These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Illinois


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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 Olympia Fields, 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:

  1. Sumner
  2. Hillsboro
  3. Pingree Grove
  4. Gilberts
  5. Savoy
  6. Plano
  7. Yorkville
  8. Hampshire
  9. Huntley
  10. Minooka

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 Illinois are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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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 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 340 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Sumner


Population 2014: 5,556
Population 2010: 1,984
Growth Rate: 180.04%
Absolute Growth: 3,572

2. Hillsboro

Hillsboro, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,371
Population 2010: 5,382
Growth Rate: 55.54%
Absolute Growth: 2,989

3. Pingree Grove

Pingree Grove, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,062
Population 2010: 3,780
Growth Rate: 33.92%
Absolute Growth: 1,282

4. Gilberts

Gilberts, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,256
Population 2010: 5,866
Growth Rate: 23.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,390

5. Savoy

Savoy, Illinois

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,835
Population 2010: 6,388
Growth Rate: 22.65%
Absolute Growth: 1,447

6. Plano

Plano, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,371
Population 2010: 9,472
Growth Rate: 20.05%
Absolute Growth: 1,899

7. Yorkville

Yorkville, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,980
Population 2010: 15,065
Growth Rate: 19.35%
Absolute Growth: 2,915

8. Hampshire

Hampshire, Illinois

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Population: 6,053
Population 2010: 5,101
Growth Rate: 18.66%
Absolute Growth: 952

9. Huntley

Huntley, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,200
Population 2010: 21,261
Growth Rate: 18.53%
Absolute Growth: 3,939

10. Minooka

Minooka, Illinois

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,225
Population 2010: 9,522
Growth Rate: 17.88%
Absolute Growth: 1,703

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Illinois are led by Sumner 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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Illinois

