In the United States, both natural population growth and the number of removals have declined in recent years, according to the US Census Bureau. However, that does not mean that all cities in the country are experiencing population decline. The city with the greatest absolute population growth between 2010 and 2020 is Phoenix. A variety of factors are driving the populations of cities and towns in the United States. In places with increasing populations, birth rates may be higher, death rates may decrease, or people may come for better job opportunities or a lower cost of living – or it can be a combination take place from natural growth and migration. ALSO READ: 15 Downtown Phoenix Construction Projects You Should Check Out The ConsumerAffairs research team recently analyzed the 2010-2020 census data, the latest official statistics available, to identify the fastest growing cities by both population growth percentage can also be identified by absolute numbers. There were several important findings: • The city with the largest absolute population growth between 2010 and 2020 is Phoenix with over 262,000 inhabitants. Phoenix is currently the fifth largest city in the US by population • Of the cities with a population of 100,000 or more in 2020, Frisco, Texas, had by far the most explosive growth with an overall growth of 79.5% since 2010 – 18% more than the fastest growing city. • Texas is home to 9 of the 15 fastest growing cities in the US as measured by population growth percentages between 2010 and 2020. Seven are suburbs of Dallas, Houston or Austin. • All 15 of the fastest growing cities in the US by population growth percentage are in the southern or western US • Five of the 10 fastest growing US cities by population are in Texas: in order of highest to lowest population growth, that is San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Fort Worth, and Dallas. Population growth in numbers The cities with the most new arrivals between 2010 and 2020 include well-known metropolitan areas. Here’s a look at the 15 fastest growing cities by population. # 1 Phoenix, Arizona Photo courtesy of the City of Phoenix Current Population: 1,708,127 – 262,495 more people than in 2010. Home of the Grand Canyon, Arizona is known for its natural beauty, but the state’s scenic vistas stretch across the city National Park addition. Phoenix residents are just a short drive from the Echo Canyon Trail, Lookout Mountain Preserve, and Quartz Ridge Trail. Downtown Phoenix has also attracted many businesses in recent years. In a survey of reasons new residents moved to Phoenix, 30% of respondents named job opportunities, 20% said affordability, and 12% named lifestyle. The unemployment rate was 6.2% in May 2021, close to the national average. As Phoenix’s popularity increases, so does the cost of living; the average home price is $ 395,000. # 2 San Antonio, Texas Current Population: 1,567,118 – 239,711 more people than 2010 San Antonio is perhaps best known as the home of the Alamo, but more and more people are finding its affordable and trendy neighborhoods like the Pearl District and King William Historic District, to be the real attractions. Families also enjoy the zoo, the River Walk, and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. The average home price in San Antonio is $ 268,000 and the unemployment rate is around 5.3%. # 3 Houston, Texas Photo courtesy of the City of Houston Current Population: 2,316,120-216,669 more than 2010. Beyoncé, Kenny Rogers, and Shelley Duvall once called Houston home; in the past decade there have been so many more. Since 2010, Houston and the surrounding area have seen employment growth of 19%. The unemployment rate was around 6.6% in May 2021. Warm weather, family-friendly attractions, and sprawling neighborhoods have also helped boost the population. The average home price in Houston is $ 340,000. # 4 Austin, Texas Photo courtesy Christopher Sherman Current Population: 995,484 – 205,094 more people than 2010 Austin has built a reputation for popularity among California expats. It has similar sunny weather and trendy dining and shopping scenes and has become a second home for tech giants like Facebook, Apple and Amazon. Austin also has unique attractions like Spring Pools and the kitschy Junk Cathedral. People definitely understand Austin’s quirks, which makes it one of the more expensive places in Texas. The average home price is $ 575,000. # 5 Fort Worth, Texas Photo courtesy of the City of Fort Worth Current Population: 927,720 – 186,514 more than 2010 There was a time when St. Louis was considered the gateway to the western United States, but Fort Worth describes itself as ” Where the West “Begins.” Attractions include the National Cowgirl Museum and several local rodeos. Fort Worth’s schools are some of the best in Texas and the city is home to major corporations like American Airlines. US dollars remained relatively affordable. The unemployment rate is around 5.3%. # 6 Los Angeles, California Current Population: 3,970,219 – 177,598 more people than in 2010 Los Angeles has long been known for its cross-country character, although With a fair share of new residents in the hunt for fame, Los Angeles experiences because of the laid-back Southern California lifestyle, tech job opportunities, and cultural