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
  2. Pingree Grove (Photos)
  3. Hillsboro
  4. Gilberts
  5. Savoy
  6. Plano (Photos)
  7. Minooka (Photos)
  8. Yorkville (Photos)
  9. Huntley (Photos)
  10. Oswego (Photos)

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.

Or check out 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

2. Pingree Grove

Pingree Grove, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,983
Population 2010: 3,780
Growth Rate: 58.28%
Absolute Growth: 2,203

3. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,287
Population 2010: 5,382
Growth Rate: 35.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,905

4. Gilberts


Population: 7,479
Population 2010: 5,866
Growth Rate: 27.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,613

5. Savoy


Population: 8,118
Population 2010: 6,388
Growth Rate: 27.08%
Absolute Growth: 1,730

6. Plano

Plano, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,929
Population 2010: 9,472
Growth Rate: 25.94%
Absolute Growth: 2,457

7. Minooka

Minooka, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,786
Population 2010: 9,522
Growth Rate: 23.78%
Absolute Growth: 2,264

8. Yorkville

Yorkville, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,436
Population 2010: 15,065
Growth Rate: 22.38%
Absolute Growth: 3,371

9. Huntley

Huntley, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,831
Population 2010: 21,261
Growth Rate: 21.49%
Absolute Growth: 4,570

10. Oswego

Oswego, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,245
Population 2010: 27,719
Growth Rate: 19.94%
Absolute Growth: 5,526

