How to get more settlers in my settlements in Fallout 4?

My main settlement Sancutuary Hills only has 8 settlers, and seems to be growing slowly, even though I have built lots of beds and have a high defend score of 33. Food is 18, Water 15, and there are 24 beds. Power Level is 13 and there is a recruitment signal going on for a while.

Yet it does not seem to grow that much. When entering the Data tab on my Workshops, I see an exclamation mark on Sanctuary Hills, yet it is not clear to me what needs fixing.

Fallout 4 screenshot of the Workshops tab showing the exclamation point.

For the other settlements, there is also an exclamation mark at the low ressource, most often low defense.

How to grow my settlement fast?

Answer

To answer your actual question, settlements DO grow slowly. If you are hanging around sanctuary, waiting for people to show up, you will be waiting for awhile.
To do missions and side quests. When you return to rest, drop your scrap, etc. It will have grown.

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