n attractions also a steady growth. Los Angeles is not an easy market for homebuyers, with an average home price of $ 969,000. The city also has a higher unemployment rate of around 10%. # 7 Charlotte, North Carolina Photo courtesy of David Flower / City of Charlotte Current Population: 900,350 – 168,926 more people than in 2010 Named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III, Charlotte, North Carolina is currently experiencing one some business growth job opportunities. The city is close to the Appalachian Mountains, making it ideal for people who want to balance urban and outdoor life. It is also known for its food scene, which makes dining an attraction in its own right. The average home price is $ 360,000 and the unemployment rate was 4.3% in May 2021. # 8 Seattle, Washington Photo courtesy of the City of Seattle Current Population: 769,714 – 161,054 more people than 2010 Amazon is Seattle’s largest employer and widespread The Washington campus has been a major contributor to the city’s population growth. But apart from the technology industry, the residents also appreciate the mild weather, the picturesque Pacific Northwest and the relaxing café culture. For folks who aren’t big coffee drinkers, craft breweries are great in town too. There are also fancy living options, from houseboats to co-living spaces. The average home price is $ 769,000 and the King County’s unemployment rate was below 5% in May 2021. # 9 Dallas, Texas Current Population: 1,343,266 – 145,450 more people than 2010 Dallas has a wide variety of jobs in a variety of industries. Commerce, transportation, and professional services are some of the largest industries in Dallas, and the unemployment rate is 5.3%. Dallas offers cultural attractions such as art museums and galleries, an opera house and a botanical garden. Sports fans can also watch games by the Dallas Cowboys, Dallas Mavericks, and Texas Rangers. The average home price in the city is $ 450,000. # 10 Denver, Colorado Current Population: 735,538 – 135,380 more people than 2010 Denver is known for its outdoor beauty and cultural attractions. Larimer Square is a colorful street full of restaurants and shopping, and memorable open-air concerts are held at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater. Denver’s location means road trips to national parks across the western United States are always on the table. The city and its surroundings are also home to nearly 150 breweries. The median list price for a Denver home is $ 535,000, and the unemployment rate is roughly the national average. # 11 Columbus, Ohio Photo courtesy of Experience Columbus Current Population: 903,852 – 116,819 more people than 2010 Columbus is the cheapest city on this list for home ownership, with an average list price of $ 229,000. And it doesn’t miss out on attractions – it has a fun nightlife scene, thanks in large part to Ohio State University. Families also love the city for its zoo and Legoland Discovery Center. The unique neighborhoods of Columbus, including German Village, have tons of streets to explore. Healthcare is a major industry in Columbus that has several large medical facilities. The unemployment rate is 4.9% (as of May 2021) below the national level. # 12 San Diego, California Current Population: 1,422,420 – 115,018 more people than 2010. Southern California is one of the greatest surfing destinations, and San Diego, with Mission Beach Boardwalk and Pacific Beach, is a major surfing town. Beaches aren’t just for surfing, however, and the laid-back seaside lifestyle that San Diego is known for attracts new residents. Manufacturing and military / defense are some of the largest industries in the city. The average home price is $ 790,000 and the unemployment rate was 6.4% in May 2021, just above the national average. # 13 Washington, DC Current Population: 712,816 – 111,093 more people than 2010 Washington, DC seems to be mostly known for politics and government. But behind the White House and Capitol Hill are charming neighborhoods, world-class museums, and riverside parks. Cyclists also love the more than 60 miles of trails to explore. The skyline is unique, no building is higher than the Washington Monument. While nearby suburbs are cheaper, DC homes are expensive with an average list price of $ 610,000. The unemployment rate was 7% in June 2021. # 14 Jacksonville, Florida Photo courtesy of the City of Jacksonville Current Population: 920,570-98,786 more people than in 2010 Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in the country, spanning over 80,000 acres. These public parks span miles of coastline. Beyond the beach, Jacksonville’s First Wednesday Art Walk provides an opportunity to explore the local art scene and enjoy snacks from food trucks. The MOSH, or Museum of Science and History, is fun for children and adults alike. The average home price in Jacksonville is $ 250,000 and the unemployment rate was 4.2% in May 2021. # 15 Frisco, Texas Current Population: 209,980 – 92,991 more people than in 2010 Frisco is the only city that made our population growth lists by percent and by numbers. Its many amenities and proximity to Dallas make it popular for commuters and those who want to be part of a smaller community and still be able to access all that a larger city has to offer.