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%
Carpentersville 101 38,275 37,094 1,181 3.2%
Lisle 102 22,989 22,288 701 3.1%
Country Club Hills 103 16,794 16,286 508 3.1%
Lombard 104 44,025 42,722 1,303 3.0%
Troy 105 10,041 9,745 296 3.0%
Lincolnshire 106 7,291 7,077 214 3.0%
Palos Heights 107 12,544 12,185 359 2.9%
Morris 108 13,930 13,533 397 2.9%
Melrose Park 109 25,422 24,725 697 2.8%
Glencoe 110 8,870 8,628 242 2.8%
Bourbonnais 111 18,607 18,101 506 2.8%
Urbana 112 41,941 40,801 1,140 2.8%
Winnetka 113 12,437 12,112 325 2.7%
Westmont 114 25,149 24,494 655 2.7%
Wheeling 115 38,008 37,030 978 2.6%
Woodridge 116 33,331 32,475 856 2.6%
Stickney 117 6,778 6,608 170 2.6%
Justice 118 12,957 12,633 324 2.6%
Richton Park 119 13,668 13,327 341 2.6%
Countryside 120 5,965 5,817 148 2.5%
Marengo 121 8,081 7,881 200 2.5%
Long Grove 122 8,065 7,866 199 2.5%
Hawthorn Woods 123 7,590 7,405 185 2.5%
Palatine 124 69,098 67,414 1,684 2.5%
Des Plaines 125 58,755 57,357 1,398 2.4%
Morton Grove 126 23,413 22,868 545 2.4%
Burbank 127 29,087 28,427 660 2.3%
Bolingbrook 128 74,320 72,649 1,671 2.3%
Braidwood 129 6,102 5,965 137 2.3%
Morton 130 16,343 15,986 357 2.2%
Burr Ridge 131 10,736 10,505 231 2.2%
Glendale Heights 132 34,395 33,664 731 2.2%
Evanston 133 75,472 73,880 1,592 2.2%
Lake Zurich 134 19,950 19,554 396 2.0%
Olney 135 8,931 8,758 173 2.0%
Harwood Heights 136 8,628 8,462 166 2.0%
Beardstown 137 6,109 5,994 115 1.9%
Batavia 138 26,413 25,924 489 1.9%
Peoria 139 115,990 113,853 2,137 1.9%
Northbrook 140 33,538 32,922 616 1.9%
Grayslake 141 21,053 20,671 382 1.8%
Glen Ellyn 142 27,894 27,397 497 1.8%
Markham 143 12,633 12,408 225 1.8%
Bradley 144 15,668 15,394 274 1.8%
Fairview Heights 145 16,793 16,504 289 1.8%
Sauk Village 146 10,541 10,360 181 1.7%
Geneseo 147 6,589 6,476 113 1.7%
Joliet 148 147,515 145,002 2,513 1.7%
Lincolnwood 149 12,637 12,422 215 1.7%
Midlothian 150 14,830 14,581 249 1.7%
Oak Lawn 151 56,774 55,830 944 1.7%
Wood Dale 152 13,908 13,678 230 1.7%
La Grange 153 15,688 15,430 258 1.7%
Skokie 154 64,873 63,824 1,049 1.6%
Wilmette 155 27,367 26,928 439 1.6%
Chicago Ridge 156 14,368 14,145 223 1.6%
Bloomingdale 157 22,221 21,877 344 1.6%
La Grange Park 158 13,596 13,387 209 1.6%
Hanover Park 159 38,331 37,743 588 1.6%
Deerfield 160 18,686 18,405 281 1.5%
Warrenville 161 13,415 13,214 201 1.5%
Northlake 162 12,339 12,156 183 1.5%
Berwyn 163 56,414 55,584 830 1.5%
Silvis 164 7,546 7,435 111 1.5%
Bridgeview 165 16,381 16,144 237 1.5%
Addison 166 37,192 36,670 522 1.4%
Springfield 167 116,745 115,121 1,624 1.4%
Schaumburg 168 74,366 73,333 1,033 1.4%
Glenwood 169 8,853 8,731 122 1.4%
Oak Forest 170 28,055 27,685 370 1.3%
Itasca 171 8,502 8,390 112 1.3%
Mount Prospect 172 54,552 53,838 714 1.3%
Geneva 173 21,732 21,448 284 1.3%
Lansing 174 28,369 28,005 364 1.3%
Carbondale 175 26,066 25,732 334 1.3%
Mundelein 176 31,550 31,146 404 1.3%
Schiller Park 177 11,813 11,668 145 1.2%
Carol Stream 178 40,228 39,740 488 1.2%