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Sumner 1 5,556 1,984 3,572 180.0%
Hillsboro 2 8,371 5,382 2,989 55.5%
Pingree Grove 3 5,062 3,780 1,282 33.9%
Gilberts 4 7,256 5,866 1,390 23.7%
Savoy 5 7,835 6,388 1,447 22.7%
Plano 6 11,371 9,472 1,899 20.0%
Yorkville 7 17,980 15,065 2,915 19.3%
Hampshire 8 6,053 5,101 952 18.7%
Huntley 9 25,200 21,261 3,939 18.5%
Minooka 10 11,225 9,522 1,703 17.9%
Montgomery 11 18,780 15,957 2,823 17.7%
Oswego 12 31,723 27,719 4,004 14.4%
Lakemoor 13 6,576 5,765 811 14.1%
Harvard 14 9,829 8,621 1,208 14.0%
Round Lake 15 18,399 16,163 2,236 13.8%
Plainfield 16 40,641 35,708 4,933 13.8%
Manteno 17 9,585 8,551 1,034 12.1%
Mount Zion 18 5,830 5,244 586 11.2%
Sugar Grove 19 9,096 8,202 894 10.9%
Mahomet 20 7,592 6,888 704 10.2%
Shorewood 21 16,186 14,718 1,468 10.0%
Maryville 22 7,727 7,029 698 9.9%
Chatham 23 12,131 11,120 1,011 9.1%
Poplar Grove 24 5,498 5,084 414 8.1%
Eureka 25 5,638 5,222 416 8.0%
Elburn 26 5,733 5,310 423 8.0%
North Aurora 27 16,927 15,680 1,247 8.0%
Manhattan 28 7,017 6,511 506 7.8%
O’Fallon 29 29,100 27,044 2,056 7.6%
Matteson 30 19,097 17,756 1,341 7.6%
South Beloit 31 8,129 7,559 570 7.5%
Washington 32 15,525 14,456 1,069 7.4%
Creve Coeur 33 5,717 5,328 389 7.3%
Round Lake Park 34 7,758 7,232 526 7.3%
Swansea 35 13,870 12,941 929 7.2%
Vandalia 36 6,247 5,833 414 7.1%
Lemont 37 16,376 15,320 1,056 6.9%
Mascoutah 38 7,675 7,191 484 6.7%
Willow Springs 39 5,692 5,344 348 6.5%
Antioch 40 14,395 13,519 876 6.5%
Olympia Fields 41 5,022 4,718 304 6.4%
Glen Carbon 42 13,095 12,304 791 6.4%
Lynwood 43 9,260 8,725 535 6.1%
Frankfort 44 18,100 17,056 1,044 6.1%
Romeoville 45 39,675 37,484 2,191 5.8%
Shiloh 46 12,706 12,015 691 5.8%
Beardstown 47 6,336 5,994 342 5.7%
Roscoe 48 10,724 10,164 560 5.5%
Inverness 49 7,516 7,129 387 5.4%
Carterville 50 5,635 5,345 290 5.4%
Rantoul 51 13,214 12,551 663 5.3%
Lockport 52 25,063 23,844 1,219 5.1%
Aurora 53 199,878 190,437 9,441 5.0%
Orland Park 54 57,802 55,098 2,704 4.9%
Waterloo 55 10,102 9,640 462 4.8%
Normal 56 54,082 51,610 2,472 4.8%
Lake Villa 57 8,860 8,460 400 4.7%
Vernon Hills 58 25,535 24,388 1,147 4.7%
Summit 59 11,367 10,865 502 4.6%
Fairview Heights 60 17,250 16,504 746 4.5%
Columbia 61 9,889 9,469 420 4.4%
Monee 62 5,133 4,916 217 4.4%
Posen 63 5,934 5,684 250 4.4%
Hawthorn Woods 64 7,727 7,405 322 4.3%
Edwardsville 65 24,464 23,450 1,014 4.3%
Champaign 66 82,848 79,430 3,418 4.3%
Auburn 67 5,004 4,798 206 4.3%
North Riverside 68 6,940 6,660 280 4.2%
South Elgin 69 22,126 21,235 891 4.2%
West Dundee 70 7,367 7,078 289 4.1%
West Chicago 71 27,416 26,348 1,068 4.1%
Bloomington 72 77,883 74,864 3,019 4.0%
Beach Park 73 13,851 13,315 536 4.0%
Glenview 74 45,400 43,649 1,751 4.0%
Sycamore 75 17,473 16,800 673 4.0%
Tinley Park 76 57,099 54,943 2,156 3.9%
Wilmington 77 5,934 5,712 222 3.9%
Elgin 78 110,906 106,837 4,069 3.8%
Monticello 79 5,400 5,202 198 3.8%
Braidwood 80 6,191 5,965 226 3.8%
Streamwood 81 40,746 39,267 1,479 3.8%
Winfield 82 9,368 9,041 327 3.6%
Glenwood 83 9,040 8,731 309 3.5%
Mokena 84 18,804 18,164 640 3.5%
Bartlett 85 41,529 40,122 1,407 3.5%
Orland Hills 86 7,252 7,011 241 3.4%
Highland 87 9,738 9,416 322 3.4%
