These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Alabama


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Birmingham and Montgomery, while others want peace and quiet like in Tallassee and Smiths Station, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Alabama have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Heart of Dixie that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. Pike Road
  2. Chelsea
  3. Calera
  4. Gulf Shores
  5. Foley
  6. Phenix City
  7. Fairhope
  8. Auburn
  9. Madison
  10. Spanish Fort

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Alabama are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Heart of Dixie

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 105 Alabama cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Heart of Dixie.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Pike Road

Pike Road, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,605
Population 2010: 5,072
Growth Rate: 30.22%
Absolute Growth: 1,533

2. Chelsea

Chelsea, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,051
Population 2010: 9,202
Growth Rate: 20.09%
Absolute Growth: 1,849

3. Calera

Calera, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,376
Population 2010: 10,374
Growth Rate: 19.3%
Absolute Growth: 2,002

4. Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,523
Population 2010: 9,035
Growth Rate: 16.47%
Absolute Growth: 1,488

5. Foley

Foley, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,428
Population 2010: 13,570
Growth Rate: 13.69%
Absolute Growth: 1,858

6. Phenix City

Phenix City, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,753
Population 2010: 31,704
Growth Rate: 12.77%
Absolute Growth: 4,049

7. Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,661
Population 2010: 14,927
Growth Rate: 11.62%
Absolute Growth: 1,734

8. Auburn

Auburn, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,986
Population 2010: 51,057
Growth Rate: 11.61%
Absolute Growth: 5,929

9. Madison

Madison, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,866
Population 2010: 40,293
Growth Rate: 11.35%
Absolute Growth: 4,573

10. Spanish Fort

Spanish Fort, Alabama

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,357
Population 2010: 6,624
Growth Rate: 11.07%
Absolute Growth: 733

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Alabama are led by Pike Road which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Alabama

