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 Dacula and Camilla, 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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Georgia for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Chamblee (Photos)
- Norcross (Photos)
- Clarkston (Photos)
- Port Wentworth
- Braselton (Photos)
- Pooler (Photos)
- Richmond Hill
- Flowery Branch (Photos)
- Woodstock (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Chamblee, 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 Georgia are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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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 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 126 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 27,862 Population 2010: 9,751
Growth Rate: 185.73%
Absolute Growth: 18,111
Population: 16,293 Population 2010: 9,209
Growth Rate: 76.92%
Absolute Growth: 7,084
Population: 12,594 Population 2010: 7,555
Growth Rate: 66.7%
Absolute Growth: 5,039
4. Port Wentworth
Population: 7,052 Population 2010: 4,920
Growth Rate: 43.33%
Absolute Growth: 2,132
Population: 5,137 Population 2010: 3,716
Growth Rate: 38.24%
Absolute Growth: 1,421
Population: 8,409 Population 2010: 6,107
Growth Rate: 37.69%
Absolute Growth: 2,302
Population: 22,131 Population 2010: 16,683
Growth Rate: 32.66%
Absolute Growth: 5,448
8. Richmond Hill
Population: 11,501 Population 2010: 8,890
Growth Rate: 29.37%
Absolute Growth: 2,611
9. Flowery Branch
Population: 6,503 Population 2010: 5,096
Growth Rate: 27.61%
Absolute Growth: 1,407
Population: 27,964 Population 2010: 22,027
Growth Rate: 26.95%
Absolute Growth: 5,937
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Georgia are led by Chamblee 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 Georgia
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