Fastest Growing U.S. Cities

Try to name the American cities which have gained the most residents since the year 2000.
By city proper population, 2000-2019
Suburbs marked in red
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Last updated: May 27, 2020
First submittedOctober 3, 2011
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Gain
City
402,607
San Antonio
366,637
Houston
374,891
Fort Worth
359,947
Phoenix
344,880
Charlotte
328,539
New York
322,346
Austin
Gain
City
284,756
Los Angeles
200,451
San Diego
197,976
Raleigh
190,301
Seattle
187,083
Columbus
175,890
Jacksonville
172,885
Las Vegas
Gain
City
154,993
Dallas
172,575
Denver
166,776
Frisco
148,925
Oklahoma City
144,808
Henderson
144,808
McKinney
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Level 62
May 26, 2018
No Orlando? Wow....
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Level 77
May 26, 2018
I expected Orlando as well. I'm curious to see exactly where it ranked in
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Level 81
May 27, 2018
Looks like it's gained about 91,000.
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Level 64
Jun 4, 2018
Is there something special about Orlando?
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Level 65
Jul 5, 2018
It's quintessential urban sprawl
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Level 81
Jul 17, 2018
it's the happiest place on Earth.
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Level 52
Jul 17, 2018
More so than Finland!? 🇫🇮
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Level 62
Aug 9, 2018
I live near Orlando and it seems like in a decade it went from Wyoming to Manhattan
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Level 57
Jul 17, 2018
It's not actually that large, most people "from" Orlando are from an near Orlando.
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Level 49
Jul 17, 2018
That's correct. I live right next to Orlando, but since no one knows where Oviedo is, I always tell them Orlando.
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Level 74
May 28, 2018
Hmm, hard to know which suburbs (eg Frisco, a part of Dallas-Fort Worth) count as answers here, and which get absorbed into larger cities' answers.
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Level 78
May 29, 2018
I tried Arlington, don't know if I've ever heard of Frisco. I remembered that Arlington is on the 50 and 100 biggest US cities quiz that I took somewhere.
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Level 57
Jul 5, 2018
The fact that Frisco is considered a suburb of Dallas now really shocked my Dad when he was helping me look for an apartment in the area. He grew up in a (no longer) small town a ways west of there but moved away 30 years ago. From his perspective the area suddenly went from spread out teeny towns to HOUSES EVERYWHERE!
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Level 66
Jul 17, 2020
Me too, but that's cause I live in Plano
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Level 45
Jul 17, 2020
Yeah, that is weird. Good thing I used to live there!
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Level 71
May 29, 2018
I'm surprised to see no Bay Area city on the list, weird.
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Level 80
May 31, 2018
San Jose
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Level 64
Jun 4, 2018
As FreeStateBear said, San Jose is here. However, a poll came out today suggesting that nearly 50% of San Francisco residents hope to move away within a few years. Though there are alot of opportunities there, the housing bubble is pushing people away.
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Level ∞
May 27, 2020
San Jose no longer appears on the list and actually lost residents from 2018-19. I suppose there's a limited supply of people who can afford $2 million houses.
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Level 72
May 27, 2020
They are all moving to Sacramento which I was surprised isn't on here. Although I suppose most of the growth isn't in Sacramento proper but in the suburbs.
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Level 34
Jul 17, 2020
People are leavin California because of high taxes, and natural disasters.
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Level 65
Jun 2, 2018
It is interesting to me that Texas and California cities make up half of the top twenty. Also, North Carolina has two cities on the list.
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Level 78
Jul 17, 2018
Maybe jobs and retiring baby boomers looking to stay warm?
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Level 67
Jul 17, 2018
Raleigh and Charlotte were no brainers for me (since I live in NC). Both have grown like crazy and continue to do so. They aren't attracting retirees so much as well-educated high earners looking for jobs in high-tech (Raleigh) and banking/industry (Charlotte).
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Level 60
Jul 17, 2020
Yup, my Aunt went to Raleigh in 2015 and currently lives there
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Level 47
Jul 21, 2020
I'm currently living in NC. Raleigh has established itself as a tech center. Tech as of now is where the economy is leaning towards. In North Carolina its called the Researches Triangle (Raleigh, Durham and Greensborro) This is the largest tech center outside of Silicon Valley and NYC.

