In a WalletHub study of growth in U.S. cities, Fort Myers ranked at the top both overall and in the small-city category – but the state overall showed strong growth. In the ranking of large metro areas, Miami ranked second after Austin, Texas. In the ranking of midsize cities, Lehigh Acres ranked sixth.

To determine growth over a seven-year period, WalletHub used 15 metrics to compare 515 U.S. cities. The study included only the area within city limits, and they ranged from a score of 76.57 (Fort Myers) down to 17.27 (Shreveport, La.) The lowest Florida score was Lauderhill’s 36.27.

Florida’s large cities by rank out of a total of 66, ranking 65.83 to 28.27

2. Miami: 65.75

19. Tampa: 53.42

26. Jacksonville: 50.61

Florida’s medium cities by rank out of a total of 233, ranking 73.55 to 29.80

5. Lehigh Acres: 71.00

12. Cape Coral: 64.38

21. Orlando: 59.66

30. Davie: 57.63

40. Pompano Beach: 55.82

42. Port St. Lucie: 55.549

45. Coral Springs: 54.87

50. Brandon: 54.59

52. Miramar: 54.17

64. West Palm Beach: 52.44

67. Pembroke Pines: 52.18

71. St. Petersburg: 51.81

73. Palm Bay: 51.73

78. Lakeland: 50.76

80. Clearwater: 50.60

97. Hollywood: 48.64

100. Fort Lauderdale: 48.44

113. Hialeah: 47.55

121. Miami Gardens: 46.63

147. Spring Hill: 44.64

180. Tallahassee: 40.09

185. Gainesville: 39.22

Florida’s small cities by rank out of a total of 200, ranking 76.57 to 17.27

1. Fort Myers: 76.57

15. Boynton Beach: 60.51

16. Sunrise: 60.04

18. Town ‘n’ Country: 58.31

22. Boca Raton: 56.69

26. Palm Coast: 55.50

38. Largo: 52.67

42. Deltona: 51.47

48. Weston: 50.36

53. Plantation: 49.56

59. Deerfield Beach: 48.30

85. Melbourne: 44.72

98. Miami Beach: 43.52

134. Kendall: 38.47

152. Lauderhill: 36.27

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