The U.S. population has grown by 18.9 million people since the 2010 census, according to the U.S. Census Bureau—an increase of over six percent. But not all of this growth has been spread evenly across the country. Some areas are actually shrinking, particularly in the ex-industrial heartlands. However, a number of Southern cities are seeing a massive uptick in population. Frisco in Texas leads the pack of these suddenly-booming cities. Located in the north of the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, Frisco had just over 6,000 residents in 1990, but now boasts 177,286 people—twice that of the 2010 census. A 25-minute drive from downtown Dallas, Frisco has award-winning schools and is home to the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. It has a high rate of job growth and, according to Data USA, the median household income is $117,642. That’s far higher than the national average, which stands at $55,352. Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney has been open about the city’s ambitions, recently … [Read more...] about Fastest-growing Cities: Where Are Americans Flocking To?
Most people associate boomtowns—urban areas experiencing a sudden influx of population—with dusty, Wild West history. The most renowned examples erupted in the 1848 California Gold Rush, when 300,000 people arrived in the state in search of their fortunes. In less than two years, San Francisco grew from a tiny settlement of around 200 inhabitants to a chaotic town of more than 25,000. The industrial revolution also caused booms, such as the mass migration to Detroit during the height of the car manufacturing industry. But booms—as well as busts—are still happening across the nation. Like the old California prospectors, some of the latest boomers are mining their fortunes, but not in the ground and rivers. Politico reports that Bitcoin entrepreneurs have recently settled en mass in the Washington town of East Wenatchee. They are drawn to the area’s abundance of cheap hydro-electricity, crucial to the energy-burning process their computer systems have to … [Read more...] about Boomtown, USA: America’s Fastest Growing Cities, with Great Job Opportunities and Business Growth
Stonebriar Centre -- one of the most successful malls in the country, Cheney says -- is making improvements to stay relevant. It will be home to KidZania, an attraction that combines learning and fun with detailed role-playing in a miniature city. A new Hyatt Regency Hotel that will be attached to the mall also recently broke ground. The 18-story, 303-room hotel will include a conference center, public library and parking garage. The historic downtown district is also seeing a revitalization. City officials are working on an update to the downtown master plan. Several mixed-use projects are also being proposed by Nack Development, including The Patios at The Rail and The Tower at the Rail. A 200-seat performing arts theater is also in the works. This fall will be the opening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame at Toyota Stadium.Affecting Frisco for generations to come is a new branch campus for the University of North Texas. Cheney said attracting a four-year university has … [Read more...] about Frisco mayor cites ‘drive to be great’ in fast-growing city’s next big projects
But while experts said Frisco’s strong showing is merely more of the same from a northern corridor that has been on an economic tear, observers of Texas’ growth say that the latest numbers included surprising signs of momentum in a part of the metroplex that often plays second fiddle.“Fort Worth, when you look recently, has been growing steadily and now it seems like it’s popped up a little bit,” said state demographer Lloyd Potter. “I wouldn’t say it was in the doldrums, but it wasn’t growing at the same pace as some of the other areas in Texas.”Cowtown added 18,664 residents over the year, the fourth most of any city in the country -- following close behind Dallas, which added 18,935.That was enough, the data showed, to push Fort Worth past Indianapolis as the nation’s 15th largest city.The 14 largest cities in the country didn’t change from the prior year. Which means that Texas surpassed California’s share of … [Read more...] about Frisco was the nation’s fastest-growing city, but another D-FW city’s growth was more surprising
This story originally appeared on CityLab and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When Latter-day Saint migrants arrived in Utah in 1847, a verse in Isaiah served as consolation to them in the dessicated landscape: “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.” Lately, the desert has blossomed nowhere more than the St. George area, in the state’s southern reaches. The city is a picturesque outpost, with red-rock desert framing bright green lawns and golf courses, all built around the stark white Mormon temple in the center of town. Brigham Young’s adherents came here to grow crops, primarily cotton—hence its reputation as Utah’s Dixie. Today, that ceaseless sunshine is luring so many tourists, retirees, and students that St. George has become the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the country. According to Census Bureau data released in March, the … [Read more...] about America’s Fastest-Growing Urban Area Has a Water Problem