These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Alabama For 2018


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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 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:

  1. Pike Road (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Chelsea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Gulf Shores (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Calera (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Foley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Tallassee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Fairhope (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Auburn (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Spanish Fort (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Wetumpka (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Alabama or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Alabama with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in alabama

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1. Pike Road

Pike Road, Alabama

Population: 7,790
Population 2010: 5,072
Growth Rate: 53.59%
Absolute Growth: 2,718
More on Pike Road: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Chelsea

Chelsea, Alabama

Population: 11,706
Population 2010: 9,202
Growth Rate: 27.21%
Absolute Growth: 2,504
More on Chelsea: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores, Alabama

Population: 11,252
Population 2010: 9,035
Growth Rate: 24.54%
Absolute Growth: 2,217
More on Gulf Shores: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Calera

Calera, Alabama

Population: 12,839
Population 2010: 10,374
Growth Rate: 23.76%
Absolute Growth: 2,465
More on Calera: Homes For Sale | Data
Calera is a city in Shelby and Chilton counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. It is the location of the Shelby County Airport. Calera’s population was 3,158 at the 2000 census.

5. Foley

Foley, Alabama

Population: 16,741
Population 2010: 13,570
Growth Rate: 23.37%
Absolute Growth: 3,171
More on Foley: Homes For Sale | Data
Foley is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States. The 2010 census lists the population of the city as 14,618. Foley is a principal city of the Daphne–Fairhope–Foley Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Baldwin County.

6. Tallassee

Tallassee, Alabama

Population: 5,657
Population 2010: 4,683
Growth Rate: 20.8%
Absolute Growth: 974
More on Tallassee: Homes For Sale | Data
Tallassee (pronounced

tælsi

) is a city on the Tallapoosa River, located in both Elmore and Tallapoosa counties in the U.S. state of Alabama. At the 2010 census the population was 4,819. It is home to a major hydroelectric power plant at Thurlow Dam operated by Alabama Power Company.

7. Fairhope

Fairhope, Alabama

Population: 17,996
Population 2010: 14,927
Growth Rate: 20.56%
Absolute Growth: 3,069
More on Fairhope: Homes For Sale | Data
Fairhope is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States, on a sloping plateau, along the cliffs and shoreline of Mobile Bay. The 2010 census lists the population of the city as 15,326. Fairhope is a principal city of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley micropolitan area, which includes all of Baldwin County. In 2016, Fairhope was named the best small town in the South by Southern Living magazine.

8. Auburn

Auburn, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 60,318
Population 2010: 51,057
Growth Rate: 18.14%
Absolute Growth: 9,261
More on Auburn: Homes For Sale | Data
Auburn is a city in Lee County, Alabama, United States. It is the largest city in eastern Alabama with a 2016 population of 63,118. It is a principal city of the Auburn-Opelika Metropolitan Area. The Auburn-Opelika, AL MSA with a population of 158,991, along with the Columbus, GA-AL MSA and Tuskegee, Alabama, comprises the greater Columbus-Auburn-Opelika, GA-AL CSA, a region home to 501,649 residents.

9. Spanish Fort

Spanish Fort, Alabama

Population: 7,825
Population 2010: 6,624
Growth Rate: 18.13%
Absolute Growth: 1,201
More on Spanish Fort: Homes For Sale | Data
Spanish Fort is a city in Baldwin County, Alabama, United States, located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. The 2010 census lists the population of the city as 6,798. It is a suburb of Mobile and is part of the Daphne-Fairhope-Foley micropolitan area.

10. Wetumpka

Wetumpka, Alabama

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,654
Population 2010: 6,480
Growth Rate: 18.12%
Absolute Growth: 1,174
More on Wetumpka: Homes For Sale | Data
Wetumpka is a city in and the county seat of Elmore County, Alabama, United States. At the 2010 census the population was 6,528. In the early 21st century, Elmore County, long a rural area, became one of the fastest-growing counties in the state. The city is considered part of the Montgomery Metropolitan Area.

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!

