Fastest-Growing Places in the U.S. in 2020-21

The fastest-growing cities in the country are determined by the net migration of each metro area, which is measured by the growth or decline of the population over the past five years. The percent increase in that period of time is how U.S. News determines the metro areas where the most people are moving. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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  1. Fort Myers, FL
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    Fort Myers, FL

    #1 in Fastest-Growing Places

    For many years the Southwest Gulf Coast's population had little growth and remained somewhat isolated from the rest of... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    Value
    5.2
    Overall Score
    6.7
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    5.2
  2. Myrtle Beach, SC
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    Myrtle Beach, SC

    #1 in Fastest-Growing Places

    Although it's better known to outsiders as a vacation hot spot for beachgoers and golfers, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.4
    Value
    Value
    5.7
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    6.4
    Value
    5.7
  3. Naples, FL
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    Naples, FL

    #3 in Fastest-Growing Places

    Nestled between the edges of the Everglades and the shores of the Gulf of Mexico sits Collier County, home to Naples... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    Value
    4.6
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    4.6
  4. Sarasota, FL
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    Sarasota, FL

    #4 in Fastest-Growing Places

    Warm temperatures year-round, award-winning beaches and a thriving arts and cultural scene have made Sarasota a go-to... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    Value
    5.7
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    5.7
  5. Ocala, FL
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    Ocala, FL

    #5 in Fastest-Growing Places

    Known as the “Horse Capital of the World,” Ocala maintains deep equestrian roots even as the area evolves into a diverse... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    Value
    6.2
    Overall Score
    6.6
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    6.2
  6. Daytona Beach, FL
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    Daytona Beach, FL

    #6 in Fastest-Growing Places

    The Daytona Beach population swells and wanes like the ocean tide. Every winter, the region's beaches overflow with... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.5
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.4
    Value
    Value
    4.8
    Overall Score
    6.5
    Quality of Life
    6.4
    Value
    4.8
  7. Lakeland, FL
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    Lakeland, FL

    #7 in Fastest-Growing Places

    Aptly named for its 38 stunning lakes, Lakeland is infused with Old Florida history and natural beauty. Remnants of... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    Value
    6
    Overall Score
    6.6
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    6
  8. Port St. Lucie, FL
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    Port St. Lucie, FL

    #8 in Fastest-Growing Places

    Port St. Lucie is nestled along Florida's Treasure Coast, along the state's southeast side, about halfway between Miami... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.5
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    Value
    4.8
    Overall Score
    6.5
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    4.8
  9. Fort Collins, CO
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    Fort Collins, CO

    #9 in Fastest-Growing Places

    Fort Collins was once overshadowed by Colorado’s heavily populated Front Range and famous mountain ski towns. That... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    Value
    6
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    7.6
    Value
    6
  10. Austin, TX
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    Austin, TX

    #10 in Fastest-Growing Places

    People are drawn to the Texas capital's music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions. Austin was established along... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.1
    Value
    Value
    6.6
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    7.1
    Value
    6.6