Throughout the past decade, there has been a significant change in where Americans are choosing to live. Between population increases, climate, and activities in the area, there’s been a noticeable upswing in suburban areas like Bend, Oregon, and warmer spots, like Cape Coral, Florida.
For those looking to make a move, keep these upcoming cities in mind!
In the entire state of Idaho, Meridian is considered the most sought-after city to live in.
From its family-friendly recreational activities to the low crime rate and stellar location nestled between agricultural farmlands and mountains, it’s not surprising many people are flocking to the city, wanting to call it home.
At the turn of the millennium, the tiny desert town of Enterprise, Nevada, had no more than 15,000 residents. However, from 2010-2019, Enterprise has seen a massive upswing in people looking to move to the quirky town, a growth of 60%.
It also doesn’t hurt that Enterprise offers affordable housing and isn’t located too far from Las Vegas.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
As it turns out, many people are skipping over Charleston and relocating to one of its suburbs, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. When it comes to growth, the town has literally skyrocketed, going from 47,000 in 2000 to over 90,000 in 2019.
It goes to show that an affordable housing market will have people flocking!
A hidden gem in the middle of Oregon, the city of Bend, has recently “been found.” Located directly on the Deschutes River, this mid-size city has everything outdoor lovers and adventure seekers are looking for, no matter if the sun is shining or it’s snowing.
From 2010-2020, Bend’s population grew a solid 31%, making it the second fast-growing city, according to WalletHub.
In the past few years, Austin, Texas, has become a hub for artists, technology companies, and musicians. Between its cultural scene, affordable housing, and lively city life, Austin’s population is close to hitting the one million mark.
One of the best parts about Austin is that people don’t have to live in the bustling city. There are plenty of suburban towns to chose from!
South Jordan, Utah
For some, it’s difficult not to make their way to South Jordan, Utah. Located in the Salt Lake Valley and nestled between the Jordan River, Oquirrh Mountains, and Washington Mountains, the town’s natural beauty is unparalleled.
The landscape also paves the way for many outdoor activities, such as camping, hiking, and fishing. From 2010-2019, Insider Monkey named South Jordan the fifth fastest-growing city in the U.S.
When it comes to Tennessee, Murfreesboro is one place people tend to want to live. And it’s not hard to see why, since, according to Real Estate, 52% of residents actually own their homes.
Throw in the beautifully green landscaped parks, the fun Middle Tennessee State University football games, and the fact that it’s an hour’s drive from Nashville, and Murfreesboro seems like a solid place to move!
In recent years, people are saying so-long to the expensive city of Los Angeles, California, and moving to the smaller town of Irvine. A quick drive to the City of Angeles, Irvine is the perfect balance of big city vibes without the massive traffic issue!
According to Yahoo, Irvine’s population has increased by more than 35% from 2010-2019.
It’s no secret why people have been moving to Miami, Florida, in recent years. The city has awesome nightlife, amazing food, and countless entertainment options, making it an attractive option for young people.
In fact, in 2019, the U.S. Census Bureau named Miami the second fast-growing city in the country.
Lehigh Acres, Florida
Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Lehigh Acres has been getting a lot of attention in the past years, with residents flocking to the area.
The area is one of the cheapest in the state, making it an attractive spot for young people who enjoy a laid back and easy lifestyle and are in search of a house.
North Charleston, South Carolina
Thanks to the Palmetto Commerce Parkway, a recent economic surge in North Charleston, South Carolina, has the small city’s population exploding, going from 97,471 residents in 2010 to 115,382 in 2019.
Of course, the business boom isn’t the only reason people are moving to North Charleston. The town has a lot to offer, including yearly carnivals, historical sites, and numerous county parks.
According to the 2020 AZ Big Media’s Ranking Arizona poll, Goodyear, Arizona, is the fourth-best city to live in, in Arizona. The recent influx of housing had Goodyear’s population exploding by a solid 350% in the past two decades.
It’s also not a bad place for Major League Baseball fans to move, especially those who like the Cleveland Indians. The team holds their spring training in Goodyear!
Apex, North Carolina
A nickname that’s more of a phrase, “the peak of good living,” perfectly describes why people are moving to Apex, North Carolina, in droves. Full of small-town charm, Apex is full of natural beauty and is located right outside of the larger city of Raleigh.
In 2019, Money Magazine named Apex one of the best places to live in the country.
In recent years, many young professionals have moved to the Bay Area city of Milpitas, California, as it is part of the technology-heavy area of Silicon Valley.
Even so, there is another attractive aspect of Milpitas to enjoy outside of its business ventures. The area is beautiful, offering numerous outdoor recreational activities,
Cape Coral, Florida
Cape Coral, Florida, is a water lover’s dream. Surrounded by 400 miles of canal waterways and beautiful Gulf Coast beaches, the small city is home to manatees, beautiful mangroves, and numerous ecological reserves.
Many people are moving here to enjoy what nature has to offer, with their trusty kayak in hand!
Henderson, Nevada, is a gem within the state, as it is located on a coveted lake with gorgeous waterfront views.
The city has seen a major population spike in the past 20 years, with a lot of people flocking in from California, eager to take advantage of the affordable housing.
For both the 2017 and 2018 census year, Buckeye Arizona ranked as the number one fast-growing city in the United States. People were flocking there, no doubt attracted to its small town feel with its big city amenities.
Not to mention Buckeye is a quick drive to the nearby city of Phoenix.
San Tan Valley, Arizona
In recent years, the job market in San Tan Valley, Arizona, has greatly expanded, making it a very attractive location for young people looking for a peaceful suburban area to lay down roots.
Well, young people who enjoy a year-round summer, as the temperatures in the city tend to be a hot 70 degrees!
Even though it isn’t the cheapest place in America, Seattle, Washington, has still had a major population spike in recent years– a solid 22% since 2010.
Between its chic downtown area full of coffee shops, restaurants, and bars, Seattle is one of the more attractive Pacific Northwest cities for people who aren’t ready to settle down in suburbia.
From 2010-2019, Frisco, Texas, saw an insane population spike of 71.1%, making it safe to assume one of the more popular options for people looking to move to the vast state.
This tiny town is also home to the National Videogame Museum, Frisco Heritage Museum, and a Sci-Tech Discovery Center. It’s a family-friendly town with a whole lot of charm.