These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Illinois For 2018


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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 Chicago and Aurora, while others want peace and quiet like in Auburn and Carmi, 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 Illinois 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 Prairie State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Illinois for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Sumner (Homes For Sale)
  2. Pingree Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Hillsboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Gilberts (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Savoy (Homes For Sale)
  6. Plano (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Minooka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Yorkville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Huntley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Oswego (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Sumner, 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 Illinois are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Illinois or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Prairie 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 334 Illinois 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 Prairie 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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Illinois with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in illinois

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1. Sumner


Population: 5,094
Population 2010: 1,984
Growth Rate: 156.75%
Absolute Growth: 3,110
More on Sumner: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Pingree Grove

Pingree Grove, Illinois

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,983
Population 2010: 3,780
Growth Rate: 58.28%
Absolute Growth: 2,203
More on Pingree Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Illinois

Population: 7,287
Population 2010: 5,382
Growth Rate: 35.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,905
More on Hillsboro: Homes For Sale | Data
Hillsboro is a city in Montgomery County, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,207 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Montgomery County.

4. Gilberts

Gilberts, Illinois

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,479
Population 2010: 5,866
Growth Rate: 27.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,613
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Gilberts is a village in Kane County, Illinois, United States. The population was 1,279 at the 2000 census. The population has grown to 6,879 according to the 2010 census. The population continues to grow at rapid rates.

5. Savoy


Population: 8,118
Population 2010: 6,388
Growth Rate: 27.08%
Absolute Growth: 1,730
More on Savoy: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Plano

Plano, Illinois

Population: 11,929
Population 2010: 9,472
Growth Rate: 25.94%
Absolute Growth: 2,457
More on Plano: Homes For Sale | Data
Plano is a city in Kendall County, Illinois, United States near Aurora, with a population of 10,856 at the 2010 census, nearly doubling its size from 2000. The city was home to the Plano Harvester Company in the late nineteenth century, as well as the Plano Molding Company more recently. In 2011, downtown Plano was used as a set for Man of Steel.

7. Minooka

Minooka, Illinois

Source: Public domain

Population: 11,786
Population 2010: 9,522
Growth Rate: 23.78%
Absolute Growth: 2,264
More on Minooka: Homes For Sale | Data
Minooka, a suburb of Chicago, is a village in Grundy, Kendall, and Will counties, Illinois, United States. The population was 10,924 at the 2010 census. Minooka currently has two high schools in its district, a campus for juniors and seniors and a newer campus for freshmen and sophomores. Minooka Community Consolidated School District 201 (elementary district) has a total of seven schools and serves nearly 4000 students. Minooka has continuously been growing and has many new subdivisions. The Rock Island Line served the town at Minooka Station.

8. Yorkville

Yorkville, Illinois

Population: 18,436
Population 2010: 15,065
Growth Rate: 22.38%
Absolute Growth: 3,371
More on Yorkville: Homes For Sale | Data
Yorkville (Official name: United City of Yorkville) is a city partially in Kendall and Kane counties, Illinois, United States. The population was 6,189 at the 2000 United States Census and had grown to 16,921 as of the 2010 census[update]. It is the county seat of Kendall County. Yorkville is in the center of Kendall County, the fastest-growing county in Illinois and according to recent statistics released in June 2010, by CNN,[update] is the fastest-growing county in the United States.

9. Huntley

Huntley, Illinois

Population: 25,831
Population 2010: 21,261
Growth Rate: 21.49%
Absolute Growth: 4,570
More on Huntley: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Oswego

Oswego, Illinois

Population: 33,245
Population 2010: 27,719
Growth Rate: 19.94%
Absolute Growth: 5,526
More on Oswego: Homes For Sale | Data
Oswego /swio/ is a village in Kendall County, Illinois, United States. The village population, according to the 2010 census, is 30,355. Its population has more than doubled since the 2000 census count of 13,326. With that growth, Oswego is the largest municipality located completely within Kendall County.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Illinois are led by Sumner 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 Illinois

