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 Jackson and Childersburg, 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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Alabama for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Pike Road (Photos)
- Chelsea (Photos)
- Gulf Shores (Photos)
- Calera (Photos)
- Foley (Photos)
- Tallassee (Photos)
- Fairhope (Photos)
- Auburn (Photos)
- Spanish Fort (Photos)
- Wetumpka (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Pike Road, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re surprised–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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2016
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)
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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
1. Pike Road
Population: 7,790 Population 2010: 5,072
Growth Rate: 53.59%
Absolute Growth: 2,718
Population: 11,706 Population 2010: 9,202
Growth Rate: 27.21%
Absolute Growth: 2,504
3. Gulf Shores
Population: 11,252 Population 2010: 9,035
Growth Rate: 24.54%
Absolute Growth: 2,217
Population: 12,839 Population 2010: 10,374
Growth Rate: 23.76%
Absolute Growth: 2,465
Population: 16,741 Population 2010: 13,570
Growth Rate: 23.37%
Absolute Growth: 3,171
Population: 5,657 Population 2010: 4,683
Growth Rate: 20.8%
Absolute Growth: 974
Population: 17,996 Population 2010: 14,927
Growth Rate: 20.56%
Absolute Growth: 3,069
Population: 60,318 Population 2010: 51,057
Growth Rate: 18.14%
Absolute Growth: 9,261
9. Spanish Fort
Population: 7,825 Population 2010: 6,624
Growth Rate: 18.13%
Absolute Growth: 1,201
Population: 7,654 Population 2010: 6,480
Growth Rate: 18.12%
Absolute Growth: 1,174
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Alabama are led by Pike Road which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Alabama