The United States’ 15 Fastest-Growing Metro Areas

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Note from the Editors: This article first appeared on Inspection Support Network.

It’s no secret that America’s most popular cities from a century ago, such as New York and Chicago, have shrunk in recent years, but even newer destinations, such as Los Angeles, have seen population declines.

Rather, youSResidents are flocking to the South and West’s up-and-coming hotspots.

A century ago, U.S.SAccording to census data, 91Outside of the Western states, only 3% of the population lived, but the West now outnumbers both the Midwest and the Northeast.Meanwhile, after stagnating for much of the last century, the South is now the country’s fastest-growing region.

The composition of the current U.S. population is depicted in census data for 2021.SThe population will be 38.In the South, 1% of the population is under the age of 23.In the West, 7% of the population is under the age of 20.8% in the Midwest and 17% in the SouthIn the Northeast, 4%

One of the driving forces behind the migration south and west has been the availability of more and better-paying jobs.Austin’s growth as a new high-tech hub in Texas has earned it the nickname of the new Silicon Valley. Seattle has been a prime example of the renaissance in tech jobs out west, and its growth as a new high-tech hub in Texas has earned it the nickname of the new Silicon Valley.Outdoor recreational opportunities and more favorable weather, as well as lower living costs, have all played a significant role.

Inspection Support Network researchers compiled U.S. Census Bureau data to determine which metropolitan areas are growing the fastest across the country.SThe differences in population between 2015 and 2021 were then compared using Census Bureau data.The fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the United States are listed below.S

Utah’s Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021) 64%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 74663
  • 1240029 people in 2021
  • Provo-Orem, Utah is the most common origin for recent movers.

Atlanta, Sandy Springs, and Roswell, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia homes

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021) 70%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 399179
  • 6087762 (population in 2021)
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA is the most common origin for recent movers.

Houston, The Woodlands, and Sugar Land are all located in the state of Texas.

Houston, Texas skyline

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021) 73%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 483675
  • 7154478 is the population forecast for 2021.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX is the most common origin for recent movers.

Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue, Washington

Seattle

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021) 74%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 276887
  • 4018598 (population in 2021)
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA is the most common origin for recent movers.

Tennessee (Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin)

Nashville, Tennessee

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021) 86%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 155244
  • In 2021, the population will be 1961232.
  • Knoxville, Tennessee is the most common origin for recent movers.

Tampa-St. PetersburgClearwater-St. Petersburg, Florida

Tampa, Florida

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021) 87%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 258488
  • 3243963 people in 2021
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA is the most common origin for recent movers.

New Braunfels-San Antonio, Texas

San Antonio at night.

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021) 89%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 211375
  • 2590732 people in 2021
  • Austin-Round Rock, TX is the most common origin for recent movers.

TX (Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington)

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021) 93%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 651816
  • 7694138 people in 2021
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land TX is the most common origin for recent movers.

NC-SC Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia

Charlotte North Carolina

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021) 96%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 234770
  • 2684276 people in 2021
  • New York-Newark-Jersey City NY-NJ-PA is the most common origin for recent movers.

Jacksonville, Florida is a city in Florida.

Jacksonville, Florida

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021) 98%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 142273
  • 1587892 people in 2021
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach FL is the most common origin for recent movers.

Las Vegas, Henderson, and Paradise, Nevada

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021): 104%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 218131
  • 2315963 people in 2021
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA is the most common origin for recent movers.

Orlando, Kissimmee, and Sanford, Florida

Orlando, Florida

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021): 105%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 249797
  • 2639374 people in 2021
  • Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach FL is the most common origin for recent movers.

Arizona (Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale)

Phoenix, Arizona

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  • Change in population as a percentage (2015-2021): 105%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 479564
  • 5059909 people in 2021
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CA is the most common origin for recent movers.

Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

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  • (2015-2021) Population Change in Percentage 117%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 148708
  • 1420376 (population in 2021)
  • Durham-Chapel Hill NC is the most common origin for recent movers.

TX (Austin-Round Rock)

Austin, Texas

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  • Population change as a percentage (2015-2021) 146%
  • Total population change (2015-2021) 292489
  • 2021 Population: 2295303
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land TX is the most common origin for recent movers.

Detailed Findings & Methodology

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The U.S. Census Bureau provided population estimates for 2015 and 2021, as well as migration patterns across metropolitan areas.SBureau of the CensusResearchers calculated the percentage change in population between 2015 and 2021 to determine which locations are the fastest growing.

Using the most recent migration data available, the metropolitan area or state with the largest absolute number of movers is the most common origin for recent movers.This is for the years 2014-2021 in metropolitan areas and 2021-2021 in states.

All metropolitan areas in the United StatesSThe analysis included censuses with at least 100,000 people.

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