Survey: These are the ‘fastest-growing’ cities in America

The biggest challenges faced by cities with rapidly growing populations are the resulting congestive effects.

New data from WalletHub shows that Fort Meyers, FL is the “fastest-growing” city surveyed in the country, with a “total score” of 76.57.

The company took a look at 515 cities in terms of “Jobs & Economy” and “Sociodemographics,” then analyzed those in terms of 15 other factors before eventually giving each location a score out of 100. WalletHub also used information from the U.S. Census Bureau, among many other sources.

They were also ranked according to size, with “large cities” being ones with more than 300,000 residents, “midsize” ones having between 100,000 and 300,000, and “small” ones having less than 100,000.

Here are the top 10 “fastest-growing cities”

Check them out:

1) Fort Meyers, FL: total score of 76.57

2) Midland, TX: total score of 73.55

3) Pearland, TX: total score of 72.68

4) Bend, OR : total score of 72.45

5) McKinney, TX: total score of 71.4

6) College Station, TX: total score of 71.17

7) Lehigh Acres, FL: total score of 71

8) Mount Pleasant, SC: total score of 70.87

9) Enterprise, NV: total score of 70.87

10) Irvine, CA: total score of 70.3

Decatur, IL is came in last place on the overall list (#515) with a total score of 16.47 out of 100.

The top and bottom 5 “large cities” on the list

Here are the top five:

1) Austin, TX: total score of 65.83

2) Miami, FL: total score of 65.75

3) Seattle, WA: total score of 63.47

4) Charlotte, NC: total score of 61.81

5) Denver, CO: total score of 61.65

Here are the bottom five:

62) Tulsa, OK: total score of 32.89

63) Baltimore, MD: total score of 32.20

64) Albuquerque, NM: total score of 32.00

65) Memphis, TN: total score 29.28

66) Cleveland, OH: total score of 28.27

The top and bottom 5 “midsize cities” on the list

Here are the top five:

1) Midland, TX: total score of 73.55

2) Pearland, TX: total score of 72.68

3) McKinney, TX: total score of 71.40

4) College Station, TX: total score of 71.17

5) Lehigh Acres, FL: total score of 71.00

Here are the bottom five:

245) Columbia, MD: total score of 24.02

246) Springfield, IL: total score of 23.29

247) Waterbury, CT: total score of 23.03

248) Montgomery, AL: total score of 22.35

249) Shreveport, LA: total score of 17.27

The top and bottom 5 “small cities” on the list

Here are the top five:

1) Fort Myers, FL: total score of 76.57

2) Bend, OR: total score of 72.45

3) Mount Pleasant, SC: total score of 70.87

4) Milpitas, CA: total score of 70.29

5) Pleasanton, CA: total score of 69.39

Here are the bottom five:

196) Cheektowaga, NY: total score of 21.99

197) Youngstown, OH: total score of 20.92

198) Lawton, OK: total score of 20.89

199) Erie, PA: total score of 20.18

200) Decatur, IL: total score of 16.47

Here’s how the cities compare to each other

Check out WalletHub’s infographic:

What quickly-growing cities are up against

Jerome Segura III, Chief Economist at The Central Wisconsin Economy and Regional Economist at Numbers and Nature, LLC. with a Ph.D., told WalletHub about the largest obstacles quickly-growing cities deal with:

“The biggest challenges faced by cities with rapidly growing populations are the resulting congestive effects. For example, population growth drives up the demand for housing and, when coupled with a limited stock of housing, bids up housing prices,” he told the site.

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.