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Fastest Growing Places

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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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

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 6.5 Quality of Life
  • 5.2 Value

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

  • 6.4 Overall Score
  • 6.4 Quality of Life
  • 5.6 Value

Sarasota, FL

badge #3 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

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

Daytona Beach, FL

badge #4 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

  • 6.1 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 4.5 Value

Port St. Lucie, FL

badge #5 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

  • 6.4 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 4.7 Value

Austin, TX

badge #6 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

  • 7.6 Overall Score
  • 7.3 Quality of Life
  • 6.7 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
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 6.0 Value

Orlando, FL

badge #8 in Fastest Growing Places

When travelers say they're going to Orlando, the question is, "Which one?" There's downtown Orlando, the seat of Orange County govern… more

  • 6.5 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 5.1 Value

Melbourne, FL

badge #9 in Fastest Growing Places

Troves of urbanites, families, professionals and retirees enjoy Melbourne, Florida, one of the Space Coast's most populated metro are… more

  • 6.9 Overall Score
  • 7.4 Quality of Life
  • 6.1 Value

Charleston, SC

badge #10 in Fastest Growing Places

There is no place quite like Charleston. The region features a unique blend of historic preservation and new development, displayed i… more

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