US population growth, like much of the world’s most economically advanced countries, plummeted to an 80-year low of 0.6% y/y in 2018.

Are any metros experiencing growth despite this plummeting population growth? Yes, according to 24/7Wall St. How? People 60+ are driving growth to warmer climates and metros attracting younger people with strong job markets, healthy economies and metros appealing to those wanting to start and raise families.

Here are two lists of metros from 24/7WallSt…one focusing on metros growing due to warm climates for older Americans choosing to relocate and one focusing on strong economies, job markets and family oriented communities.

24/7WallSt List of Metros with Appealing Climates

24/7WallSt compared population growth from 2010 to 2018.

  1. Charleston SC
    1. Average temperature – 66.7 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 107
    3. Average sunny cays – NA
  2. Santa Barbara CA
    1. Average temperature – 59 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 36
    3. Average sunny days – NA
  3. San Francisco
    1. Average temperature – 57.3 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 67
    3. Average sunny days – NA
  4. Vevo Beach FL
    1. Average temperature – 73 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 121
    3. Average sunny days – NA
  5. Honolulu HI
    1. Average temperature – 77.7 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 93
    3. Average sunny days – 94
  6. Galveston TX
    1. Average temperature – 71.2 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 96
    3. Average sunny days – NA
  7. Lihue HI
    1. Average temperature – 75.8 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 197
    3. Average sunny days – 125
  8. Gainesville FL
    1. Average temperature – 68.9 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 17
    3. Average sunny days 17
  9. Dallas TX
    1. Average temperature – 67.1 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 79
    3. Average sunny days – NA
  10. Kahului HI
    1. Average temperature – 75.8 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 88
    3. Average sunny days – 90
  11. Daytona Beach FL
    1. Average temperature – 70.8 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 115
    3. Average sunny days – 136
  12. Brownsville TX
    1. Average temperature – 74.5 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 71
    3. Average sunny days – 138
  13. Walla Walla WA
    1. Average temperature – 53.5 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 107
    3. Average sunny days – NA
  14. Victoria TX
    1. Average temperature – 70.2 days
    2. Average rainy days – 90
    3. Average sunny days – 162
  15. Corpus Christi TX
    1. Average temperature – 70.1 degrees
    2. Average rainy days – 76
    3. Average sunny days – 142

With 170 days/year of temperatures 90 + degrees, Phoenix did not make this list.

24/7WallSt List of Metros with Strong Economies, Job Markets & Family Oriented Communities

Again, 24/7WallSt. compared population growth from 2010 – 2018.

  1. The Villages FL – +36.6% population (54% of that 36.6% growth rate is of retirement age)
    1. Unemployment rate of 5.1%
    2. Median income – $54,771
  2. Myrtle Beach – Conway – North Myrtle Beach SC/NC – +27.1% population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 5.0%
    2. Median income – $47,732
  3. Midland TX – +25.8% population growth (fastest growth)
  4. Unemployment rate – 2.2%
  5. Median income – $75.570

 

  1. Austin – Round Rock TX – +25.5 population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 3.0&
    2. Median income – $69,717
  2. George UT – +24.1% population growth (fastest city in growing state)
    1. Unemployment rate – 3.4%
    2. Median income – $55,175
  3. Greeley CO – +23.6% population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 3.2%
    2. Median income – $66,489
  4. Bend – Redmond OR – +21.7% population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 5.2%
    2. Median income – $59,152
  5. Cape Coral – Fort Meyer FL – +21.6% population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 3.3%
    2. Median income – $52,052
  6. Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford FL – +20.3% population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 3.2%
    2. Median income – $52,261
  7. Raleigh SC – +19.8%
    1. Unemployment rate – 3.7% population growth
    2. Median income – $68,870
  8. Provo – Orem UT – +19.0% population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 2.8%
    2. Median income – $66,742
  9. Daphine – Fairhope – Foley AL – +19.1% population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 3.7%
    2. Median income – $52,562
  10. Odessa RX – +18.3% population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 2.7%
    2. Median income – $59,528
  11. Boise ID – +18.3% population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 3.3%
    2. Median income – $54,120
  12. Crestview – Fort Walton Beach – Westin FL – +18.1% population growth
    1. Unemployment rate – 3.0%
    2. Median income – $57,421