Top 20 Fastest Growing Metro Areas

by King White, on Jun 17, 2014 12:59:00 PM

As labor markets tighten across the United States, it is critical to understand the impact of population growth when trying to decide where to locate headquarters, manufacturing plants, distribution centers, call centers and other corporate facilities.

“Our clients have become extremely focused on labor market scalability and longevitypopulation_growth_sm over the last several years as they seek to maximize the return on their investment,” said Brett Bayduss, Principle of Site Selection Group. To understand what metro areas have a potential advantage, Site Selection Group evaluated historic and future population growth trends to identify metro areas best positioned to outperform the rest of the United States.

Historic Growth Trends

The following table identifies the top 20 metro areas that had the highest increase in population between 2010 and 2014. The overall winners are Dallas and Houston, which have seen explosive growth that has beat mega-markets such as New York and Los Angeles. Some of the hidden gems include locations such as Phoenix, San Antonio, Orlando, Charlotte and Tampa, which continue to successfully attract some major projects to their communities.

Top 20 Fastest Growing Metro Areas
Population Increase (2010-2014)
Metro AreaPopulation Increase
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 590,002
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 552,252
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 522,066
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 490,752
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 403,205
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 377,574
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 354,611
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 301,835
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 238,729
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 234,350
Austin-Round Rock, TX 218,987
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 211,518
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 206,740
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX 195,276
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH 170,901
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 170,426
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 159,539
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 146,205
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 145,677
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 131,948

Forecasted Growth Trends

The following table identifies the top 20 metro areas that have the highest forecasted percentage growth rate between 2014 and 2019. The overall winners are mostly small to mid-size metro areas such as Williston, Dickenson, Andrews, Midland, Odessa and Bismarck that will be impacted by the energy boom. Junction City and Clarksville are also projected to rise to the top due to the growth of military operations in their communities. Other notable mentions include Austin, Houston, Clarksville and Crestview-Fort Walton Beach.

Top 20 Fastest Growth Metro Areas
Forecasted Growth Rate (2014-2019)
Metro AreaForecasted Growth Rate
Williston, ND 19.49%
Dickinson, ND 17.21%
Junction City, KS 14.97%
Andrews, TX 14.20%
Midland, TX 13.05%
The Villages, FL 12.70%
Heber, UT 11.60%
Austin-Round Rock, TX 11.45%
Odessa, TX 10.76%
Bismarck, ND 10.16%
Dunn, NC 9.66%
Elko, NV 9.56%
Clarksville, TN-KY 9.45%
Vernal, UT 9.44%
Minot, ND 9.40%
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 9.12%
Columbus, GA-AL 8.92%
Elk City, OK 8.89%
Casper, WY 8.76%
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 8.69%


Many factors can impact the growth of a metro area. It is critical to understand why a market is incurring such growth before making a location decision. High growth often brings many challenges such as low unemployment, wage inflation and excessive employee attrition. Bottom-line, make sure to evaluate all location criteria before deciding where to expand in the future.


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