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 Wilmington and Dover, while others want peace and quiet like in New Castle and Elsmere, 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 Delaware 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 First State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Delaware for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Smyrna (Photos)
- Milford (Photos)
- Seaford (Photos)
- Newark (Photos)
- Dover (Photos)
- New Castle (Photos)
- Wilmington (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Middl, 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 Delaware are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In First State
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 10 Delaware 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 First State.
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: 20,045 Population 2010: 16,648
Growth Rate: 20.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,397
Population: 11,081 Population 2010: 9,330
Growth Rate: 18.77%
Absolute Growth: 1,751
Population: 10,532 Population 2010: 9,180
Growth Rate: 14.73%
Absolute Growth: 1,352
Population: 6,917 Population 2010: 6,154
Growth Rate: 12.4%
Absolute Growth: 763
Population: 7,417 Population 2010: 6,945
Growth Rate: 6.8%
Absolute Growth: 472
Population: 32,941 Population 2010: 31,110
Growth Rate: 5.89%
Absolute Growth: 1,831
Population: 37,351 Population 2010: 35,474
Growth Rate: 5.29%
Absolute Growth: 1,877
8. New Castle
Population: 5,372 Population 2010: 5,250
Growth Rate: 2.32%
Absolute Growth: 122
Population: 6,137 Population 2010: 6,103
Growth Rate: 0.56%
Absolute Growth: 34
Population: 71,502 Population 2010: 71,437
Growth Rate: 0.09%
Absolute Growth: 65
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Delaware are led by Middl 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 Delaware