Charlotte Is 2019’s 9th Fastest-Growing Large City in America

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With the Census Bureau reporting that the South and West held 14 of the 15 cities with the largest population gains in 2018, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Fastest-Growing Cities in America.

To determine where the most rapid local economic growth occurred over a period of seven years, WalletHub compared 515 U.S. cities across 17 key metrics. The data set ranges from population growth to college-educated population growth to unemployment rate decrease. In addition, we produced a separate ranking by city size.

The report found that Charlotte is the 9th fastest growing large city in the nation;

Ranking by City Size

Rank* Large City Name
(Score)
Rank* Midsize City Name
(Score)
Rank* Small City Name
(Score)
1 Austin, TX
(67.30)
1 Lehigh Acres, FL
(82.11)
1 Mount Pleasant, SC
(79.47)
2 Miami, FL
(66.54)
2 Enterprise, NV
(76.62)
2 Bend, OR
(78.10)
3 Seattle, WA
(64.55)
3 Frisco, TX
(74.25)
3 Fort Myers, FL
(73.88)
4 Henderson, NV
(62.92)
4 Meridian, ID
(73.76)
4 Saint George, UT
(72.42)
5 Denver, CO
(62.23)
5 Cape Coral, FL
(71.56)
5 Concord, NC
(66.91)
6 Oakland, CA
(60.61)
6 Round Rock, TX
(70.99)
6 Milpitas, CA
(66.54)
7 Fort Worth, TX
(59.91)
7 College Station, TX
(70.54)
7 Chino, CA
(64.41)
8 Atlanta, GA
(58.70)
8 Murfreesboro, TN
(69.96)
8 Indio, CA
(63.12)
9 Charlotte, NC
(58.39)
9 McKinney, TX
(69.23)
9 Manteca, CA
(62.53)
10 Tampa, FL
(57.27)
10 Midland, TX
(67.46)
10 Pleasanton, CA
(62.26)
11 Phoenix, AZ
(55.72)
11 Arden-Arcade, CA
(66.11)
11 Redwood City, CA
(60.38)
12 Mesa, AZ
(55.70)
12 Santa Clarita, CA
(65.58)
12 Nampa, ID
(60.29)
13 San Francisco, CA
(55.27)
13 Sugar Land, TX
(65.52)
13 Tracy, CA
(60.05)
14 Aurora, CO
(55.02)
14 Spring Valley, NV
(65.42)
14 Fayetteville, AR
(59.92)
15 Raleigh, NC
(54.34)
15 Greeley, CO
(64.70)
15 Mountain View, CA
(59.91)
16 Nashville, TN
(54.12)
16 Brandon, FL
(64.55)
16 Loveland, CO
(57.76)
17 San Jose, CA
(54.03)
17 Pearland, TX
(64.25)
17 Boca Raton, FL
(56.86)
18 Boston, MA
(53.95)
18 Orlando, FL
(63.18)
18 Bellingham, WA
(56.42)
19 Jacksonville, FL
(53.06)
19 Spring Hill, FL
(63.00)
19 Chino Hills, CA
(56.41)
20 Dallas, TX
(52.95)
20 Tempe, AZ
(62.85)
20 Palm Coast, FL
(56.39)
21 Fresno, CA
(51.92)
21 Port Saint Lucie, FL
(62.85)
21 Springdale, AR
(55.86)
22 Sacramento, CA
(51.92)
22 Charleston, SC
(62.69)
22 Flower Mound, TX
(55.31)
23 Portland, OR
(51.86)
23 Richardson, TX
(62.18)
23 Avondale, AZ
(55.30)
24 San Antonio, TX
(51.84)
24 Hillsboro, OR
(62.15)
24 Longmont, CO
(55.03)
25 Las Vegas, NV
(51.64)
25 North Charleston, SC
(62.01)
25 Hemet, CA
(54.91)
26 Washington, DC
(51.60)
26 Irvine, CA
(61.84)
26 Boynton Beach, FL
(54.87)
27 Omaha, NE
(50.50)
27 Denton, TX
(61.74)
27 Layton, UT
(54.86)
28 Riverside, CA
