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 Boise City and Meridian, while others want peace and quiet like in Preston and Weiser, 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 Idaho 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 Gem State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Idaho for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Meridian (Photos)
- Kuna (Photos)
- Ammon (Photos)
- Post Falls
- Caldwell (Photos)
- Nampa (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Star, 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 Idaho are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Gem 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 32 Idaho 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 Gem 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: 7,255 Population 2010: 5,173
Growth Rate: 40.25%
Absolute Growth: 2,082
Population: 88,247 Population 2010: 68,953
Growth Rate: 27.98%
Absolute Growth: 19,294
Population: 17,015 Population 2010: 13,764
Growth Rate: 23.62%
Absolute Growth: 3,251
Population: 6,416 Population 2010: 5,203
Growth Rate: 23.31%
Absolute Growth: 1,213
Population: 22,711 Population 2010: 18,752
Growth Rate: 21.11%
Absolute Growth: 3,959
Population: 14,767 Population 2010: 12,443
Growth Rate: 18.68%
Absolute Growth: 2,324
7. Post Falls
Population: 30,157 Population 2010: 26,179
Growth Rate: 15.2%
Absolute Growth: 3,978
Population: 50,288 Population 2010: 43,749
Growth Rate: 14.95%
Absolute Growth: 6,539
Population: 7,357 Population 2010: 6,545
Growth Rate: 12.41%
Absolute Growth: 812
Population: 87,896 Population 2010: 78,322
Growth Rate: 12.22%
Absolute Growth: 9,574
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Idaho are led by Star 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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