Genoa 88 5,716 5,529 187 3.4%
Spring Grove 89 5,390 5,214 176 3.4%
New Lenox 90 24,747 23,946 801 3.3%
Herrin 91 12,721 12,312 409 3.3%
Clarendon Hills 92 8,548 8,275 273 3.3%
Calumet Park 93 8,189 7,932 257 3.2%
Western Springs 94 13,066 12,657 409 3.2%
Melrose Park 95 25,514 24,725 789 3.2%
St. Charles 96 33,422 32,392 1,030 3.2%
Palos Heights 97 12,572 12,185 387 3.2%
Morton 98 16,493 15,986 507 3.2%
Elmhurst 99 45,105 43,753 1,352 3.1%
Stickney 100 6,810 6,608 202 3.1%
Westmont 101 25,236 24,494 742 3.0%
Loves Park 102 24,435 23,723 712 3.0%
Downers Grove 103 49,372 47,938 1,434 3.0%
Bourbonnais 104 18,641 18,101 540 3.0%
Richton Park 105 13,718 13,327 391 2.9%
Morris 106 13,929 13,533 396 2.9%
Effingham 107 12,428 12,076 352 2.9%
Justice 108 13,001 12,633 368 2.9%
Woodstock 109 25,121 24,414 707 2.9%
Country Club Hills 110 16,752 16,286 466 2.9%
Carpentersville 111 38,128 37,094 1,034 2.8%
Bradley 112 15,822 15,394 428 2.8%
Olney 113 8,997 8,758 239 2.7%
Lincolnshire 114 7,270 7,077 193 2.7%
Countryside 115 5,974 5,817 157 2.7%
Algonquin 116 30,189 29,407 782 2.7%
Lombard 117 43,853 42,722 1,131 2.6%
Des Plaines 118 58,802 57,357 1,445 2.5%
Bridgeview 119 16,550 16,144 406 2.5%
Carbondale 120 26,374 25,732 642 2.5%
Morton Grove 121 23,424 22,868 556 2.4%
Rockton 122 7,461 7,287 174 2.4%
Palatine 123 69,015 67,414 1,601 2.4%
Burbank 124 29,097 28,427 670 2.4%
Urbana 125 41,760 40,801 959 2.4%
Naperville 126 144,108 140,838 3,270 2.3%
Woodridge 127 33,227 32,475 752 2.3%
Wheeling 128 37,886 37,030 856 2.3%
Fox Lake 129 10,757 10,515 242 2.3%
Glendale Heights 130 34,436 33,664 772 2.3%
Harwood Heights 131 8,656 8,462 194 2.3%
Glencoe 132 8,824 8,628 196 2.3%
Itasca 133 8,579 8,390 189 2.3%
Midlothian 134 14,901 14,581 320 2.2%
Berwyn 135 56,762 55,584 1,178 2.1%
Winnetka 136 12,366 12,112 254 2.1%
Hoffman Estates 137 52,271 51,203 1,068 2.1%
Norridge 138 14,713 14,414 299 2.1%
Marion 139 17,353 17,003 350 2.1%
Oak Lawn 140 56,969 55,830 1,139 2.0%
Riverside 141 8,915 8,737 178 2.0%
Blue Island 142 23,453 22,990 463 2.0%
Bolingbrook 143 74,112 72,649 1,463 2.0%
Skokie 144 65,056 63,824 1,232 1.9%
Joliet 145 147,786 145,002 2,784 1.9%
Long Grove 146 8,017 7,866 151 1.9%
Troy 147 9,931 9,745 186 1.9%
Evanston 148 75,282 73,880 1,402 1.9%
Chicago Ridge 149 14,410 14,145 265 1.9%
Lincolnwood 150 12,653 12,422 231 1.9%
Monmouth 151 9,565 9,391 174 1.9%
Sauk Village 152 10,545 10,360 185 1.8%
La Grange Park 153 13,624 13,387 237 1.8%
Markham 154 12,625 12,408 217 1.7%
Northlake 155 12,368 12,156 212 1.7%
Lansing 156 28,486 28,005 481 1.7%
Channahon 157 12,422 12,215 207 1.7%
Benton 158 7,185 7,066 119 1.7%
Schaumburg 159 74,560 73,333 1,227 1.7%
Colona 160 5,057 4,974 83 1.7%
Burr Ridge 161 10,678 10,505 173 1.6%
Peoria 162 115,718 113,853 1,865 1.6%
Homewood 163 19,642 19,328 314 1.6%
Belvidere 164 25,713 25,303 410 1.6%
Niles 165 29,939 29,463 476 1.6%
Hinsdale 166 16,898 16,633 265 1.6%
La Grange 167 15,675 15,430 245 1.6%
Barrington 168 10,830 10,662 168 1.6%
Wilmette 169 27,345 26,928 417 1.5%
Lisle 170 22,626 22,288 338 1.5%
Oak Forest 171 28,104 27,685 419 1.5%
Bloomingdale 172 22,208 21,877 331 1.5%