(50.44)
28 Thornton, CO
(60.44)
28 Edinburg, TX
(54.72)
29 Colorado Springs, CO
(50.34)
29 Reno, NV
(60.05)
29 Lake Charles, LA
(54.29)
30 Columbus, OH
(48.99)
30 Cary, NC
(59.85)
30 Asheville, NC
(54.20)
31 Los Angeles, CA
(48.33)
31 League City, TX
(59.45)
31 Orem, UT
(54.06)
32 Stockton, CA
(47.85)
32 Clovis, CA
(59.06)
32 Melbourne, FL
(53.94)
33 Minneapolis, MN
(47.64)
33 Roseville, CA
(58.86)
33 Somerville, MA
(53.93)
34 Anaheim, CA
(47.57)
34 Bellevue, WA
(58.81)
34 Carmel, IN
(53.56)
35 San Diego, CA
(47.11)
35 Sparks, NV
(58.68)
35 Union City, CA
(53.52)
36 Kansas City, MO
(47.07)
36 Odessa, TX
(58.17)
36 Largo, FL
(53.49)
37 Arlington, TX
(46.55)
37 Ontario, CA
(58.11)
37 Medford, OR
(53.45)
38 Santa Ana, CA
(45.62)
38 Surprise, AZ
(58.00)
38 Apple Valley, CA
(53.04)
39 Houston, TX
(44.95)
39 Santa Clara, CA
(57.46)
39 Santa Fe, NM
(52.77)
40 Saint Paul, MN
(44.89)
40 San Mateo, CA
(57.42)
40 San Marcos, CA
(52.73)
41 Cincinnati, OH
(44.65)
41 Murrieta, CA
(57.34)
41 Fishers, IN
(51.73)
42 Long Beach, CA
(44.65)
42 Davie, FL
(57.21)
42 Livermore, CA
(51.72)
43 Oklahoma City, OK
(44.25)
43 Fort Collins, CO
(56.78)
43 Bloomington, IN
(51.41)
44 New Orleans, LA
(43.84)
44 Scottsdale, AZ
(56.74)
44 Lake Forest, CA
(51.26)
45 Bakersfield, CA
(43.45)
45 Fontana, CA
(56.70)
45 Hawthorne, CA
(51.07)
46 Lexington, KY
(43.02)
46 Sandy Springs, GA
(56.32)
46 Bryan, TX
(51.02)
47 Indianapolis, IN
(41.97)
47 Arvada, CO
(56.06)
47 Deltona, FL
(50.99)
48 Philadelphia, PA
(41.82)
48 North Las Vegas, NV
(55.90)
48 O Fallon, MO
(50.93)
49 Louisville, KY
(40.21)
49 Fremont, CA
(55.83)
49 North Richland Hills, TX
(50.61)
50 Corpus Christi, TX
(38.61)
50 Gilbert, AZ
(55.67)
50 Sunrise, FL
(50.05)
51 Chicago, IL
(38.34)
51 Sunnyvale, CA
(55.51)
51 Sandy, UT
(49.40)
52 New York, NY
(36.91)
52 Cambridge, MA
(55.24)
52 Rock Hill, SC
(49.37)
53 Tucson, AZ
(36.16)
53 Tacoma, WA
(54.79)
53 Spokane Valley, WA
(49.22)
54 Detroit, MI
(35.75)
54 Grand Rapids, MI
(54.71)
54 Upland, CA
(49.13)
55 Saint Louis, MO
(35.65)
55 Fargo, ND
(54.21)
55 Plantation, FL
(49.02)
56 El Paso, TX
(35.46)
56 Vancouver, WA
(53.99)
56 Chico, CA
(48.93)
57 Honolulu, HI
(35.40)
57 Palm Bay, FL
(53.96)
57 Hesperia, CA
(48.90)
58 Pittsburgh, PA
(35.39)
58 Richmond, VA
(53.95)
58 Citrus Heights, CA
(48.68)
59 Wichita, KS
(35.26)
59 Irving, TX
(53.80)
59 Pharr, TX
(48.46)
60 Baltimore, MD
(34.92)
60 West Palm Beach, FL
(53.79)
60 Redding, CA
(48.21)
61 Virginia Beach, VA
(34.17)
61 Hayward, CA
(53.73)
61 Federal Way, WA
(48.21)
62 Milwaukee, WI
(33.05)
62 Daly City, CA
(53.66)
62 Deerfield Beach, FL
(47.87)
63 Cleveland, OH
(31.50)
63 Richmond, CA
(53.57)
63 Yuma, AZ
(47.85)
64 Tulsa, OK
(31.45)
64 Sioux Falls, SD
(53.42)
64 Folsom, CA
(47.22)
65 Albuquerque, NM
(31.36)
65 Everett, WA
(53.23)
65 Gastonia, NC
(47.15)
66 Memphis, TN
(28.33)
