Even though it’s falling behind the rest of the world, the United States’ population keeps increasing. However, some cities are growing faster than others. These 15 U.S. cities added the most new residents in 2017, according to the Census Bureau. We’ll call them the cities adding the most people.
The top city on the list (page 15) added 66 people each day, but two sister cities (pages 12 and 13) saw 51 people moving in each day.
15. Henderson, Nev.
Casino jobs in Las Vegas could be attracting some people to nearby Henderson.| Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
People added per day: 28.8 Population increase: 10,534 2017 population: 302,539
Nevada’s many casinos and legal marijuana can’t account for all the people moving to Henderson. The Las Vegas suburb added close to 29 people every day from July 1, 2016, to July 1, 2017.
Next: A hot job market brings in more residents.
14. Irvine, Calif.
Irvine is one of the best cities in America to find a job. | David McNew/Getty Images
People added per day: 30.3 Population increase: 11,068 2017 population: 277,453
The word is out: Irvine is one of the best cities to find a job, and people are moving in like crazy. About 30 people moved to town each day, which added more than 11,000 people to the city’s population.
Next: A state you’d expect, a city you probably wouldn’t.
13. Jacksonville, Fla.
New residents pushed Jacksonville’s population close to 900,000. | TraceRouda/Getty Images
People added per day: 30.6 Population increase: 11,169 2017 population: 892,062
Even though there are lots of reasons to hate Florida, Jacksonville still shows up as one of the cities adding the most people. More than 11,000 people moved there from 2016 to 2017, pushing the population close to 900,000.
Next: One big drawback isn’t keeping people away.
12. Austin, Texas
People keep moving to Austin, which is pushing up housing prices. | RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/Getty Images
People added per day: 34.2 Population increase: 12,515 2017 population: 950,715
Austin has one major drawback for people moving in: It’s a lot more expensive to buy a house there now than it used to be. Despite that negative, it added more than 12,500 people from 2016 to 2017, pushing the population to more than 950,000.
Next: If you can afford it, a house is a great investment in this city.
11. San Diego
San Diego’s great weather attracted 35 new residents every day in 2017. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images
People added per day: 35.1 Population increase: 12,834 2017 population: 1.41 million
Despite California being one of the most expensive states to buy a house, San Diego is one of the cities adding the most people. If you can afford to move to San Diego, it’s worth it. Houses there make more than minimum wage, so you get a great return on your investment.
Next: There is a lot to love about this city, which is why it’s growing so quickly.
Mild weather, jobs, and low taxes attract people to Georgia’s largest city. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images
People added per day: 36.5 Population increase: 13,323 2017 population: 486,290
The mild weather, diverse neighborhoods, crazy job growth, and low taxes contribute to Atlanta being one of the cities adding the most people. More than 36 people moved in every day from 2016 to 2017, pushing the population closer to 500,000.
Next: A small city that’s growing quickly.
9. Frisco, Texas
Frisco is the smallest city on this list, but it added an impressive 13,470 people in 2017. | Jaynir/iStock/Getty Images
People added per day: 36.9 Population increase: 13,470 2017 population: 177,286
The smallest city on our list makes up for its stature in a big way. In 2010, the population was just over 117,000, but Frisco is perennially one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Nearly 37 people moved in each day for the year ending on July 1, 2017, pushing the population over 177,000 and making it one of the cities adding the most people.
Next: A surprising fact puts this Midwest city on our list.
8. Columbus, Ohio
Columbus is the only Midwestern city on the list. | TraceRouda/iStock/Getty Images
People added per day: 42.2 Population increase: 15,429 2017 population: 879,170
You might be surprised to find out that Columbus is actually one of the most popular U.S. destinations for travelers. Apparently, some of them are sticking around and making it one of the cities adding the most people. The 42 people moving in each day are moving to one of the major cities with affordable housing.
Next: A bad reputation isn’t a detriment.
7. Charlotte, N.C.
More than 42 people moved to Charlotte every day in 2017. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images
People added per day: 42.5 Population increase: 15,551 2017 population: 859,035
Charlotte has a bad reputation for its gun violence, but that’s not keeping people away. With more than 42 people arriving each day, it’s one of the big American cities adding the most people.
Next: We can think of several reasons this city makes our list.
Jobs at Amazon are just one reason why people are moving to Seattle. | welcomia/iStock/Getty Images
People added per day: 49.1 Population increase: 17,940 2017 population: 724,745
We can think of several reasons why Seattle is one of the cities adding the most people in the United States.
Seattle has Amazon’s headquarters and 45,000 employees. The company is always looking for (qualified workers, so it’s helping the city add to its population. The city is the epicenter of Washington’s fantastic craft beer scene, which appeals to thirsty fans of adult beverages. Washington state has some the loosest marijuana laws in the U.S., which is a draw for some people looking to enjoy themselves legally.
Next: People are coming more than they are going.
5. Los Angeles
All those new residents aren’t going to make driving in Los Angeles any easier. | Getty Images
People added per day: 51 Population increase: 18,643 2017 population: 3.99 million
Los Angeles is expensive and overpopulated, which is why people are leaving. Yet the city is drawing more immigrants than most other big cities. People are coming more than they’re going, which is why L.A. is one of the cities adding the most people.
Next: Another city in what’s shaping up to be a popular state.
4. Fort Worth, Texas
Another Texas city makes the list. | Michael Barera/Wikimedia Commons
People added per day: 51.1 Population increase: 18,664 2017 population: 874,168
It looks like Texas is one of the most popular places in the United States. We’ve already visited two Texas cities, and here’s another one. The big tax refunds in the state are just one reason Fort Worth welcomed 51 people every day from 2016 to 2017
Next: Population growth is another way this city resembles its neighbor.
Dallas added 18,935 people in 2017. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
People added per day: 51.8 Population increase: 18,935 2017 population: 1.34 million
There’s a reason Dallas and Forth Worth are mentioned in the same breath so often. They’re similar in almost every way, all the way down to how many people the Census Bureau says they added from 2016 to 2017. Dallas saw its population grow by roughly 52 people per day, which is only slightly ahead of Fort Worth’s 51 each day.
Next: The influx continues
Retirees aren’t the only people who love Phoenix. | Dreamframer/iStock/Getty Images
People added per day: 65.8 Population increase: 24,036 2017 population: 1.62 million
We know Phoenix is a great city for retirees, but that’s not the only reason it’s No. 2 on the list of cities adding the most people. Low taxes, affordable housing, low cost of living, and very little crime make it popular for everyone, including the over-65 crowd.
Next: More proof of this state’s popularity.
1. San Antonio
San Antonio added roughly 66 people per day in 2017. | Sean Pavone/iStock/Getty Images
People added per day: 66.3 Population increase: 24,208 2017 population: 1.51 million
Remember how we mentioned a few minutes ago that Texas is one of the most popular states in the U.S.? Well, this is just more proof. San Antonio added well over 24,000 people from 2016 to 2017 to top the list of cities adding the most people. The five Texas cities on our list — Austin, Frisco, Fort Worth, Dallas, and San Antonio — added 88,062 to their collective populations, according to the Census Bureau.