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Five North Texas Cities Among Fastest Growing In U.S.

Celina, Texas experienced the highest growth

A new report from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that five of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the country are in North Texas.

Among cities with populations of at least 20,000 individuals, Celina experienced the highest growth with a 26.6% increase between July 2022 and July 2023. In total, the city increased by about 9,000 residents. 

Several other North Texas cities also secured notable positions on the list, with Princeton boasting a 22.3% increase, Anna with 16.9%, Prosper with 10.5% and Forney with 10.4%. Collectively, cities in Texas secured eight out of the 15 spots, with representations from places like Georgetown and Kyle outside of Austin, as well as Fulshear near Houston.

According to the Census Bureau report, four North Texas counties also ranked among the top 15 for overall housing unit growth. Collin County saw the addition of approximately 18,000 housing units, ranking fifth nationwide.

As Local Profile previously reported, several large housing developments are planned throughout Collin County. Construction for a large Celina development is expected to begin by September 2024. Uptown Celina is set to feature four distinct single-family neighborhoods spanning over 675 acres.

The massive Fields development is also set to bring around 14,000 homes to North Texas. The Frisco property stretches between Preston Road and U.S. Highway 380. 

This growth is not expected to stop. Local Profile previously reported that the population of Collin County is anticipated to double by the year 2060 with around 2.4 million people calling the county home. 

The county's population surged by more than 100,000 individuals between 2016 and 2021. In comparison, the adjacent Denton County experienced the second-highest population growth, with an uptick of nearly 79,000 people — a variance of over 20,000 individuals within the same timeframe.

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