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 Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, while others want peace and quiet like in White and Alexandria, 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 Indiana 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 Hoosier State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Indiana for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- White (Homes For Sale)
- Zionsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bargersville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- West Lafayette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sellersburg (Homes For Sale)
- Mccordsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Avon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Winfield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kokomo (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Yor (Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of White, 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 Indiana are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Hoosier 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 120 Indiana 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 Hoosier 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]
Population: 25,709 Population 2010: 13,444
Growth Rate: 91.23%
Absolute Growth: 12,265
More on Zionsville: Homes For Sale | Data
Zionsville is a suburban town located in the extreme southeast area of Boone County, Indiana, United States, northwest of Indianapolis. The population was 14,160 at the 2010 census, and grew to 26,784 in the Census 2016 estimates.
Population: 6,824 Population 2010: 3,888
Growth Rate: 75.51%
Absolute Growth: 2,936
More on Bargersville: Homes For Sale | Data
Bargersville is a town in White River and Union townships, Johnson County, Indiana, United States. The population was 4,013 at the 2010 census.
4. West Lafayette
Population: 44,543 Population 2010: 29,344
Growth Rate: 51.8%
Absolute Growth: 15,199
More on West Lafayette: Homes For Sale | Data
West Lafayette /wst lfit/ is a city in Wabash Township, Tippecanoe County, Indiana, United States, about 65 miles (105 km) northwest of the state capital of Indianapolis and 103 miles (166 km) southeast of Chicago. West Lafayette is directly across the Wabash River from its sister city, Lafayette. As of the 2016 census estimate, its population was 45,872. It is the most densely populated city in Indiana and is home to Purdue University.
Population: 8,722 Population 2010: 6,115
Growth Rate: 42.63%
Absolute Growth: 2,607
More on Sellersburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Sellersburg is a town located within Silver Creek Township, Clark County, Indiana, United States. It had a population of 6,128 at time of the 2010 census. Sellersburg is located along Interstate 65, about 15 minutes north of Louisville.
Population: 5,924 Population 2010: 4,187
Growth Rate: 41.49%
Absolute Growth: 1,737
More on McCordsville: Homes For Sale | Data
McCordsville is a town in Vernon Township, Hancock County, Indiana, United States. The population was 4,797 at the 2010 census.
Population: 15,712 Population 2010: 11,653
Growth Rate: 34.83%
Absolute Growth: 4,059
More on Avon: Homes For Sale | Data
Avon is a town in Washington Township, Hendricks County, Indiana, United States. The population was 12,446 at the 2010 census, and in 2016 the estimated population was 16,960.
Population: 58,075 Population 2010: 45,886
Growth Rate: 26.56%
Absolute Growth: 12,189
More on Kokomo: Homes For Sale | Data
Kokomo /kokmo/ is a city in and the county seat of Howard County, Indiana, United States. Kokomo is Indiana’s 13th-largest city. It is the principal city of the Kokomo, Indiana Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Howard and Tipton counties. Kokomo’s population was 46,113 at the 2000 census, and 45,468 at the 2010 census. On January 1, 2012, Kokomo successfully annexed more than 7 square miles (18 km2) on the south and west sides of the city, including Alto and Indian Heights, increasing the city’s population to nearly 57,000 people.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Indiana are led by White 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 Indiana reading, check out:
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- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Indiana
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Indiana
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Indiana