Big cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco have been top destinations for many years. But, with the cost of living in major cities like these increasing year-after-year, people are relocating to other, smaller towns where they will start a family or buy a home. The five cities on this list are among the fastest growing cities in the U.S. and are becoming more popular for those looking to put down roots somewhere affordable.
The small city of Greeley, Colorado, sits just an hour outside of Denver. Colorado came in at number five on the list of fastest growing cities. In the last eight years, the population has increased 19.5%. Due to its affordability, proximity to national parks, outdoor activities and access to higher education make this a desirable place to live.
Although it’s a small town with a population of only 170,675, Midland, Texas, has witnessed a 20.4% increase in the last eight years. Home to some of the biggest oil companies, many people who live there have relocated for a job. In addition, the city has a relatively high median income of $65,224 compared to its lower cost of living.
ustin/Round Rock, Texas
It’s no surprise that Round Rock, a suburb of Austin, Texas, has made it onto the list of fastest growing cities. A hub for start-up companies, nearly 60,000 people have moved to the area in the last 12 months alone. In addition, the area draws tons of people in for events like Austin City Limits and South by Southwest. With great food and proximity to many job opportunities, Round Rock is sure to keep growing.
yrtle Beach, SC
This East Coast beach town isn’t just a vacation spot for beach goers in the Carolinas. In the last year alone, the city has seen a 16,372 increase in population. Now, Myrtle Beach is a great place to live for growing families, boasting low-income tax rates, a multitude of opportunities in the hospitality and tourism industries, and more golf courses than even a professional would know what to do with.
The Villages, Florida
Number one on the list of fastest growing cities is a small place called, The Villages. Located just north of Orlando, the booming town has more to offer than just retirement communities. With no state taxes and affordable housing prices, it’s no wonder The Villages has seen a 32.8% population increase in the last decade.