Top 100 Fastest Growing Counties in the US

Zoom around on this map to explore the 100 fastest growing counties in the US from 2013 to 2014.

The data are from the US Census Bureau’s 2014 Population Estimates that were released on March 26, 2015.

The top 20 fastest growing US counties from 2013 to 2014 are listed in the Chart below.

Rank Geography Percent Change, 2013 to 2014
1 Williams County, North Dakota 8.7
2 Stark County, North Dakota 7
3 Sumter County, Florida 5.4
4 Pickens County, Alabama 5.1
5 Hays County, Texas 4.8
6 Fort Bend County, Texas 4.7
7 Forsyth County, Georgia 4.6
8 Wasatch County, Utah 4.3
9 Comal County, Texas 4
10 Morgan County, Utah 4
11 St. Johns County, Florida 4
12 Andrews County, Texas 4
13 Montgomery County, Texas 3.8
14 Williamson County, Texas 3.8
15 Kendall County, Texas 3.8
16 Walton County, Florida 3.6
17 Dallas County, Iowa 3.6
18 Osceola County, Florida 3.6
19 Richland County, Montana 3.5
20 Loudoun County, Virginia 3.4
Source: US Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates, Released March 26, 2015.

Download the top 100 county list as an Excel file.

Or if you need to look up the 2014 population for your county, you can find that data for free by 1. clicking on your state and then 2. navigating to your county’s page starting here: https://www.cubitplanning.com/data/quick-reports

Texas contains 7 of the top 20 fastest growing counties while Florida has 4 counties.

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Source: US Census Bureau, 2014 Population Estimates, Released March 26, 2015.

Unsurprising: Texas and Florida
As a Central Texan who lives near to Hays, Comal & Williamson Counties, I’m not surprised to see these 3 counties in the top 20 fastest growing list. With solid job opportunities and a reasonable cost of living, continued population growth in Texas is likely.

As for Florida, I’d be interested to pull age data for the new residents. Is this Florida population growth due to Baby Boomer retirees, or are families and young couples moving there in search of job opportunities?

Surprising: North Dakota and Where’s California?
With 2 North Dakota counties at the top of the fastest 100 growing counties list, it appears that the North Dakota oil boom continued to attract workers through 2014. And surprisingly, no California counties appear in the top 20 list this year.

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