66 Allen, TX
(53.20)
66 San Leandro, CA
(47.12)
67 Centennial, CO
(53.18)
67 Redlands, CA
(46.89)
68 Concord, CA
(53.02)
68 Rapid City, SD
(46.85)
69 Fort Lauderdale, FL
(53.00)
69 Turlock, CA
(46.83)
70 Lakewood, CO
(52.97)
70 Bellflower, CA
(46.81)
71 Durham, NC
(52.84)
71 Missouri City, TX
(46.74)
72 Salem, OR
(52.41)
72 Ogden, UT
(46.58)
73 Elk Grove, CA
(52.12)
73 Baldwin Park, CA
(46.57)
74 Temecula, CA
(52.09)
74 Baytown, TX
(46.56)
75 Moreno Valley, CA
(52.05)
75 Lawrence, KS
(46.49)
76 Carrollton, TX
(51.88)
76 Plymouth, MN
(46.47)
77 Clarksville, TN
(51.58)
77 Lynwood, CA
(46.46)
78 Corona, CA
(51.56)
78 Beaverton, OR
(46.46)
79 Highlands Ranch, CO
(51.47)
79 Alameda, CA
(46.39)
80 Hollywood, FL
(51.36)
80 Merced, CA
(46.21)
81 Lewisville, TX
(50.81)
81 Napa, CA
(46.19)
82 Pompano Beach, FL
(50.79)
82 Silver Spring, MD
(45.45)
83 Saint Petersburg, FL
(50.78)
83 Buena Park, CA
(45.33)
84 Glendale, CA
(50.65)
84 Arlington Heights, IL
(45.23)
85 Lakeland, FL
(50.43)
85 Lynchburg, VA
(45.16)
86 Vista, CA
(50.39)
86 Roswell, GA
(44.98)
87 Vallejo, CA
(50.20)
87 Bethlehem, PA
(44.89)
88 Eugene, OR
(50.10)
88 Edmond, OK
(44.74)
89 Antioch, CA
(49.97)
89 Brockton, MA
(44.67)
90 Waco, TX
(49.86)
90 Wyoming, MI
(44.63)
91 Modesto, CA
(49.84)
91 Rochester, MI
(44.62)
92 Peoria, AZ
(49.82)
92 Lakewood, CA
(44.56)
93 Chula Vista, CA
(49.81)
93 Kalamazoo, MI
(44.18)
94 Hialeah, FL
(49.78)
94 Weston, FL
(44.10)
95 Boise, ID
(49.78)
95 Lees Summit, MO
(44.02)
96 Palmdale, CA
(49.71)
96 Tustin, CA
(43.83)
97 Rialto, CA
(49.69)
97 Suffolk, VA
(43.31)
98 Rochester, MN
(49.56)
98 Miami Beach, FL
(43.29)
99 Provo, UT
(49.47)
99 Lawrence, MA
(42.91)
100 West Jordan, UT
(49.04)
100 Carson, CA
(42.66)
101 Santa Maria, CA
(48.99)
101 South Gate, CA
(42.64)
102 Paradise, NV
(48.93)
102 Saint Cloud, MN
(42.62)
103 Lubbock, TX
(48.82)
103 Lynn, MA
(42.47)
104 Athens-Clarke, GA
(48.79)
104 Compton, CA
(42.32)
105 Visalia, CA
(48.71)
105 Greenville, NC
(42.28)
106 Fairfield, CA
(48.70)
106 Iowa City, IA
(42.15)
107 Glendale, AZ
(48.67)
107 Missoula, MT
(42.04)
108 Salt Lake City, UT
(48.64)
108 Westminster, CA
(41.56)
109 Santa Rosa, CA
(48.12)
109 Town ‘n’ Country, FL
(41.54)
110 Spokane, WA
(47.81)
110 Dearborn, MI
(41.43)
111 Plano, TX
(47.74)
111 Sioux City, IA
(41.03)
112 San Bernardino, CA
(47.50)
112 Framingham, MA
(40.97)
113 Kent, WA
(47.43)
113 Eau Claire, WI
(40.82)
114 Rancho Cucamonga, CA
(47.40)
114 Cicero, IL
(40.82)
115 Vacaville, CA
(47.19)
115 Whittier, CA
(40.77)
116 West Valley, UT
(47.15)
116 Union City, NJ
(40.72)
117 Berkeley, CA
(47.13)
117 Lauderhill, FL
(40.69)
118 Madison, WI
(47.04)
118 Reading, PA
(40.61)
119 Chandler, AZ
(47.01)
119 Troy, MI
(40.43)
120 Laredo, TX
(46.91)
120 Southfield, MI
(40.00)
121 Tyler, TX
(46.75)
121 Waukesha, WI
(39.41)
122 Grand Prairie, TX
(46.69)
122 New Bedford, MA
