15 Affordable Cities In The United States With The Fastest Population Growth

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Between 2021 and 2021, nearly 29 million Americans relocated within the United States.SNearly 40% of them relocated to new counties or states.

Residents in some cities are fleeing to more affordable areas due to rising living costs.According to the United StatesSWhile the total U.S. population is estimated to be around 300 million, the Census BureauSThe population increased by 1%.Some places with lower-than-average living costs have grown by more than 10% in the last three years.

Within the United States, there is geographic mobility.Ssince 2012 has been on the declineOver 20% of Americans relocated between 1984 and 1985.By 2021, the percentage had fallen to less than 10%.Moving of all kinds is on the decline, from within the same county to a different county within the same state, and from one state to another.

According to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, factors contributing to the decline include an aging population, rising housing and moving costs, and the rise of dual-earner households.Many relocations were temporarily halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but trends toward remote work may encourage more residents to relocate, particularly to more affordable areas.

Our team of researchers analyzed the most recent population data from the United States to find the most affordable metros with the most population growth in recent years.SThe latest cost-of-living data from the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor StatisticsSDepartment of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic AnalysisAt the end of the day, our methodology

The following are the most populous and affordable large cities in the United States.

Utah’s Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2017-2021) 29%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 35266
  • 1240029 people in 2021
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -14%

Indianapolis, Carmel, and Anderson, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2017-2021) 31%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 62046
  • 2091019 is the population forecast for 2021.
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -89%

OKC is a city in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma traffic highways

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2017-2021) 31%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 43478
  • 1425375 people in 2021
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -102%

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson

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  • 33% change in population from 2017 to 2021
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 34060
  • 1061175 people in 2021
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -69%

Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and Alpharetta are all located in Georgia.

Atlanta, Georgia homes

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  • 36% change in population from 2017 to 2021
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 210999
  • 6087762 (population in 2021)
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -21%

Tampa-St. PetersburgClearwater-St. Petersburg, Florida

Tampa, Florida

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  • Change in population percentage (2017-2021) 43%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 133685
  • 3243963 people in 2021
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -12%

Tennessee (Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin)

Nashville, Tennessee

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  • Change in population percentage (2017-2021): 45%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 84783
  • In 2021, the population will be 1961232.
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -56%

Orlando, Kissimmee, and Sanford, Florida

Orlando, Florida

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2017-2021) 47%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 119448
  • 2639374 people in 2021
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -10%

New Braunfels-San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio at night.

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  • Change in population percentage (2017-2021) 48%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 119129
  • 2590732 people in 2021
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -67%

NC-SC Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia

Charlotte North Carolina

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  • Change in population percentage (2017-2021) 52%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 131575
  • 2684276 people in 2021
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -56%

Jacksonville, Florida is a city in Florida.

Jacksonville, Florida

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  • Change in population percentage (2017-2021) 54%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 80998
  • 1587892 people in 2021
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -46%

Las Vegas, Henderson, and Paradise, Nevada

Las Vegas Skyline

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2017-2021) 61%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 132690
  • 2315963 people in 2021
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -31%

Arizona (Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler)

Phoenix, Arizona

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2017-2021) 63%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 299192
  • 5059909 people in 2021
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -13%

Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

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  • Change in population percentage (2017-2021) 64%
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 85197
  • 1420376 (population in 2021)
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -39%

TX (Austin, Round Rock, and Georgetown)

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  • 85% change in population from 2017 to 2021
  • Total population change (2017-2021) 179304
  • 2021 Population: 2295303
  • Cost of living (in comparison to the national average) -07%

Techniques

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Roofstock researchers analyzed the most recent population data from the United States to find the most affordable locations with the most population growth.SData from the United States Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program and cost-of-living data from the United StatesSRegional Price Parity data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis

According to the percentage change in population from 2017 to 2021, the researchers ranked metro areas.In the event of a tie, the metro with the greater total population change from 2017 to 2021 was given the edge.In the study, only metros with lower living costs than the national average were considered.

Only metropolitan areas with a population of at least 100,000 people were included to improve relevancy.

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