Florida March 18, 2017
10 Up And Coming Cities In Florida Ready To Explode
If you live in Florida, you’re probably aware of the fact that we live in one of the fastest growing states in the country. In fact, Florida now has the second highest population in the U.S., with over 20 million people. Whether you like living in a large, vibrant city or a slow-paced small town, you might have noticed this rapid growth. Population growth isn’t the only important factor, though. A growing economy also lets you know that a town is booming. According to personal finance site
WalletHub, which took both of those factors into account, these are the top 10 fastest growing cities in Florida:
1. Lehigh Acres
This census-designated place in Lee County went from a population of 86,784 in 2010 to 106,747 in 2016. According to this list, that makes it the third fastest growing city in the country.
2. Fort Myers
The nearby city of Fort Myers ranked 14th in the nation on the list, with a 2010 population of 62,298. The estimated current population is around 74,000.
This census-designated place in Hillsborough County experienced insane population growth in the '70s and '80s. While it's nowhere near that level now, it did come in at number 16 in the country on the national list and 3rd for the state of Florida. From 2010 to 2016, Brandon went from 103,483 to 106,604, with a population density of 3,220 per square mile.
Miramar, in the Miami metropolitan area, grew from a 2010 population of 122,041 to around 135,000 in 2014. It holds the #17 spot of fastest growing cities in the country.
5. Palm Coast
The population of this city in Northeast Florida more than doubled from 2000 to 2010, and it continued to grow from 75,180 to an estimated 82,893 in 2015, making it the 28th fastest growing city in the country.
6. Cape Coral
The next Floridian city on the list is the city of over 400 miles of canals, Cape Coral, in Lee County. It comes in at #43, which grew from 154,305 in 2010 to an estimated 181,211 in 2015.
7. Port St. Lucie
This city in Southeast Florida is the largest in St. Lucie County, with an estimated population over 179,000 in 2015, up from 164, 603 five years before. It's the 142nd most populous city in the country, and the 46th fastest growing, according to this list.
8. Deerfield Beach
This city located just south of Palm Beach County is in the Miami metropolitan area. The city's population grew 6.3% from 2010 to 2015, making it the 51st fastest growing city in the U.S.
It's probably comes as no surprise that this huge city in Central Florida is growing. From 2000 to 2015, the population grew by almost 100,000 people, with current estimates around 271,000 people. It's the fourth largest city in Florida and the 73rd largest in the country, but only the 72nd fastest growing in the country currently.
10. Pembroke Pines
The last entry on our list comes in at #72 on the national list, and is part of the Miami metropolitan area. It has a very high population density of 4,672 people per square mile and had an estimated population of 162,379 in 2013.
Do you live in any of these towns? Is your hometown experiencing the same kind of growth?