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Alabama

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Pike Road 7,790 5,072 2,718 53.6%
2 Chelsea 11,706 9,202 2,504 27.2%
3 Gulf Shores 11,252 9,035 2,217 24.5%
4 Calera 12,839 10,374 2,465 23.8%
5 Foley 16,741 13,570 3,171 23.4%
6 Tallassee 5,657 4,683 974 20.8%
7 Fairhope 17,996 14,927 3,069 20.6%
8 Auburn 60,318 51,057 9,261 18.1%
9 Spanish Fort 7,825 6,624 1,201 18.1%
10 Wetumpka 7,654 6,480 1,174 18.1%
11 Daphne 24,295 20,817 3,478 16.7%
12 Phenix City 36,990 31,704 5,286 16.7%
13 Athens 24,461 21,059 3,402 16.2%
14 Madison 46,396 40,293 6,103 15.1%
15 Robertsdale 5,776 5,052 724 14.3%
16 Helena 17,630 15,463 2,167 14.0%
17 Opelika 29,030 25,867 3,163 12.2%
18 Trussville 20,872 18,609 2,263 12.2%
19 Bay Minette 9,019 8,052 967 12.0%
20 Moody 12,464 11,138 1,326 11.9%
21 Orange Beach 5,791 5,185 606 11.7%
22 Pelham 22,596 20,346 2,250 11.1%
23 Enterprise 28,025 25,285 2,740 10.8%
24 Pell City 13,489 12,234 1,255 10.3%
25 Troy 18,944 17,207 1,737 10.1%
26 Tuscaloosa 96,352 87,663 8,689 9.9%
27 Fultondale 8,854 8,093 761 9.4%
28 Prattville 35,107 32,122 2,985 9.3%
29 Alabaster 32,269 29,550 2,719 9.2%
30 Northport 24,544 22,540 2,004 8.9%
31 Jacksonville 12,827 11,791 1,036 8.8%
32 Montevallo 6,633 6,101 532 8.7%
33 Huntsville 188,973 175,416 13,557 7.7%
34 Millbrook 15,045 14,034 1,011 7.2%
35 Hoover 84,100 78,543 5,557 7.1%
36 Lincoln 6,429 6,065 364 6.0%
37 Dothan 68,066 64,299 3,767 5.9%
38 Boaz 9,639 9,148 491 5.4%
39 Albertville 21,434 20,445 989 4.8%
40 Smiths Station 5,235 5,001 234 4.7%
41 Muscle Shoals 13,585 12,986 599 4.6%
42 Saraland 13,778 13,172 606 4.6%
43 Hartselle 14,475 13,840 635 4.6%
44 Pinson 7,451 7,143 308 4.3%
45 Arab 8,247 7,928 319 4.0%
46 Guntersville 8,360 8,077 283 3.5%
47 Leeds 11,701 11,314 387 3.4%
48 Cullman 15,156 14,685 471 3.2%
49 Oneonta 6,645 6,453 192 3.0%
50 Florence 39,938 38,821 1,117 2.9%
51 Vestavia Hills 34,243 33,305 938 2.8%
52 Southside 8,563 8,340 223 2.7%
53 Gardendale 13,750 13,420 330 2.5%
54 Pleasant Grove 10,284 10,048 236 2.3%
55 Tuscumbia 8,506 8,315 191 2.3%
56 Homewood 25,652 25,078 574 2.3%
57 Russellville 9,804 9,598 206 2.1%
58 Rainbow City 9,590 9,396 194 2.1%
59 Clanton 8,730 8,554 176 2.1%
60 Fort Payne 14,101 13,862 239 1.7%
61 Irondale 12,388 12,180 208 1.7%
62 Satsuma 6,159 6,057 102 1.7%
63 Clay 9,659 9,527 132 1.4%
64 Oxford 21,202 20,967 235 1.1%
65 Brewton 5,435 5,391 44 0.8%
66 Mountain Brook 20,532 20,381 151 0.7%
67 Atmore 10,067 10,008 59 0.6%
68 Andalusia 9,042 8,998 44 0.5%
69 Decatur 55,419 55,253 166 0.3%
70 Glencoe 5,122 5,107 15 0.3%
71 Daleville 5,160 5,157 3 0.1%
72 Alexander City 14,859 14,879 -20 -0.1%
73 Scottsboro 14,748 14,795 -47 -0.3%
74 Greenville 7,896 7,924 -28 -0.4%
75 Center Point 16,711 16,810 -99 -0.6%
76 Sylacauga 12,696 12,789 -93 -0.7%
77 Sheffield 9,067 9,141 -74 -0.8%
78 Valley 9,439 9,527 -88 -0.9%
79 Mobile 193,717 195,619 -1,902 -1.0%
80 Opp 6,635 6,701 -66 -1.0%
81 Jasper 14,137 14,307 -170 -1.2%
82 Hamilton 6,784 6,868 -84 -1.2%
83 Talladega 15,793 15,993 -200 -1.3%
84 Ozark 14,721 14,909 -188 -1.3%
85 Hueytown 15,797 16,032 -235 -1.5%
86 Montgomery 201,717 204,788 -3,071 -1.5%
87 Birmingham 212,424 216,392 -3,968 -1.8%
88 Midfield 5,260 5,384 -124 -2.3%
89 Gadsden 36,235 37,162 -927 -2.5%
90 Roanoke 5,987 6,154 -167 -2.7%
91 Chickasaw 5,955 6,128 -173 -2.8%
92 Fairfield 10,937 11,284 -347 -3.1%
93 Attalla 5,934 6,143 -209 -3.4%
94 Bessemer 26,856 27,824 -968 -3.5%
95 Childersburg 5,062 5,249 -187 -3.6%
96 Anniston 22,441 23,297 -856 -3.7%
97 Tarrant 6,271 6,524 -253 -3.9%
98 Lanett 6,454 6,722 -268 -4.0%
99 Eufaula 12,688 13,228 -540 -4.1%
100 Selma 19,650 20,591 -941 -4.6%

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