Lake Zurich 173 19,849 19,554 295 1.5%
Carlinville 174 5,615 5,532 83 1.5%
Wood Dale 175 13,882 13,678 204 1.5%
Schiller Park 176 11,842 11,668 174 1.5%
Addison 177 37,215 36,670 545 1.5%
Hanover Park 178 38,302 37,743 559 1.5%
Westchester 179 16,786 16,542 244 1.5%
Springfield 180 116,815 115,121 1,694 1.5%
Charleston 181 22,065 21,746 319 1.5%
Northbrook 182 33,396 32,922 474 1.4%
Worth 183 10,827 10,677 150 1.4%
Mount Prospect 184 54,589 53,838 751 1.4%
Wauconda 185 13,189 13,009 180 1.4%
Flossmoor 186 9,339 9,218 121 1.3%
Alsip 187 19,385 19,134 251 1.3%
Cicero 188 84,423 83,332 1,091 1.3%
Lyons 189 10,667 10,530 137 1.3%
Lindenhurst 190 14,412 14,227 185 1.3%
Hillside 191 8,192 8,088 104 1.3%
Palos Hills 192 17,584 17,366 218 1.3%
Silvis 193 7,525 7,435 90 1.2%
Watseka 194 5,463 5,398 65 1.2%
Campton Hills 195 10,908 10,780 128 1.2%
Berkeley 196 5,219 5,159 60 1.2%
Lake In The Hills 197 28,926 28,596 330 1.2%
Brookfield 198 19,022 18,807 215 1.1%
Mundelein 199 31,498 31,146 352 1.1%
Warrenville 200 13,361 13,214 147 1.1%
South Holland 201 22,123 21,880 243 1.1%
Oak Park 202 51,988 51,426 562 1.1%
Mchenry 203 26,803 26,518 285 1.1%
Park Ridge 204 37,511 37,115 396 1.1%
Mattoon 205 17,906 17,720 186 1.0%
Elmwood Park 206 24,960 24,710 250 1.0%
Geneva 207 21,662 21,448 214 1.0%
Carol Stream 208 40,136 39,740 396 1.0%
Roselle 209 22,951 22,733 218 1.0%
Grayslake 210 20,863 20,671 192 0.9%
Arlington Heights 211 75,577 74,967 610 0.8%
Hickory Hills 212 14,117 14,004 113 0.8%
Oak Brook 213 7,967 7,905 62 0.8%
Crestwood 214 11,006 10,922 84 0.8%
Park Forest 215 22,490 22,330 160 0.7%
Willowbrook 216 8,607 8,546 61 0.7%
Quincy 217 40,782 40,496 286 0.7%
Bartonville 218 6,440 6,397 43 0.7%
River Grove 219 10,268 10,200 68 0.7%
Elk Grove Village 220 33,288 33,072 216 0.7%
Crest Hill 221 20,444 20,313 131 0.6%
Harrisburg 222 8,989 8,933 56 0.6%
Calumet City 223 37,197 36,975 222 0.6%
Coal City 224 5,460 5,428 32 0.6%
Pekin 225 33,928 33,733 195 0.6%
Prospect Heights 226 16,344 16,252 92 0.6%
Evergreen Park 227 19,924 19,815 109 0.6%
Godfrey 228 17,911 17,819 92 0.5%
Wheaton 229 53,406 53,141 265 0.5%
Machesney Park 230 23,180 23,070 110 0.5%
Johnsburg 231 6,322 6,294 28 0.4%
Mount Vernon 232 15,069 15,003 66 0.4%
Broadview 233 7,956 7,924 32 0.4%
River Forest 234 11,211 11,166 45 0.4%
Darien 235 22,251 22,163 88 0.4%
Deerfield 236 18,476 18,405 71 0.4%
Geneseo 237 6,500 6,476 24 0.4%
Gurnee 238 31,182 31,068 114 0.4%
Chicago 239 2,712,608 2,703,466 9,142 0.3%
Franklin Park 240 18,389 18,346 43 0.2%
Dekalb 241 44,092 43,995 97 0.2%
Rolling Meadows 242 23,646 23,601 45 0.2%
Bellwood 243 19,149 19,114 35 0.2%
Rock Island 244 38,888 38,817 71 0.2%
Round Lake Beach 245 28,048 28,006 42 0.1%
East Peoria 246 23,225 23,221 4 0.0%
Glen Ellyn 247 27,394 27,397 -3 -0.0%
Chicago Heights 248 30,410 30,414 -4 -0.0%
Batavia 249 25,905 25,924 -19 -0.1%
Chester 250 8,495 8,510 -15 -0.2%
Dolton 251 23,262 23,324 -62 -0.3%
Cary 252 18,115 18,167 -52 -0.3%
Streator 253 13,152 13,195 -43 -0.3%
Zion 254 24,292 24,375 -83 -0.3%
East Moline 255 21,294 21,370 -76 -0.4%
Pinckneyville 256 5,600 5,621 -21 -0.4%
Lincoln 257 14,382 14,441 -59 -0.4%
Macomb 258 19,193 19,282 -89 -0.5%
