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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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Myrtle Beach, SC

badge #1 in Fastest-Growing Places (tie)

Although it's better known to outsiders as a vacation hot spot for beachgoers and golfers, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is also an a… more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 6.4 Quality of Life
  • 5.7 Value

Fort Myers, FL

badge #1 in Fastest-Growing Places (tie)

For many years the Southwest Gulf Coast's population had little growth and remained somewhat isolated from the rest of the Sunshine S… more

  • 6.7 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 5.2 Value

Naples, FL

badge #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, Immokalee an… more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 4.6 Value

Sarasota, FL

badge #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 place for retir… more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Quality of Life
  • 5.7 Value

Ocala, FL

badge #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 metropoli… more

  • 6.6 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 6.2 Value

Daytona Beach, FL

badge #6 in Fastest-Growing Places

The Daytona Beach population swells and wanes like the ocean tide. Every winter, the region's beaches overflow with tourists looking … more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 6.4 Quality of Life
  • 4.8 Value

Lakeland, FL

badge #7 in Fastest-Growing Places

Aptly named for its 38 stunning lakes, Lakeland is infused with Old Florida history and natural beauty. Remnants of Lakeland's past, … more

  • 6.6 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 6.0 Value

Port St. Lucie, FL

badge #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 and Orlando. … more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 4.8 Value

Fort Collins, CO

badge #9 in Fastest-Growing Places

Fort Collins was once overshadowed by Colorado’s heavily populated Front Range and famous mountain ski towns. That status has chan… more

  • 7.4 Overall Score
  • 7.6 Quality of Life
  • 6.0 Value

Austin, TX

badge #10 in Fastest-Growing Places

People are drawn to the Texas capital's music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions. Austin was established along the Colorado Ri… more

  • 7.4 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Quality of Life
  • 6.6 Value
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