Fort Worth, with 42 percent growth between 2000 and 2013, ranks first as the nation’s fastest-growing among cities with more than 500,000 in population. The U.S. Census Bureau put Cowtown’s 2013 population at 792,727. Charlotte, N.C., in second place, grew 40 percent since the 2000 census.
Of the top five fastest-growing big cities, Charlotte is the only one that’s not in Texas. Austin is third (27 percent growth), San Antonio is fourth (18 percent) and El Paso is fifth (17 percent). Dallas saw less than 3 percent growth, ranking 24th.