Park Ridge 179 37,567 37,115 452 1.2%
Benton 180 7,148 7,066 82 1.2%
Oak Park 181 51,989 51,426 563 1.1%
Lake In The Hills 182 28,908 28,596 312 1.1%
St. Charles 183 32,745 32,392 353 1.1%
Lindenhurst 184 14,380 14,227 153 1.1%
Westchester 185 16,719 16,542 177 1.1%
Alsip 186 19,335 19,134 201 1.1%
Oak Brook 187 7,988 7,905 83 1.0%
Chester 188 8,599 8,510 89 1.0%
Palos Hills 189 17,545 17,366 179 1.0%
Hoffman Estates 190 51,727 51,203 524 1.0%
Arlington Heights 191 75,721 74,967 754 1.0%
Hillside 192 8,165 8,088 77 1.0%
Channahon 193 12,329 12,215 114 0.9%
Worth 194 10,776 10,677 99 0.9%
Brookfield 195 18,966 18,807 159 0.8%
Berkeley 196 5,201 5,159 42 0.8%
Wheaton 197 53,568 53,141 427 0.8%
Pekin 198 34,003 33,733 270 0.8%
Roselle 199 22,911 22,733 178 0.8%
Cicero 200 83,972 83,332 640 0.8%
South Holland 201 22,040 21,880 160 0.7%
Willowbrook 202 8,603 8,546 57 0.7%
Crestwood 203 10,989 10,922 67 0.6%
Winthrop Harbor 204 6,832 6,791 41 0.6%
Niles 205 29,628 29,463 165 0.6%
Elmwood Park 206 24,845 24,710 135 0.5%
Elk Grove Village 207 33,251 33,072 179 0.5%
Harvey 208 25,625 25,489 136 0.5%
Prospect Heights 209 16,331 16,252 79 0.5%
Riverside 210 8,779 8,737 42 0.5%
Quincy 211 40,689 40,496 193 0.5%
River Grove 212 10,248 10,200 48 0.5%
River Forest 213 11,217 11,166 51 0.5%
Mchenry 214 26,631 26,518 113 0.4%
South Beloit 215 7,589 7,559 30 0.4%
Chicago 216 2,714,017 2,703,466 10,551 0.4%
Lyons 217 10,571 10,530 41 0.4%
Calumet City 218 37,112 36,975 137 0.4%
Darien 219 22,232 22,163 69 0.3%
Evergreen Park 220 19,849 19,815 34 0.2%
Bellwood 221 19,146 19,114 32 0.2%
Litchfield 222 6,976 6,965 11 0.2%
Bartonville 223 6,406 6,397 9 0.1%
East Moline 224 21,394 21,370 24 0.1%
Jerseyville 225 8,502 8,495 7 0.1%
Crest Hill 226 20,316 20,313 3 0.0%
Gurnee 227 31,070 31,068 2 0.0%
Belvidere 228 25,300 25,303 -3 -0.0%
Flossmoor 229 9,215 9,218 -3 -0.0%
Godfrey 230 17,809 17,819 -10 -0.1%
Broadview 231 7,915 7,924 -9 -0.1%
Johnsburg 232 6,285 6,294 -9 -0.1%
Chicago Heights 233 30,349 30,414 -65 -0.2%
Streator 234 13,163 13,195 -32 -0.2%
Homewood 235 19,280 19,328 -48 -0.2%
Round Lake Beach 236 27,936 28,006 -70 -0.2%
Machesney Park 237 23,002 23,070 -68 -0.3%
Franklin Park 238 18,290 18,346 -56 -0.3%
Rock Island 239 38,647 38,817 -170 -0.4%
Libertyville 240 20,435 20,530 -95 -0.5%
East Peoria 241 23,090 23,221 -131 -0.6%
Buffalo Grove 242 41,554 41,859 -305 -0.7%
Zion 243 24,195 24,375 -180 -0.7%
Fox Lake 244 10,434 10,515 -81 -0.8%
Mount Vernon 245 14,880 15,003 -123 -0.8%
Dolton 246 23,113 23,324 -211 -0.9%
Rolling Meadows 247 23,377 23,601 -224 -0.9%
Milan 248 5,097 5,146 -49 -1.0%
Highland Park 249 29,780 30,080 -300 -1.0%
Northfield 250 5,374 5,429 -55 -1.0%
Forest Park 251 14,137 14,282 -145 -1.0%
Hickory Hills 252 13,858 14,004 -146 -1.0%
Moline 253 42,805 43,331 -526 -1.2%
Cary 254 17,946 18,167 -221 -1.2%
Villa Park 255 21,977 22,249 -272 -1.2%
Bensenville 256 18,431 18,661 -230 -1.2%
Robbins 257 5,216 5,282 -66 -1.2%
