The 10 Fastest-Growing Cities in Florida

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It is no secret that Florida is one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. Whether for retirement or to live every day in paradise, people are flocking from all over the world to reside in Florida.

Back in 2016, Florida was named as the fourth fastest-growing state in the country. Reports also state that in 2022, Florida will surpass 22 million people. Some of the reasons Florida has become so popular include:

  • One of the fastest-growing economies
  • Widely accessible from Europe—with cheap flights
  • Expats welcomed
  • Rich in culture
  • Affordability and easy standard of living
  • Kind and easy-going people
  • Best beaches in the world
  • Expansive ecological environments
  • Summer all-year-round
  • And more

It is no wonder people are moving to Florida in droves. Florida has great room to expand, raise a family, and enjoy beautiful, scenic views no matter what coast you find yourself on.

Here is everything you need to know about the 10 fastest-growing cities in Florida.

10. Palm Springs

Nestled in the suburbs of Fort Lauderdale, there is a city called Palm Springs. The population is steadily increasing as more folks flock to the quiet paradise for rest and relaxation. Founded in 1957, Palm Springs, Florida is one of the best places in the state to settle down.

Armed with endless recreation centers, there is something for the entire family—all ages included. People continue to move there and feel it is one of the best places to raise a family in the country.

9. Doral

Miami is one of the top spots in the country to both visit and reside. It is no surprise that a place within Miami is one of the fastest-growing places in the United States. Doral has recently added new projects to its grid which has greatly increased interest in people looking to move to Florida.

Downtown Doral and CityPlace continue to attract many new walks of life, including tech companies like Carnival Corporation and the Miami Herald. The expansive job opportunities make Doral a hot commodity for those looking to relocate and grab a great career.

8. Parkland

In central Florida, Parkland is recognized as one of the fastest-growing cities. You can find Parkland in Broward County with Fort Lauderdale not far off. It is hailed as one of the few places that remains traffic light-free!

Parkland was founded in 1963 and continues to expand due to its naturally wondrous atmosphere. The peace and serenity of the environment allow Parkland to have a 77% lower crime rate than the rest of the continental U.S. Although a bit pricey, Parkland continues to grow at an impressive rate.

7. Nocatee

One of the most up-and-coming cities in Florida is Nocatee, located just north of St. Johns County. Equipped with a wonderful education system, exciting recreational centers, a plethora of delicious restaurants, and to-die-for scenery, Nocatee continues to grow in popularity.

Nocatee is comprised of 20 distinct neighborhoods, all intricately interconnected. Located near the famous St. Augustine, it is one of the best places in the country to retire based on its affordability and sere environment. 

6. Winter Garden

A picture of a rail car and a clock tower. There's some trees, it looks like a quaint part of Winter Garden.

One of the smaller cities in Florida, Winter Garden increases its population by the month! Only 14 miles from the bustling Downton Orlando, since 2018, Winter Garden’s career opportunities make it one of the most desirable places to call home.

Founded in 1908, the local economy maintains its steady influx of educational facilities, job opportunities, and is a great place to raise a family. Purchasing a home is also more affordable in Winter Garden than in other big cities in Florida.

5. St. Cloud

St. Cloud is notorious for its laid-back, easy-breezy atmosphere. The city offers extensive job opportunities in addition to a wide variety of restaurants, a growing economy, and respected communities.

Founded in 1909, St. Cloud offers three gorgeous lakes, trees, and luscious green landscapes, and one of the most peaceful places to call home. The fast-growing economy also offers incredible affordability to purchase a home.

4. Fort Lauderdale

An aerial view of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. You can see a channel of water with large boats docked in front of condos. Lots of large buildings in the background.

Fort Lauderdale is one of the most recognizable names. located only 23 miles from Miami in the southeastern part of Florida, Fort Lauderdale is one of the fastest-growing metro cities in the entire state of Florida.

Considered one of the meccas of the tech industries, the business sector is booming and people continue to inhabit this city at record speed. Thousands of new homes have been constructed to meet the supply of tourists turned residents. The successful educational system, great universities, exciting nightlife, and daily activities are enough to keep every Floridian happy.

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3. Ocoee

Orange County, Florida is comprised of an increasingly popular city called Ocoee. The tiny city is only 15.7 square miles yet is welcoming and affordable. Only 30 minutes walking distance to Disneyworld puts this place on the map of the most desired and fastest-growing places on the market. 

With a crime rate that is 21% lower than the national average and the many adventure opportunities, Ocoee is a steady place to raise a family and create memories to last a lifetime. Founded in 1886, this suburban Orlando neighbor has everything a transplant could ever want.

2. Clermont

Another suburb near the sought-after Orlando, Clermont is comprised of rolling green hills and many clean lakes. With infinite outdoor activities to enjoy such as hiking, walking, kayaking, or biking, Clermont boasts breathtaking scenery and views of Lake Minneola.

Founded in 1884 and an impressively low crime rate of 20% lower than the national average, Clermont is a safe place to begin a family and for relocation. Noted as one of the healthiest places to live and steadily-increasing job opportunities, this place has the best of both worlds.

1. Fruitland Park

Fruitland Park is the number one fastest-growing city in Florida according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The city is most famous for its citrus-baring fruit trees and its impeccable safety—50% below the national average crime rate!

Founded by Major. Orlando P. Rooks and Calvin Lee, Fruitland Park is a great place to enjoy the simple things in life. Close enough to the major cities yet far enough to steer clear of the daily hustle and bustle, Fruitland Park’s beautiful lakes turn tourists into residents.

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Florida continues to be one of the nation’s hotspots to both visit and reside. The Sunshine State offers endless coasts of some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, and now is becoming a mecca for the real estate boom. 

It continues to be one of the fastest-growing states in America and does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. In 2021 alone, Florida grew by 1%. From ample employment opportunities, easy relocation, cheap airfare, endless summer weather, accessibility for the family to visit, affordability, and low taxes, why wouldn’t Florida be considered one of the best places to live?

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