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 Anchorage and Fairbanks, while others want peace and quiet like in Homer and Kodiak, 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 Alaska 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 Last Frontier that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Alaska for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Wasilla (Photos)
- Palmer (Photos)
- Homer (Photos)
- Kenai (Photos)
- Bethel (Photos)
- Anchorage (Photos)
- Juneau (Photos)
- Fairbanks (Photos)
- Kodiak (Photos)
- Ketchikan (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Wasilla, 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 Alaska are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Last Frontier
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 11 Alaska 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 Last Frontier.
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]
Population: 8,972 Population 2010: 7,488
Growth Rate: 19.82%
Absolute Growth: 1,484
Population: 6,572 Population 2010: 5,762
Growth Rate: 14.06%
Absolute Growth: 810
Population: 5,418 Population 2010: 4,969
Growth Rate: 9.04%
Absolute Growth: 449
Population: 7,551 Population 2010: 7,004
Growth Rate: 7.81%
Absolute Growth: 547
Population: 6,365 Population 2010: 5,971
Growth Rate: 6.6%
Absolute Growth: 394
Population: 299,321 Population 2010: 284,267
Growth Rate: 5.3%
Absolute Growth: 15,054
Population: 32,524 Population 2010: 30,975
Growth Rate: 5.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,549
Population: 32,578 Population 2010: 31,178
Growth Rate: 4.49%
Absolute Growth: 1,400
Population: 6,272 Population 2010: 6,023
Growth Rate: 4.13%
Absolute Growth: 249
Population: 8,189 Population 2010: 7,994
Growth Rate: 2.44%
Absolute Growth: 195
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Alaska are led by Wasilla 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 Alaska