41.52)
171Youngstown, OH
(30.14)

172Miami Gardens, FL
(41.49)
172Bolingbrook, IL
(30.13)

173Orange, CA
(41.48)
173Albany, NY
(30.03)

174Elgin, IL
(41.43)
174Champaign, IL
(29.83)

175Chesapeake, VA
(41.39)
175Roanoke, VA
(29.72)

176Westminster, CO
(41.35)
176Gary, IN
(29.63)

177Allentown, PA
(41.34)
177Bloomington, IL
(29.49)

178Norwalk, CA
(41.31)
178Palatine, IL
(29.37)

179Winston-Salem, NC
(41.10)
179Duluth, MN
(29.33)

180Oceanside, CA
(41.07)
180Norwalk, CT
(28.98)

181Burbank, CA
(40.87)
181Evanston, IL
(28.65)

182Torrance, CA
(40.74)
182Longview, TX
(28.26)

183Elizabeth, NJ
(40.31)
183Camden, NJ
(28.11)

184Pueblo, CO
(40.22)
184Dothan, AL
(27.96)

185Warren, MI
(40.05)
185Hammond, IN
(27.10)

186Lansing, MI
(39.80)
186Flint, MI
(26.80)

187Downey, CA
(39.75)
187Trenton, NJ
(25.57)

188Independence, MO
(39.62)
188Danbury, CT
(25.53)

189Norman, OK
(39.20)
189Lawton, OK
(25.25)

190Green Bay, WI
(39.14)
190Portsmouth, VA
(24.97)

191Metairie, LA
(39.09)
191Waterloo, IA
(24.43)

192Worcester, MA
(39.08)
192Albany, GA
(22.00)

193Gresham, OR
(38.99)
193Decatur, IL
(21.26)

194Amarillo, TX
(38.83)
194Erie, PA
(19.66)

195Pasadena, CA
(38.79)
195Canton, OH
(18.17)

196High Point, NC
(38.78)


197Naperville, IL
(38.62)


198Manchester, NH
(38.33)


199Newark, NJ
(38.12)


200Aurora, IL
(37.05)


201Broken Arrow, OK
(36.82)


202Dayton, OH
(36.73)


203Sunrise Manor, NV
(36.61)


204Springfield, MA
(36.46)


205Tallahassee, FL
(36.18)


206Billings, MT
(36.15)


207Yonkers, NY
(35.94)


208Columbia, SC
(35.42)


209Brownsville, TX
(35.35)


210Knoxville, TN
(35.35)


211Sterling Heights, MI
(35.13)


212Akron, OH
(34.96)


213Hampton, VA
(34.92)


214Stamford, CT
(34.89)


215Joliet, IL
(34.21)


216Cedar Rapids, IA
(33.99)


217Paterson, NJ
(33.99)


218Evansville, IN
(33.93)


219Providence, RI
(33.29)


220Pasadena, TX
(33.16)


221Buffalo, NY
(32.97)


222Lafayette, LA
(32.80)


223Simi Valley, CA
(32.66)


224Beaumont, TX
(32.66)


225Fayetteville, NC
(32.65)


226Thousand Oaks, CA
(32.64)


227Kenosha, WI
(32.59)


228Augusta, GA
(32.32)


229Syracuse, NY
(32.26)


230Little Rock, AR
(31.62)


231Norfolk, VA
(31.56)


232Las Cruces, NM
(31.35)


233New Haven, CT
(31.29)


234Bridgeport, CT
(31.22)


235Birmingham, AL
(30.63)


236Wichita Falls, TX
(30.30)


237Waterbury, CT
(29.71)


238Newport News, VA
(29.57)


239Jackson, MS
(29.19)


240Mobile, AL
(29.17)


241Hartford, CT
(28.68)


242Rochester, NY
(28.24)


243Montgomery, AL
(28.06)


244Columbia, MD
(27.93)


245Peoria, IL
(26.32)


246Rockford, IL
(26.04)


247Toledo, OH
(25.93)


248Baton Rouge, LA
(25.89)


249Topeka, KS
(25.75)


250Columbus, GA
(25.02)


251Anchorage, AK
(24.16)


252Springfield, IL
(21.95)


253Davenport, IA
(21.04)


254Shreveport, LA
(17.72)

*No. 1 = Fastest-Growing

Ask the Experts

Rapid city growth can yield both positive and negative effects. Some cities thrive as they expand while others struggle to keep up. For insight into these dynamics, we asked a panel of experts to weigh in with their thoughts on the following key questions:

  1. What are the biggest challenges faced by cities experiencing rapid population growth?
  2. What should be the key priority for local authorities who want to grow their cities?
  3. Should local authorities do more to ensure current residents aren’t “priced out” of established neighborhoods in the face of population growth? What are good models for supporting gentrification without displacing residents?
  4. To what extent are zoning policies and “NIMBY-ism” responsible for skyrocketing housing costs in cities experiencing population growth?
  5. Are entrepreneurship and employment opportunities disproportionately better in cities that are growing quickly? How so?

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