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:
- Bargersville (Photos)
- West Lafayette (Photos)
- Mccordsville (Photos)
- Avon (Photos)
- Winfield (Photos)
- Kokomo (Photos)
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.
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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: 5,050 Population 2010: 1,915
Growth Rate: 163.71%
Absolute Growth: 3,135
Population: 25,709 Population 2010: 13,444
Growth Rate: 91.23%
Absolute Growth: 12,265
Population: 6,824 Population 2010: 3,888
Growth Rate: 75.51%
Absolute Growth: 2,936
4. West Lafayette
Population: 44,543 Population 2010: 29,344
Growth Rate: 51.8%
Absolute Growth: 15,199
Population: 8,722 Population 2010: 6,115
Growth Rate: 42.63%
Absolute Growth: 2,607
Population: 5,924 Population 2010: 4,187
Growth Rate: 41.49%
Absolute Growth: 1,737
Population: 15,712 Population 2010: 11,653
Growth Rate: 34.83%
Absolute Growth: 4,059
Population: 5,233 Population 2010: 3,956
Growth Rate: 32.28%
Absolute Growth: 1,277
Population: 58,075 Population 2010: 45,886
Growth Rate: 26.56%
Absolute Growth: 12,189
Population: 11,232 Population 2010: 9,227
Growth Rate: 21.73%
Absolute Growth: 2,005
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!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Indiana