Mendota 258 7,182 7,274 -92 -1.3%
Monmouth 259 9,272 9,391 -119 -1.3%
Maywood 260 24,029 24,338 -309 -1.3%
Lincoln 261 14,253 14,441 -188 -1.3%
Homer Glen 262 24,385 24,723 -338 -1.4%
Waukegan 263 88,159 89,382 -1,223 -1.4%
Highwood 264 5,377 5,452 -75 -1.4%
Crystal Lake 265 40,475 41,044 -569 -1.4%
Rock Falls 266 9,104 9,237 -133 -1.4%
Watseka 267 5,318 5,398 -80 -1.5%
Chillicothe 268 6,169 6,268 -99 -1.6%
Pontiac 269 12,016 12,215 -199 -1.6%
Dekalb 270 43,269 43,995 -726 -1.7%
Bethalto 271 9,364 9,531 -167 -1.8%
Mattoon 272 17,399 17,720 -321 -1.8%
Princeton 273 7,741 7,884 -143 -1.8%
University Park 274 7,196 7,329 -133 -1.8%
Greenville 275 6,833 6,962 -129 -1.9%
Jacksonville 276 19,042 19,408 -366 -1.9%
Kewanee 277 12,755 13,014 -259 -2.0%
Barrington 278 10,449 10,662 -213 -2.0%
Steger 279 9,535 9,734 -199 -2.0%
Lasalle 280 9,484 9,697 -213 -2.2%
Galesburg 281 31,469 32,176 -707 -2.2%
Rochelle 282 9,385 9,597 -212 -2.2%
Collinsville 283 24,855 25,419 -564 -2.2%
Park Forest 284 21,831 22,330 -499 -2.2%
Charleston 285 21,257 21,746 -489 -2.2%
Clinton 286 7,195 7,362 -167 -2.3%
Blue Island 287 22,446 22,990 -544 -2.4%
Island Lake 288 8,025 8,223 -198 -2.4%
Hazel Crest 289 13,924 14,271 -347 -2.4%
Sterling 290 15,071 15,450 -379 -2.5%
Canton 291 14,397 14,764 -367 -2.5%
Park City 292 7,402 7,600 -198 -2.6%
Macomb 293 18,771 19,282 -511 -2.7%
Lake Forest 294 18,881 19,397 -516 -2.7%
Granite City 295 29,662 30,481 -819 -2.7%
Crete 296 8,215 8,442 -227 -2.7%
Belleville 297 42,729 43,942 -1,213 -2.8%
Sandwich 298 7,491 7,707 -216 -2.8%
Ottawa 299 18,707 19,263 -556 -2.9%
Decatur 300 74,063 76,429 -2,366 -3.1%
Spring Valley 301 5,365 5,540 -175 -3.2%
Metropolis 302 6,366 6,575 -209 -3.2%
Peru 303 9,913 10,239 -326 -3.2%
Rockford 304 149,597 154,517 -4,920 -3.2%
Shelbyville 305 5,147 5,324 -177 -3.3%
Freeport 306 24,784 25,686 -902 -3.5%
Pinckneyville 307 5,422 5,621 -199 -3.5%
Danville 308 32,030 33,239 -1,209 -3.6%
East St. Louis 309 26,731 27,750 -1,019 -3.7%
East Alton 310 6,171 6,415 -244 -3.8%
Du Quoin 311 5,932 6,169 -237 -3.8%
Peoria Heights 312 6,019 6,273 -254 -4.0%
Dixon 313 14,802 15,440 -638 -4.1%
Centralia 314 12,696 13,250 -554 -4.2%
Wood River 315 10,360 10,817 -457 -4.2%
Alton 316 27,175 28,380 -1,205 -4.2%
Carlinville 317 5,297 5,532 -235 -4.2%
Kankakee 318 26,424 27,598 -1,174 -4.3%
Riverdale 319 13,047 13,629 -582 -4.3%
Murphysboro 320 8,007 8,375 -368 -4.4%
Lake Bluff 321 5,758 6,035 -277 -4.6%
Robinson 322 7,447 7,807 -360 -4.6%
Pontoon Beach 323 5,753 6,054 -301 -5.0%
Centreville 324 5,127 5,406 -279 -5.2%
Mount Carmel 325 7,048 7,437 -389 -5.2%
Pana 326 5,673 5,991 -318 -5.3%
Cahokia 327 14,574 15,406 -832 -5.4%
Carmi 328 5,065 5,422 -357 -6.6%
Hoopeston 329 5,245 5,625 -380 -6.8%
Paris 330 8,413 9,028 -615 -6.8%
Salem 331 6,930 7,473 -543 -7.3%
West Frankfort 332 7,941 8,700 -759 -8.7%
North Chicago 333 30,023 33,010 -2,987 -9.0%
Taylorville 334 11,081 12,668 -1,587 -12.5%

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