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 Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, while others want peace and quiet like in Harlan and Sheldon, 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 Iowa 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 Hawkeye State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Iowa for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- North Liberty (Photos)
- Waukee (Photos)
- Ankeny (Photos)
- Johnston (Photos)
- Pleasant Hill (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Bondurant, 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 Iowa are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Hawkeye 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 82 Iowa 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 Hawkeye 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: 5,079 Population 2010: 3,486
Growth Rate: 45.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,593
2. North Liberty
Population: 16,984 Population 2010: 11,889
Growth Rate: 42.85%
Absolute Growth: 5,095
Population: 16,955 Population 2010: 12,305
Growth Rate: 37.79%
Absolute Growth: 4,650
Population: 10,422 Population 2010: 7,653
Growth Rate: 36.18%
Absolute Growth: 2,769
Population: 5,201 Population 2010: 3,852
Growth Rate: 35.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,349
Population: 53,413 Population 2010: 42,211
Growth Rate: 26.54%
Absolute Growth: 11,202
Population: 19,491 Population 2010: 15,723
Growth Rate: 23.96%
Absolute Growth: 3,768
Population: 16,692 Population 2010: 13,757
Growth Rate: 21.33%
Absolute Growth: 2,935
9. Pleasant Hill
Population: 9,406 Population 2010: 8,100
Growth Rate: 16.12%
Absolute Growth: 1,306
Population: 9,944 Population 2010: 8,622
Growth Rate: 15.33%
Absolute Growth: 1,322
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Iowa are led by Bondurant 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 Iowa reading , check out:
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- These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Iowa
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Iowa
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