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 Sheldon and Harlan, 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:
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 Iowa are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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 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 80 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 15,944 Population 2010: 12,305
Growth Rate: 29.57%
Absolute Growth: 3,639
2. North Liberty
Population: 14,503 Population 2010: 11,889
Growth Rate: 21.99%
Absolute Growth: 2,614
Population: 18,874 Population 2010: 15,723
Growth Rate: 20.04%
Absolute Growth: 3,151
Population: 9,037 Population 2010: 7,653
Growth Rate: 18.08%
Absolute Growth: 1,384
Population: 49,488 Population 2010: 42,211
Growth Rate: 17.24%
Absolute Growth: 7,277
Population: 15,317 Population 2010: 13,757
Growth Rate: 11.34%
Absolute Growth: 1,560
7. Pleasant Hill
Population: 9,011 Population 2010: 8,100
Growth Rate: 11.25%
Absolute Growth: 911
Population: 5,908 Population 2010: 5,319
Growth Rate: 11.07%
Absolute Growth: 589
Population: 41,157 Population 2010: 37,503
Growth Rate: 9.74%
Absolute Growth: 3,654
Population: 9,444 Population 2010: 8,622
Growth Rate: 9.53%
Absolute Growth: 822
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Iowa are led by Waukee 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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