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 Nampa, 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:
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 Idaho are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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 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 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 6,379 Population 2010: 5,173
Growth Rate: 23.31%
Absolute Growth: 1,206
Population: 16,188 Population 2010: 13,764
Growth Rate: 17.61%
Absolute Growth: 2,424
Population: 81,025 Population 2010: 68,953
Growth Rate: 17.51%
Absolute Growth: 12,072
Population: 14,257 Population 2010: 12,443
Growth Rate: 14.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,814
Population 2014: 5,898 Population 2010: 5,203
Growth Rate: 13.36%
Absolute Growth: 695
Population: 21,102 Population 2010: 18,752
Growth Rate: 12.53%
Absolute Growth: 2,350
Population: 48,114 Population 2010: 43,749
Growth Rate: 9.98%
Absolute Growth: 4,365
8. Post Falls
Population: 28,786 Population 2010: 26,179
Growth Rate: 9.96%
Absolute Growth: 2,607
Population: 14,117 Population 2010: 13,036
Growth Rate: 8.29%
Absolute Growth: 1,081
Population: 84,660 Population 2010: 78,322
Growth Rate: 8.09%
Absolute Growth: 6,338
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Idaho are led by Star 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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