Good weather and low unemployment: the top 10 of the fastest growing US cities
In 2018, the U.S. population grew 0,6%, hitting an 80-year low of annual growth. The slowdown in growth - an already familiar phenomenon in some of the world's most economically developed countries - is largely due to declining fertility.
Slowing population growth is a national phenomenon, but in some American cities this trend is less pronounced - the annual population growth rates in these cities are more than three times higher than the national average population growth rate, writes USA Today.
Journalists analyzed population change from 1 in July 2010 of the year to 1 in July of 2018 in large metropolitan areas of the United States to identify the fastest growing ones.
While the aging of the US population leads to a slowdown in population growth across the country, in many cities on this list, the entry of Americans of retirement age contributes significantly to population growth. Climate is often the most important factor for older Americans who decide to move to another state, so many regions on the list have good weather conditions throughout the year.
But not all cities on this list are popular retirement places. A healthy economy and a strong labor market can make a city attractive to potential young new residents.
To identify the fastest growing cities in the United States, population changes were analyzed between July 2010 and July 2018. Also, data were taken into account for each component of population growth - fertility, mortality, international and internal migration. In addition, the rating took into account the indicators of changes in the level of employment of the population of these cities, average income, poverty level and a number of other indicators.
10. Raleigh, North Carolina
- population growth in 2010-2018 years: + 19,8% (225 159 people)
- unemployment rate in 2018 year: 3,7%
- employment level change in 2010-2018: + 24,7% (+ 119 635 people)
- Average household income: 68 870 dollars per year.
The population of Raleigh has grown by almost 20% over the past eight years, more than in any other city in this state. The increase was mainly due to people entering the city from other parts of the country and the world. The labor market in the area has provided good opportunities for all those who are looking for work. Between 2010 and 2018, the number of employees in Raleigh increased by almost 25% compared to 12,5% of the growth in employment across the country. Currently, the unemployment rate in the region is 3,7%, compared to 3,9% across the country.
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9. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL
- population growth in 2010-2018 years: + 20,3% (433 763)
- unemployment rate in 2018 year: 3,2%
- employment level change in 2010-2018: + 26,0% (+ 246 596)
- Average household income: 52 261 dollars per year.
This area is one of nine in the country, where population growth was more than 20% between the 2010 and 2018 years. There were approximately 93 000 more births than deaths in the last eight years, and 344 000 more people moved there than left the region.
Today, almost a quarter of a million more jobs are in the district than in 2010, and only 3,2% of the workforce is unemployed, which is significantly lower than the unemployment rate in the country, which is 3,9%.
8. Cape Coral - Fort Myers, Florida
- population growth in 2010-2018 years: + 21,6% (134 156)
- unemployment rate in 2018 year: 3,3%
- employment level change in 2010-2018: + 32,6% (+ 62 668)
- Average household income: 52 052 dollars per year.
Cape Coral Fort Myers now has more than 750 inhabitants, up from 620 in 000. The population grew by 2010%, despite the fact that over the past eight years the area has recorded more deaths than births. Many who moved here most likely did so in search of work. Over the past eight years, total employment in the region has grown by 21,6%, which is more than double the growth in employment in the country over this period - by 32,6%. The region's unemployment rate is only 12,5%, below the US average of 3,3%.
7. Bend Redmond, Oregon
- population growth in 2010-2018 years: + 21,7% (34 253)
- unemployment rate in 2018 year: 5,2%
- employment level change in 2010-2018: + 36,0% (+ 21 154)
- Average household income: 59 152 dollars per year.
The population of Oregon has grown by 9,2% over the past eight years, which is significantly higher than the rate of population growth in the country of 5,8%. Although it is one of the fastest growing states, only one city in Oregon is in this ranking. In Bend Redmond, the population grew by 21,7% between the 2010 and 2018 years. As with the state as a whole, population growth in Bend Redmond was mainly due to migration.
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6. Greeley, Colorado
- population growth in 2010-2018 years: + 23,6% (60 107)
- unemployment rate in 2018 year: 3,2%
- employment level change in 2010-2018: + 34,1% (+ 26 818)
- Average household income: 66 489 dollars per year.
Greeley is the fastest growing city in Colorado and the sixth fastest growing in the country. Today in Greeley, 60 lives on 000 more than eight years ago. These changes were mainly due to migration, since from 2010, the Greeks moved to 41, 000 moved more people than they left.
In addition, the labor market of the Greeks is also flourishing. Currently, 27 000 has more jobs in the region than in 2010, and the unemployment rate in this region is below the national average.
5. St. George, Utah
- population growth in 2010-2018 years: + 24,1% (33 308)
- unemployment rate in 2018 year: 3,4%
- employment level change in 2010-2018: + 39,2% (+ 17 726)
- Average household income: 55 175 dollars per year.
St. George is the fastest growing city in the fastest growing state. Since 2010, the population of St. George has grown by 24,1%, and the population growth rate in Utah has been 13,9%, the national average growth rate is 5,8%.
Across Utah, population growth is due to the fact that the number of births is far ahead of the number of deaths, but not in St. George. About 75% of 33 people 308 people population growth was caused by the movement of people into the area for the purpose of employment.
4. Austin-Round Rock, TX
- population growth in 2010-2018 years: + 25,5% (440 788)
- unemployment rate in 2018 year: 3%
- employment level change in 2010-2018: + 29,8% (+ 226 252)
- Average household income: 69 717 dollars per year.
Austin is one of four regions in the United States, where over the past eight years there has been an increase in population of more than 25%. This was largely due to people moving to central Texas from other parts of the country and the world. In Austin today, 440 lives on 800 people more than in 2010 year.
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3. Midland, Texas
- population growth in 2010-2018 years: + 25,8% (36 537)
- unemployment rate in 2018 year: 2,2%
- employment level change in 2010-2018: + 36,4% (+ 24 507)
- Average household income: 75 570 dollars per year.
Today in Midland 36 lives on 000 people more than in 2010 year, population growth is 25,8%.
A strong economy attracts potential new residents and young families, because the unemployment rate in Midland, which is 2,2%, is one of the lowest in the country and well below the national average of 3,9%. Many jobs in the area are also highly paid, as a typical household in Midland earns 75 570 dollars per year, which is about 18 000 dollars more than a typical American household.
2. Myrtle Beach-Conway - North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-North Carolina
- population growth in 2010-2018 years: + 27,1% (102 569)
- unemployment rate in 2018 year: 5%
- employment level change in 2010-2018: + 50,5% (+ 53 329)
- Average household income: 47 732 dollars per year.
Although there have been more deaths than births in Myrtle Beach over the past eight years, enough people moved to the area to create population growth of almost 27%. Between 2010 and 2018, the year moved to the metro area more than 100 000 people. The growth in the number of jobs in the metro area over the same period was even more staggering. Currently, Myrtle Beach is working on 53 000 people (by 50,5%) more than in 2010 year. In the country, employment over the same period increased by 12,5%.
1. Wiladges, FL
- population growth in 2010-2018 years: + 36,6% (34 476)
- unemployment rate in 2018 year: 5,1%
- employment level change in 2010-2018: + 42,9% (+ 8 513)
- Average household income: 54 771 dollars per year.
Uilajes was originally conceived in the 1960s as a settlement for retirees moving from the north. Today, with 50 golf courses and 2500 clubs and attractions, Uilajes is the perfect embodiment of its founder's vision. Over the past eight years, the number of people living in the area has grown by 36,6% - by far the largest population growth of any US population.
More than 54% of the region’s residents are retired, more than three times the share of retirees among all Americans, which is 14,9%.
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