The slogan of Aledo, TX, is “Rich Heritage, Dynamic Future.” The way Aledo is growing, though, “dynamic” might be an understatement.
A LawnStarter review of population projections from the Texas Water Development Board shows Aledo will be the fastest-growing suburb in the Fort Worth area from 2014 to 2030. In all, our analysis indicates 10 Fort Worth suburbs — all with fewer than 7,000 residents now — will witness population growth of at least 50 percent from 2014 to 2030.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates 3,110 people lived in Aledo in 2014. According to the water board’s forecast, Aledo will have 8,320 residents in 2030. That would represent a stunning growth rate of 168 percent.
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City boosters attribute Aledo’s explosive growth to its small-town charm, location next to a vibrant metro hub, highly rated schools and quaint scenery.
Helping spur residential growth in Aledo are major real estate projects such as Brookhollow, Morningstar, Parks of Aledo and Walsh Ranch.
Kyle Walker is director of the Center for Urban Studies at Texas Christian University.
Many of the people considering a move to Aledo like its proximity to major employers on the west side of Fort Worth, including defense contractor Lockheed Martin and the Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, according to Kyle Walker, director of the Center for Urban Studies at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Suburbs like Aledo, which is located in Parker County, are attracting people who desire a “semi-rural lifestyle” but still want access to big-city jobs and amenities, Walker says.
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“Massive development, however, can disrupt that desired lifestyle, plus put pressure on existing semi-rural infrastructure, which can lead to issues such as traffic congestion and, in turn, longer commutes,” Walker says. “However, many people are willing to tolerate these inconveniences in exchange for lower housing costs, a preferred lifestyle and desired schools in comparison with those neighborhoods where they might consider living that are closer to the urban center.”
Below is our list of the 10 Fort Worth suburbs forecast to grow the most from 2014 to 2030, ranked according to their projected growth rates.
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10. Westlake, TX
2014 population: 1,194
2030 population projection: 1,800
2014-2030 growth rate: 50.75%
9. New Fairview, TX
2014 population: 1,309
2030 population projection: 1,983
2014-2030 growth rate: 51.49%
8. Cresson, TX
2014 population: 772
2030 population projection: 1,225
2014-2030 growth rate: 58.68%
7. Decatur, TX
2014 population: 6,339
2030 population projection: 11,738
2014-2030 growth rate: 85.17%
6. Hudson Oaks, TX
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2014 population: 1,974
2030 population projection: 3,684
2014-2030 growth rate: 86.63%
5. Springtown, TX
2014 population: 2,756
2030 population projection: 5,500
2014-2030 growth rate: 99.56%
4. Rhome, TX
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2014 population: 1,590
2030 population projection: 3,368
2014-2030 growth rate: 111.82%
3. Newark, TX
2014 population: 1,043
2030 population projection: 2,339
2014-2030 growth rate: 124.26%
2. Reno, TX
2014 population: 2,643
2030 population projection: 6,031
2014-2030 growth rate: 128.19%
1. Aledo, TX
2014 population: 3,110
2030 population projection: 8,320
2014-2030 growth rate: 167.52%
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