Cities in the United States grow for various reasons, but the fastest growing cities share several things in common. Demographics in the US show that overall population growth was 0.6% in 2018, the lowest level recorded in 80 years. Several states are experiencing population declines, and might benefit from unique programs to increase immigrants with high levels of skills. However, some US cities are expanding much faster than others and the nation as a whole. What are the fastest growing cities in the US?
Top 10 Fastest Growing Cities
The 2019 top 10 fastest growing cities in the US are:
- The Villages, Florida
- Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina-North Carolina
- Midland, Texas
- Austin-Round Rock, Texas
- George, Utah
- Greeley, Colorado
- Bend-Redmond, Oregon
- Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida
- Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida
- Raleigh, North Carolina
What is driving the population growth in the fastest growing cities?
The US overall population growth is relatively anemic. However, the broader trend of retirement-age Americans relocating to cities with desirable climates is driving population growth in several cities. Climate is one of the most important factors that drives retirement-age Americans to move to other cities. Several of these locations also have some of the nation’s most pleasant and temperate climates.
Another factor that the fastest growing cities share is a focus on economic growth. Healthy economies and vibrant job markets draw those looking for opportunities. Many of these cities have thriving economies with diverse economic bases. As a result, these cities become economic engines for their regions, driving continual growth and expansion. Business-friendly policies and favorable tax benefits further increase the desire to relocate to the fastest growing cities.
Several of the fastest growing cities are situated in some of the nation’s most beautiful locations. Some are located along the pristine beaches of a southern coastline. Others are within easy driving distance to stunningly beautiful national parks, mountains, state parks, conservation areas, and national forests. Many of these cities have a number of city parks, rivers, and lakes that support extensive recreational activities.
What Should Employers and Job Seekers in the Fastest Growing Cities do?
Employers in the fastest growing cities should review their corporate initiatives to ensure they can leverage these city’s population growth. They should work with a qualified Relocation Management Company (RMC) that can provide a full range of pre-decision services, career services, and mobility consulting.
Employers may consider relocating new hires or transferees to fill positions in the fastest growing cities as growth continues. They should provide transferees and their family members with as many valuable resources as possible to help increase relocation success.
Job seekers looking for opportunities should consider these as good places to find a job. They should also look into leveraging career services to enhance their job search and increase the likelihood of success in the job market.
Employers not currently located in one of the fastest growing cities should look into the possibility of expansion or relocation for their business. Cities that are growing generate a number of opportunities for companies, including:
- New customers
- Growing workforce
- Higher quality of life
- Sustainable business growth
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