(39.40)
123 Wilmington, NC
(46.63)
123 Redondo Beach, CA
(39.26)
124 Des Moines, IA
(46.42)
124 Quincy, MA
(38.46)
125 Coral Springs, FL
(46.34)
125 Brooklyn Park, MN
(38.42)
126 Olathe, KS
(46.21)
126 Yorba Linda, CA
(38.11)
127 Victorville, CA
(45.74)
127 Santa Monica, CA
(38.01)
128 Killeen, TX
(45.61)
128 Newton, MA
(37.93)
129 West Covina, CA
(45.28)
129 Alhambra, CA
(37.93)
130 Miramar, FL
(45.10)
130 Rio Rancho, NM
(37.84)
131 San Angelo, TX
(45.05)
131 Mission Viejo, CA
(37.63)
132 Garland, TX
(44.95)
132 New Britain, CT
(37.41)
133 Fort Wayne, IN
(44.89)
133 Yakima, WA
(37.39)
134 Inglewood, CA
(44.82)
134 Westland, MI
(37.02)
135 Fullerton, CA
(44.76)
135 Farmington, MI
(36.53)
136 Ann Arbor, MI
(44.76)
136 Santa Barbara, CA
(36.39)
137 Overland Park, KS
(44.74)
137 Cranston, RI
(36.23)
138 Costa Mesa, CA
(44.63)
138 Passaic, NJ
(35.83)
139 Pomona, CA
(44.16)
139 Pawtucket, RI
(35.78)
140 Boulder, CO
(44.15)
140 Parma, OH
(35.63)
141 McAllen, TX
(44.13)
141 East Orange, NJ
(35.62)
142 Huntington Beach, CA
(44.09)
142 Appleton, WI
(35.41)
143 Kansas City, KS
(43.88)
143 Bloomington, MN
(35.19)
144 Lincoln, NE
(43.77)
144 Mount Vernon, NY
(34.93)
145 Savannah, GA
(43.65)
145 Hoover, AL
(34.87)
146 Chattanooga, TN
(43.64)
146 Schaumburg, IL
(34.86)
147 Arlington, VA
(43.63)
147 Livonia, MI
(34.84)
148 Tuscaloosa, AL
(43.42)
148 Ellicott City, MD
(34.69)
149 Garden Grove, CA
(43.27)
149 Mission, TX
(34.63)
150 Alexandria, VA
(43.18)
150 Skokie, IL
(34.59)
151 Lancaster, CA
(43.16)
151 Newport Beach, CA
(34.22)
152 Abilene, TX
(43.07)
152 Kendall, FL
(34.14)
153 East Los Angeles, CA
(43.01)
153 New Rochelle, NY
(33.96)
154 Lowell, MA
(42.97)
154 Racine, WI
(33.74)
155 Gainesville, FL
(42.89)
155 Toms River, NJ
(33.72)
156 Columbia, MO
(42.84)
156 Cheektowaga, NY
(33.42)
157 El Cajon, CA
(42.75)
157 Fall River, MA
(33.36)
158 Jersey City, NJ
(42.69)
158 Scranton, PA
(33.20)
159 Carlsbad, CA
(42.65)
159 Jacksonville, NC
(33.12)
160 Huntsville, AL
(42.62)
160 Muncie, IN
(32.78)
161 Pembroke Pines, FL
(42.55)
161 Wilmington, DE
(32.75)
162 Escondido, CA
(42.51)
162 Clifton, NJ
(32.61)
163 Greensboro, NC
(42.38)
163 Warwick, RI
(32.57)
164 Salinas, CA
(42.06)
164 Saint Joseph, MO
(32.35)
165 Springfield, MO
(41.89)
165 Nashua, NH
(32.17)
166 Ventura, CA
(41.79)
166 Waukegan, IL
(31.93)
167 El Monte, CA
(41.78)
167 Gulfport, MS
(31.90)
168 Clearwater, FL
(41.68)
168 Kenner, LA
(31.48)
169 Oxnard, CA
(41.54)
169 Fort Smith, AR
(31.42)
170 Mesquite, TX
(41.54)
170 Lorain, OH
(31.18)
171 South Bend, IN
(41.52)
171 Youngstown, OH
(30.14)
172 Miami Gardens, FL
(41.49)
172 Bolingbrook, IL
(30.13)
173 Orange, CA
(41.48)
173 Albany, NY
(30.03)
174 Elgin, IL
(41.43)
174 Champaign, IL
(29.83)
175 Chesapeake, VA
(41.39)
175 Roanoke, VA
(29.72)
176 Westminster, CO
(41.35)
176 Gary, IN
(29.63)
177 Allentown, PA
