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 Atlanta and Columbus, while others want peace and quiet like in Camilla and Glennville, 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 Georgia 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 Peach State that have people climbing over each other to get in:
- Port Wentworth
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 Georgia are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Peach State
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 125 Georgia 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 Peach 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 15,799 Population 2010: 9,209
Growth Rate: 71.56%
Absolute Growth: 6,590
Population: 15,835 Population 2010: 9,751
Growth Rate: 62.39%
Absolute Growth: 6,084
Population 2014: 5,166 Population 2010: 3,716
Growth Rate: 39.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,450
Population: 8,212 Population 2010: 6,107
Growth Rate: 34.47%
Absolute Growth: 2,105
Population: 10,513 Population 2010: 8,321
Growth Rate: 26.34%
Absolute Growth: 2,192
6. Port Wentworth
Population: 6,189 Population 2010: 4,920
Growth Rate: 25.79%
Absolute Growth: 1,269
Population: 20,646 Population 2010: 16,683
Growth Rate: 23.75%
Absolute Growth: 3,963
Population: 5,588 Population 2010: 4,572
Growth Rate: 22.22%
Absolute Growth: 1,016
Population: 34,874 Population 2010: 29,131
Growth Rate: 19.71%
Absolute Growth: 5,743
Population: 12,179 Population 2010: 10,289
Growth Rate: 18.37%
Absolute Growth: 1,890
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Georgia are led by Norcross 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!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Georgia
|Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (Balance)||68|
|Augusta-Richmond County Consolidated Government (Balance)||90|
|Cusseta-Chattahoochee County Unified Government||93|