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:
- Sumner (Homes For Sale)
- Pingree Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hillsboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gilberts (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Savoy (Homes For Sale)
- Plano (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Minooka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Yorkville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Huntley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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]
2. Pingree Grove
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.
Population: 7,479 Population 2010: 5,866
Growth Rate: 27.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,613
More on Gilberts: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
For more Illinois reading , check out:
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Illinois
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Illinois
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Illinois