Seven of the fast growing cities with populations of 50,000 people or more live in Texas in 2016-17, according to the US Census Bureau. And why not? Jobs are abundant; housing is affordable, the weather is generally nice and there is no state income tax.

Cities in the South grew by 10%; Western cities grew by 7.8%; cities in the Midwest grew by 3% and cities in the Northeast grew by 2,2%. That low growth percentage in the Northeast is the lowest percentage of growth that region of the country has faced since 2000.

Here are the country’s fastest growing cities based upon the numbers between 2016-2017.

City                              # Increase                           2017 Population

  1. San Antonio              +24,208                              1,511,946

San Antonio grew +66% in 1 year with 66 people moving in daily. 

  1. Phoenix                     +24,036                               11,626,078

Phoenix’s new residents came from the Northeast; its Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the country.

  1. Dallas                         +18,935                               1,341.075
  2. Ft. Worth                    +18,654                               874,168

For the first time, Ft. Worth surpassed Indianapolis to became the 15th largest city in the country. The country’s 14 largest cities in the country haven’t changed since 2016.

5.  Los Angeles               +18,643                               3,999,759

  1. Seattle _                     +17,490                               724,745

Seattle grew by 18.7%, according to the Seattle Times.

Charlotte, NC                 +15,551                                 859,035

  1. Columbus, OH            +15,492                                 879,170
  2. Frisco, TX                   +13,470                                 177,286

Home to National Videogame Museum, an average of 37 people/day moved into Frisco.

  1. Atlanta                        +13,323                                485,290
  2. San Diego                   +12,834                               1,419,516
  3. Austin                         +12,515                                 950,715

Austin grew by 17.9%, according to the Seattle Times.

  1. Jacksonville, FL             +11,169                                892,062
  2. Irvine, CA                     +11,066                                 277,453
  3. Henderson, NV              +10,534                                202,539

Here are the country’s fastest growing cities based upon percentages between 2016-2017.

City                              % Increase                 2017 Population

  1. Frisco, TX                     +8.2%                                 177,286
  2. New Brownfield, TX       +8.01%                                 79,152

3.  Pflugerville, TX             +6.5%                                   63,359

  1. Ankeny, Iowa                 +6.4%                                  62,416
  2. Buckeye, AZ                  +5.9%                                  68,453
  3. Georgetown, TX              +5.4%                                 70,685

7.  Castle Rock, CO              +5.1%                                 62,276

  1. Franklin, TN                      +4.9%                               78,321
  2. McKinney, TX                    +4.8%                              181,330
  3. Meridian, ID                     +4.7%                              99,926

#2 Phoenix by the numbers does not make it into the top ten because its population is much larger than other cities represented above. Also, Los Angeles, Seattle, Charlotte, Columbus and Atlanta experienced large influxes of people without making significant impacts on their respective broader populations.