Austin though is rising, definitely competing with Raleigh but more importantly NC and Texas are competing with Silicon Valley. Though it seems Texas is getting more people nowadays given the dramatic growth of Austin.

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Level 70
Jun 7, 2018
Got New York City by typing New York........ did not get Oklahoma as I did not try 'City'......... big city bias.
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Level 50
Jun 24, 2018
The official name of New York CIty is City of New York. And when sending mail you just put New York, NY. I don't think you could send mail by putting Oklahoma, OK.
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Level 83
Jul 5, 2018
But you could type OKC.
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Level 70
May 28, 2020
Close. City of New York, like New York City, is simply a way of referring to it so as not to confuse it with the state. The official name of the city is simply New York.
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Level 23
Jul 5, 2018
Wheres boise?
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Level 57
Jul 5, 2018
According to Google it's grown by about 30k between 2000 and 2017. Which is a big change (about 6% growth) but not top-of-the-list.
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Level 81
Jun 10, 2020
It would be interesting to see a quiz of cities with the most growth percentage wise. There are probably a lot of smaller suburban cities that have added huge numbers recently.
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Level 57
Jul 17, 2018
Boise is the new Los Angeles
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Level 57
Jul 5, 2018
Surprised to see my hometown on the list! This explains my feeling that there used to be a lot more opens spaces around...
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Level 57
Jul 17, 2018
CAN I GET A DUUUUUUVAAAAALLLLLL!?!?!
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Level 49
Oct 1, 2020
Duuuuvaaal
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Level 66
Jul 17, 2018
No Detroit??
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Level 26
Apr 25, 2020
You a troll? Detroit is shrinking fast. It would probably top the list of fastest shrinking cities of America.
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Level 51
Oct 27, 2020
Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Chicago et al might give it a run for its money. All the old cities that boomed from the Great Migration and/or automobile industry are now shrinking.
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Level 37
Jul 18, 2018
Very surprised that Portland isn't on this list.
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Level ∞
May 27, 2020
Portland has gained 125,000.
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Level 73
May 27, 2020
Crazy that Frisco is on here boasting a population of just 188,000
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Level 75
May 27, 2020
And McKinney with 191,000! Dallas suburbs are booming
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Level 73
May 28, 2020
My friend has lived in Frisco since about 2005 - I think his parents invested in real estate at the right time
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Level 28
Jun 20, 2020
365,000 people move to texas every year
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Level 64
Jul 17, 2020
Raleigh should be in North Carolina, not California
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Level ∞
Jul 17, 2020
Fixed
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Level 65
Jul 17, 2020
I only managed to guess the obvious ones I have heard of (11/20) - why does everyone want to live in Texas? Is it a good place to live?
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Level 31
Jul 19, 2020
There are a lot of hurricanes and tornadoes because it's in the middle of USA and it is right next to the Gulf Of Mexico
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Level 51
Oct 27, 2020
To be fair, Austin and San Antonio avoid both those problems. Although they don't escape the terrible heat that all of Texas shares.
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Level 59
Feb 17, 2021
much easier to do business in Texas, so where all the jobs are moving, and therefore people, especially since housing is cheap, because they have lots of construction jobs. Kind of a rolling ball.
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Level 51
Oct 27, 2020
Not really. People move here because of opportunity. Texas is where It's Happening in so many industries, and it has crazy affordable housing. So very pragmatic reasons, no one's moving here because they dream of living in Texas. The weather is abysmal, and there isn't much going for it culture and tourist-wise.
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Level 62
Jul 17, 2020
I thought Chandler might be on here unless they consider that part of Phoenix. What about Nashville?
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Level 31
Jul 19, 2020
Ya mean MRBEAST'S Chandler
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Level 46
Jul 18, 2020
When you're from Dallas-Ft. Worth and easily guess the two suburbs :)
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Level 31
Jul 19, 2020
Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston. Those cities...
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Level 71
Jul 20, 2020
Columbus? huh. Would have thought any number of sun belt cities would clock in higher.
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Level 66
May 4, 2021
Columbus is definitely pretty modern and has a lot of recent growth. It's also nicer than other cities in Ohio. I wouldn't be surprised intrastate migration accounted for a lot of it--people leaving Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Toledo to settle in Columbus.
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Level 72
Apr 7, 2021
Houston/Fort Worth and Dallas are out of order
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Level 16
May 4, 2021
I live in a small western Oklahoma town with a few hundred people and still got all of them