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:
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.
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]
1. Pike Road
Population: 6,605 Population 2010: 5,072
Growth Rate: 30.22%
Absolute Growth: 1,533
Population: 11,051 Population 2010: 9,202
Growth Rate: 20.09%
Absolute Growth: 1,849
Population: 12,376 Population 2010: 10,374
Growth Rate: 19.3%
Absolute Growth: 2,002
4. Gulf Shores
Population: 10,523 Population 2010: 9,035
Growth Rate: 16.47%
Absolute Growth: 1,488
Population: 15,428 Population 2010: 13,570
Growth Rate: 13.69%
Absolute Growth: 1,858
6. Phenix City
Population: 35,753 Population 2010: 31,704
Growth Rate: 12.77%
Absolute Growth: 4,049
Population: 16,661 Population 2010: 14,927
Growth Rate: 11.62%
Absolute Growth: 1,734
Population: 56,986 Population 2010: 51,057
Growth Rate: 11.61%
Absolute Growth: 5,929
Population: 44,866 Population 2010: 40,293
Growth Rate: 11.35%
Absolute Growth: 4,573
10. Spanish Fort
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!
For more Alabama reading , check out:
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Alabama