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Sumner 1 5,094 1,984 3,110 156.8%
Pingree Grove 2 5,983 3,780 2,203 58.3%
Hillsboro 3 7,287 5,382 1,905 35.4%
Gilberts 4 7,479 5,866 1,613 27.5%
Savoy 5 8,118 6,388 1,730 27.1%
Plano 6 11,929 9,472 2,457 25.9%
Minooka 7 11,786 9,522 2,264 23.8%
Yorkville 8 18,436 15,065 3,371 22.4%
Huntley 9 25,831 21,261 4,570 21.5%
Oswego 10 33,245 27,719 5,526 19.9%
Montgomery 11 19,055 15,957 3,098 19.4%
Plainfield 12 41,881 35,708 6,173 17.3%
Mahomet 13 7,996 6,888 1,108 16.1%
Vandalia 14 6,758 5,833 925 15.9%
Round Lake 15 18,425 16,163 2,262 14.0%
Manhattan 16 7,405 6,511 894 13.7%
Sugar Grove 17 9,288 8,202 1,086 13.2%
Chatham 18 12,569 11,120 1,449 13.0%
Mount Zion 19 5,894 5,244 650 12.4%
Shorewood 20 16,539 14,718 1,821 12.4%
Hampshire 21 5,732 5,101 631 12.4%
North Aurora 22 17,612 15,680 1,932 12.3%
Eureka 23 5,827 5,222 605 11.6%
Maryville 24 7,837 7,029 808 11.5%
Washington 25 16,102 14,456 1,646 11.4%
Harvard 26 9,589 8,621 968 11.2%
Round Lake Park 27 7,989 7,232 757 10.5%
Mascoutah 28 7,917 7,191 726 10.1%
Inverness 29 7,844 7,129 715 10.0%
Posen 30 6,251 5,684 567 10.0%
Lakemoor 31 6,313 5,765 548 9.5%
Mokena 32 19,839 18,164 1,675 9.2%
Shiloh 33 13,050 12,015 1,035 8.6%
Lemont 34 16,587 15,320 1,267 8.3%
Frankfort 35 18,415 17,056 1,359 8.0%
Matteson 36 19,146 17,756 1,390 7.8%
Monticello 37 5,609 5,202 407 7.8%
Columbia 38 10,193 9,469 724 7.6%
O’Fallon 39 29,078 27,044 2,034 7.5%
Carterville 40 5,742 5,345 397 7.4%
Spring Grove 41 5,578 5,214 364 7.0%
Edwardsville 42 25,044 23,450 1,594 6.8%
Campton Hills 43 11,500 10,780 720 6.7%
Glenview 44 46,559 43,649 2,910 6.7%
Champaign 45 84,672 79,430 5,242 6.6%
Orland Park 46 58,612 55,098 3,514 6.4%
Vernon Hills 47 25,910 24,388 1,522 6.2%
Willow Springs 48 5,677 5,344 333 6.2%
Creve Coeur 49 5,653 5,328 325 6.1%
Antioch 50 14,342 13,519 823 6.1%
Swansea 51 13,722 12,941 781 6.0%
Romeoville 52 39,739 37,484 2,255 6.0%
New Lenox 53 25,347 23,946 1,401 5.9%
Lynwood 54 9,232 8,725 507 5.8%
Waterloo 55 10,197 9,640 557 5.8%
Normal 56 54,534 51,610 2,924 5.7%
Winfield 57 9,543 9,041 502 5.6%
Aurora 58 200,907 190,437 10,470 5.5%
Rantoul 59 13,238 12,551 687 5.5%
Harrisburg 60 9,418 8,933 485 5.4%
Lake Villa 61 8,916 8,460 456 5.4%
Elburn 62 5,594 5,310 284 5.3%
Lockport 63 25,096 23,844 1,252 5.3%
Wilmington 64 6,010 5,712 298 5.2%
Summit 65 11,409 10,865 544 5.0%
Roscoe 66 10,666 10,164 502 4.9%
South Elgin 67 22,274 21,235 1,039 4.9%
Calumet Park 68 8,320 7,932 388 4.9%
North Riverside 69 6,983 6,660 323 4.8%
Hinsdale 70 17,438 16,633 805 4.8%
Sycamore 71 17,611 16,800 811 4.8%
Coal City 72 5,687 5,428 259 4.8%
Manteno 73 8,958 8,551 407 4.8%
Elgin 74 111,919 106,837 5,082 4.8%
Effingham 75 12,650 12,076 574 4.8%
Bloomington 76 78,368 74,864 3,504 4.7%
Elmhurst 77 45,742 43,753 1,989 4.5%
Herrin 78 12,868 12,312 556 4.5%
Highland 79 9,839 9,416 423 4.5%
Clarendon Hills 80 8,641 8,275 366 4.4%
Auburn 81 5,006 4,798 208 4.3%
Rockton 82 7,596 7,287 309 4.2%
Norridge 83 15,023 14,414 609 4.2%
Wauconda 84 13,549 13,009 540 4.2%
Marion 85 17,703 17,003 700 4.1%
West Dundee 86 7,369 7,078 291 4.1%
West Chicago 87 27,420 26,348 1,072 4.1%
Tinley Park 88 57,125 54,943 2,182 4.0%
Glen Carbon 89 12,782 12,304 478 3.9%
Western Springs 90 13,133 12,657 476 3.8%
Monee 91 5,098 4,916 182 3.7%
Beach Park 92 13,788 13,315 473 3.6%
Naperville 93 145,789 140,838 4,951 3.5%
Algonquin 94 30,413 29,407 1,006 3.4%
Downers Grove 95 49,555 47,938 1,617 3.4%
Bartlett 96 41,475 40,122 1,353 3.4%
Woodstock 97 25,232 24,414 818 3.4%
Orland Hills 98 7,241 7,011 230 3.3%
Streamwood 99 40,552 39,267 1,285 3.3%
Loves Park 100 24,499 23,723 776 3.3%

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