Fastest growing cities in the US include surprising newcomers

Fastest growing cities in the US include surprising newcomers

Fastest growing cities in the US include surprising newcomers

The latest population data from the US Census Bureau has revealed some unexpected trends in urban growth across the country.

Cities like Celina, Texas, have proven to be the fastest growing areas, with a population growth of 26.6% between July 2022 and July 2023. The city’s growth rate is more than 53 times the national average of 0.5%, indicating a shift to smaller areas. , lesser known cities.

Driving this trend is a combination of factors, including employment, affordable housing and quality living conditions, according to a report released Thursday. While Texas cities dominate the list, with eight of the fifteen fastest growing cities in the state, other regions are also showing notable growth.

Population growth in places like Celina points to a broader migration pattern that favors suburban and exurban areas. This shift has the potential to change the real estate landscape as cities are now among the top in terms of new residents.

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Fulshear, Texas, where the population increased by 25.6%, is another example of a booming city driven by its proximity to larger metropolitan areas. Fulshear is an hour’s drive from Houston and is a suburban city, making it a potentially popular choice for families. The city’s median home price is $519,000, while the U.S. median home price was $393,500 in March, according to Bankrate.

California’s Lathrop, the only non-Texan city in the top five, had a growth rate of 13.6%. Known for its recent economic development and presence in the technology industry, Lathrop has transformed from a small town to a suburban hub, according to The median home price in Lathrop is $741,600, the highest among the top five, underscoring the city’s appeal to tech workers looking for more space and amenities.

Princeton and Anna, Texas, also made the list, with growth rates of 22.3% and 16.9%, respectively. Princeton, with a median home price of $350,000, offers more affordable housing options compared to its neighboring cities. Anna, on the other hand, has a median home price of $427,500.

Both cities benefit from their proximity to the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, providing access to jobs and urban amenities while maintaining a suburban lifestyle.


The growth of these cities is closely linked to the availability of housing, the report said. Texas in particular has seen significant additions to its housing stock. For example, in Harris County, housing units have increased significantly, supporting population growth in the county. Likewise, Travis County and Collin County have expanded their housing capacity, allowing them to accommodate new residents attracted to the area’s economic opportunities and quality of life.

Population growth is mirrored in other states as well. In California, Los Angeles County continues to grow, adding thousands of homes to meet demand. Arizona’s Maricopa County has also been a hot spot for new housing projects.

The 15 fastest growing US cities and their average home prices, according to, are:

  1. Celina, Texas ($679,999)

  2. Fulshear, Texas ($519,000)

  3. Princeton, Texas ($350,000)

  4. Anna, Texas ($427,500)

  5. Lathrop, California ($741,600)

  6. Centerton, Arkansas ($447,800)

  7. Haines City, FL ($338,000)

  8. Georgetown, Texas ($499,500)

  9. Prosper, Texas ($919,000)

  10. Forney, TX ($377,990)

  11. Kyle, Texas ($375,000)

  12. Lebanon, Tennessee ($484,900)

  13. Fort Mill, South Carolina ($519,900)

  14. Leesburg, FL ($329,250)

  15. Athens, Ohio ($315,000)

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