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 Wichita and Overland Park, while others want peace and quiet like in Concordia and Colby, 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 Kansas 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 Sunflower 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 Kansas are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Sunflower 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 59 Kansas 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 Sunflower 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]
1. Junction City
Population: 24,691 Population 2010: 20,742
Growth Rate: 19.04%
Absolute Growth: 3,949
Population: 20,128 Population 2010: 17,541
Growth Rate: 14.75%
Absolute Growth: 2,587
3. Spring Hill
Population: 5,618 Population 2010: 4,948
Growth Rate: 13.54%
Absolute Growth: 670
Population 2014: 23,419 Population 2010: 20,909
Growth Rate: 12.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,510
Population 2014: 12,113 Population 2010: 10,993
Growth Rate: 10.19%
Absolute Growth: 1,120
Population: 55,112 Population 2010: 50,606
Growth Rate: 8.9%
Absolute Growth: 4,506
Population 2014: 11,235 Population 2010: 10,345
Growth Rate: 8.6%
Absolute Growth: 890
Population: 129,913 Population 2010: 120,774
Growth Rate: 7.57%
Absolute Growth: 9,139
9. Dodge City
Population: 27,950 Population 2010: 26,298
Growth Rate: 6.28%
Absolute Growth: 1,652
10. De Soto
Population: 5,888 Population 2010: 5,553
Growth Rate: 6.03%
Absolute Growth: 335
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Kansas are led by Junction City 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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