Milan 259 5,122 5,146 -24 -0.5%
Jacksonville 260 19,315 19,408 -93 -0.5%
Collinsville 261 25,282 25,419 -137 -0.5%
Forest Park 262 14,202 14,282 -80 -0.6%
Moline 263 43,087 43,331 -244 -0.6%
Buffalo Grove 264 41,613 41,859 -246 -0.6%
Libertyville 265 20,398 20,530 -132 -0.6%
Park City 266 7,551 7,600 -49 -0.6%
Peru 267 10,172 10,239 -67 -0.7%
Winthrop Harbor 268 6,744 6,791 -47 -0.7%
Litchfield 269 6,913 6,965 -52 -0.7%
Canton 270 14,650 14,764 -114 -0.8%
Maywood 271 24,148 24,338 -190 -0.8%
Villa Park 272 22,073 22,249 -176 -0.8%
Waukegan 273 88,671 89,382 -711 -0.8%
Flora 274 5,045 5,088 -43 -0.8%
Galesburg 275 31,898 32,176 -278 -0.9%
Highland Park 276 29,819 30,080 -261 -0.9%
Bethalto 277 9,443 9,531 -88 -0.9%
Highwood 278 5,400 5,452 -52 -1.0%
Harvey 279 25,225 25,489 -264 -1.0%
Crystal Lake 280 40,598 41,044 -446 -1.1%
Bensenville 281 18,457 18,661 -204 -1.1%
Rochelle 282 9,492 9,597 -105 -1.1%
Robbins 283 5,221 5,282 -61 -1.2%
Hazel Crest 284 14,102 14,271 -169 -1.2%
Rock Falls 285 9,111 9,237 -126 -1.4%
Chillicothe 286 6,181 6,268 -87 -1.4%
Ottawa 287 18,992 19,263 -271 -1.4%
Greenville 288 6,860 6,962 -102 -1.5%
Belleville 289 43,296 43,942 -646 -1.5%
Mendota 290 7,161 7,274 -113 -1.6%
Sterling 291 15,208 15,450 -242 -1.6%
Homer Glen 292 24,322 24,723 -401 -1.6%
Kankakee 293 27,145 27,598 -453 -1.6%
Lasalle 294 9,537 9,697 -160 -1.6%
Metropolis 295 6,466 6,575 -109 -1.7%
Pontiac 296 12,012 12,215 -203 -1.7%
Steger 297 9,569 9,734 -165 -1.7%
Decatur 298 75,088 76,429 -1,341 -1.8%
Northfield 299 5,332 5,429 -97 -1.8%
Spring Valley 300 5,441 5,540 -99 -1.8%
Freeport 301 25,225 25,686 -461 -1.8%
Crete 302 8,284 8,442 -158 -1.9%
Rockford 303 151,290 154,517 -3,227 -2.1%
Carmi 304 5,307 5,422 -115 -2.1%
Shelbyville 305 5,211 5,324 -113 -2.1%
Murphysboro 306 8,189 8,375 -186 -2.2%
Jerseyville 307 8,305 8,495 -190 -2.2%
Danville 308 32,483 33,239 -756 -2.3%
Island Lake 309 8,033 8,223 -190 -2.3%
Granite City 310 29,764 30,481 -717 -2.4%
Princeton 311 7,698 7,884 -186 -2.4%
Kewanee 312 12,694 13,014 -320 -2.5%
Lake Forest 313 18,914 19,397 -483 -2.5%
Sandwich 314 7,513 7,707 -194 -2.5%
Du Quoin 315 6,012 6,169 -157 -2.5%
Riverdale 316 13,278 13,629 -351 -2.6%
Hoopeston 317 5,474 5,625 -151 -2.7%
Lake Bluff 318 5,867 6,035 -168 -2.8%
Centralia 319 12,880 13,250 -370 -2.8%
East Alton 320 6,231 6,415 -184 -2.9%
Alton 321 27,517 28,380 -863 -3.0%
Dixon 322 14,963 15,440 -477 -3.1%
Wood River 323 10,477 10,817 -340 -3.1%
Cahokia 324 14,905 15,406 -501 -3.3%
Peoria Heights 325 6,056 6,273 -217 -3.5%
Paris 326 8,702 9,028 -326 -3.6%
Centreville 327 5,208 5,406 -198 -3.7%
Mount Carmel 328 7,155 7,437 -282 -3.8%
East St. Louis 329 26,697 27,750 -1,053 -3.8%
Pontoon Beach 330 5,804 6,054 -250 -4.1%
Salem 331 7,135 7,473 -338 -4.5%
West Frankfort 332 8,247 8,700 -453 -5.2%
Marengo 333 7,451 7,881 -430 -5.5%
Clinton 334 6,931 7,362 -431 -5.9%
University Park 335 6,852 7,329 -477 -6.5%
Pana 336 5,601 5,991 -390 -6.5%
North Chicago 337 30,760 33,010 -2,250 -6.8%
Robinson 338 7,264 7,807 -543 -7.0%
Taylorville 339 11,761 12,668 -907 -7.2%
Fairfield 340 5,080 5,644 -564 -10.0%

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