(41.34)
177 Bloomington, IL
(29.49)
178 Norwalk, CA
(41.31)
178 Palatine, IL
(29.37)
179 Winston-Salem, NC
(41.10)
179 Duluth, MN
(29.33)
180 Oceanside, CA
(41.07)
180 Norwalk, CT
(28.98)
181 Burbank, CA
(40.87)
181 Evanston, IL
(28.65)
182 Torrance, CA
(40.74)
182 Longview, TX
(28.26)
183 Elizabeth, NJ
(40.31)
183 Camden, NJ
(28.11)
184 Pueblo, CO
(40.22)
184 Dothan, AL
(27.96)
185 Warren, MI
(40.05)
185 Hammond, IN
(27.10)
186 Lansing, MI
(39.80)
186 Flint, MI
(26.80)
187 Downey, CA
(39.75)
187 Trenton, NJ
(25.57)
188 Independence, MO
(39.62)
188 Danbury, CT
(25.53)
189 Norman, OK
(39.20)
189 Lawton, OK
(25.25)
190 Green Bay, WI
(39.14)
190 Portsmouth, VA
(24.97)
191 Metairie, LA
(39.09)
191 Waterloo, IA
(24.43)
192 Worcester, MA
(39.08)
192 Albany, GA
(22.00)
193 Gresham, OR
(38.99)
193 Decatur, IL
(21.26)
194 Amarillo, TX
(38.83)
194 Erie, PA
(19.66)
195 Pasadena, CA
(38.79)
195 Canton, OH
(18.17)
196 High Point, NC
(38.78)
197 Naperville, IL
(38.62)
198 Manchester, NH
(38.33)
199 Newark, NJ
(38.12)
200 Aurora, IL
(37.05)
201 Broken Arrow, OK
(36.82)
202 Dayton, OH
(36.73)
203 Sunrise Manor, NV
(36.61)
204 Springfield, MA
(36.46)
205 Tallahassee, FL
(36.18)
206 Billings, MT
(36.15)
207 Yonkers, NY
(35.94)
208 Columbia, SC
(35.42)
209 Brownsville, TX
(35.35)
210 Knoxville, TN
(35.35)
211 Sterling Heights, MI
(35.13)
212 Akron, OH
(34.96)
213 Hampton, VA
(34.92)
214 Stamford, CT
(34.89)
215 Joliet, IL
(34.21)
216 Cedar Rapids, IA
(33.99)
217 Paterson, NJ
(33.99)
218 Evansville, IN
(33.93)
219 Providence, RI
(33.29)
220 Pasadena, TX
(33.16)
221 Buffalo, NY
(32.97)
222 Lafayette, LA
(32.80)
223 Simi Valley, CA
(32.66)
224 Beaumont, TX
(32.66)
225 Fayetteville, NC
(32.65)
226 Thousand Oaks, CA
(32.64)
227 Kenosha, WI
(32.59)
228 Augusta, GA
(32.32)
229 Syracuse, NY
(32.26)
230 Little Rock, AR
(31.62)
231 Norfolk, VA
(31.56)
232 Las Cruces, NM
(31.35)
233 New Haven, CT
(31.29)
234 Bridgeport, CT
(31.22)
235 Birmingham, AL
(30.63)
236 Wichita Falls, TX
(30.30)
237 Waterbury, CT
(29.71)
238 Newport News, VA
(29.57)
239 Jackson, MS
(29.19)
240 Mobile, AL
(29.17)
241 Hartford, CT
(28.68)
242 Rochester, NY
(28.24)
243 Montgomery, AL
(28.06)
244 Columbia, MD
(27.93)
245 Peoria, IL
(26.32)
246 Rockford, IL
(26.04)
247 Toledo, OH
(25.93)
248 Baton Rouge, LA
(25.89)
249 Topeka, KS
(25.75)
250 Columbus, GA
(25.02)
251 Anchorage, AK
(24.16)
252 Springfield, IL
(21.95)
253 Davenport, IA
(21.04)
254 Shreveport, LA
(17.72)

Economic Growth in Charlotte (1=Fastest-Growing; 258=Avg.)

  • 67th – Population Growth
  • 34th – Job Growth
  • 147th – Poverty Rate Decrease
  • 77th – Growth in Number of Businesses
  • 63rd – Working-Age Population Growth
  • 133rd – Foreclosure Rate Decrease

Charlotte ranks 59th overall and 9th in terms of large-city growth.

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