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Pike Road 1 6,605 5,072 1,533 30.2%
Chelsea 2 11,051 9,202 1,849 20.1%
Calera 3 12,376 10,374 2,002 19.3%
Gulf Shores 4 10,523 9,035 1,488 16.5%
Foley 5 15,428 13,570 1,858 13.7%
Phenix City 6 35,753 31,704 4,049 12.8%
Fairhope 7 16,661 14,927 1,734 11.6%
Auburn 8 56,986 51,057 5,929 11.6%
Madison 9 44,866 40,293 4,573 11.3%
Spanish Fort 10 7,357 6,624 733 11.1%
Athens 11 23,335 21,059 2,276 10.8%
Daphne 12 22,983 20,817 2,166 10.4%
Wetumpka 13 7,136 6,480 656 10.1%
Robertsdale 14 5,556 5,052 504 10.0%
Moody 15 12,124 11,138 986 8.9%
Trussville 16 20,229 18,609 1,620 8.7%
Pelham 17 22,106 20,346 1,760 8.7%
Orange Beach 18 5,629 5,185 444 8.6%
Helena 19 16,752 15,463 1,289 8.3%
Troy 20 18,636 17,207 1,429 8.3%
Enterprise 21 27,375 25,285 2,090 8.3%
Opelika 22 27,956 25,867 2,089 8.1%
Bay Minette 23 8,682 8,052 630 7.8%
Pell City 24 13,128 12,234 894 7.3%
Tallassee 25 5,011 4,683 328 7.0%
Prattville 26 34,349 32,122 2,227 6.9%
Boaz 27 9,781 9,148 633 6.9%
Northport 28 24,092 22,540 1,552 6.9%
Leeds 29 12,063 11,314 749 6.6%
Tuscaloosa 30 93,325 87,663 5,662 6.5%
Fultondale 31 8,593 8,093 500 6.2%
Montevallo 32 6,470 6,101 369 6.0%
Millbrook 33 14,858 14,034 824 5.9%
Hoover 34 82,849 78,543 4,306 5.5%
Jacksonville 35 12,416 11,791 625 5.3%
Dothan 36 67,574 64,299 3,275 5.1%
Huntsville 37 184,132 175,416 8,716 5.0%
Alabaster 38 30,978 29,550 1,428 4.8%
Albertville 39 21,363 20,445 918 4.5%
Lincoln 40 6,321 6,065 256 4.2%
Hartselle 41 14,393 13,840 553 4.0%
Arab 42 8,241 7,928 313 3.9%
Saraland 43 13,657 13,172 485 3.7%
Muscle Shoals 44 13,380 12,986 394 3.0%
Tuscumbia 45 8,565 8,315 250 3.0%
Guntersville 46 8,316 8,077 239 3.0%
Gardendale 47 13,809 13,420 389 2.9%
Oneonta 48 6,623 6,453 170 2.6%
Russellville 49 9,836 9,598 238 2.5%
Rainbow City 50 9,623 9,396 227 2.4%
Florence 51 39,738 38,821 917 2.4%
Vestavia Hills 52 34,061 33,305 756 2.3%
Smiths Station 53 5,095 5,001 94 1.9%
Fort Payne 54 14,115 13,862 253 1.8%
Pleasant Grove 55 10,230 10,048 182 1.8%
Clay 56 9,699 9,527 172 1.8%
Irondale 57 12,399 12,180 219 1.8%
Cullman 58 14,933 14,685 248 1.7%
Daleville 59 5,233 5,157 76 1.5%
Satsuma 60 6,145 6,057 88 1.5%
Clanton 61 8,672 8,554 118 1.4%
Homewood 62 25,420 25,078 342 1.4%
Oxford 63 21,250 20,967 283 1.3%
Southside 64 8,432 8,340 92 1.1%
Atmore 65 10,096 10,008 88 0.9%
Decatur 66 55,641 55,253 388 0.7%
Brewton 67 5,426 5,391 35 0.6%
Greenville 68 7,974 7,924 50 0.6%
Glencoe 69 5,137 5,107 30 0.6%
Andalusia 70 9,048 8,998 50 0.6%
Mountain Brook 71 20,484 20,381 103 0.5%
Center Point 72 16,876 16,810 66 0.4%
Talladega 73 16,034 15,993 41 0.3%
Sylacauga 74 12,786 12,789 -3 -0.0%
Pinson 75 7,141 7,143 -2 -0.0%
Scottsboro 76 14,779 14,795 -16 -0.1%
Montgomery 77 204,095 204,788 -693 -0.3%
Mobile 78 194,942 195,619 -677 -0.3%
Hamilton 79 6,842 6,868 -26 -0.4%
Opp 80 6,675 6,701 -26 -0.4%
Jasper 81 14,247 14,307 -60 -0.4%
Alexander City 82 14,815 14,879 -64 -0.4%
Hueytown 83 15,956 16,032 -76 -0.5%
Ozark 84 14,835 14,909 -74 -0.5%
Valley 85 9,456 9,527 -71 -0.7%
Sheffield 86 9,067 9,141 -74 -0.8%
Midfield 87 5,319 5,384 -65 -1.2%
Gadsden 88 36,621 37,162 -541 -1.5%
Selma 89 20,276 20,591 -315 -1.5%
Chickasaw 90 6,026 6,128 -102 -1.7%
Birmingham 91 211,705 216,392 -4,687 -2.2%
Fairfield 92 11,039 11,284 -245 -2.2%
Bessemer 93 27,202 27,824 -622 -2.2%
Roanoke 94 6,013 6,154 -141 -2.3%
Anniston 95 22,749 23,297 -548 -2.4%
Attalla 96 5,995 6,143 -148 -2.4%
Eufaula 97 12,897 13,228 -331 -2.5%
Childersburg 98 5,117 5,249 -132 -2.5%
Tarrant 99 6,331 6,524 -193 -3.0%
Jackson 100 5,116 5,279 -163 -3.1%
Demopolis 101 7,323 7,570 -247 -3.3%
Monroeville 102 6,343 6,589 -246 -3.7%
Lanett 103 6,455 6,722 -267 -4.0%
Prichard 104 22,475 23,599 -1,124 -4.8%
Tuskegee 105 9,435 10,189 -754 -7.4%

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