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 Basehor and Concordia, 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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Kansas for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Basehor (Homes For Sale)
- Junction City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Spring Hill (Homes For Sale)
- Gardner (Homes For Sale)
- Derby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Andover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Manhattan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Haysville (Homes For Sale)
- Olathe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bel Aire (Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Basehor, 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 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 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 60 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 5,167 Population 2010: 4,192
Growth Rate: 23.26%
Absolute Growth: 975
More on Basehor: Homes For Sale | Data
Basehor is a city in Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States and is a suburb of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 4,613.
2. Junction City
Population: 25,016 Population 2010: 20,742
Growth Rate: 20.61%
Absolute Growth: 4,274
More on Junction City: Homes For Sale | Data
Junction City is a city and county seat of Geary County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 23,353. Fort Riley, a major U.S. Army post, is nearby.
3. Spring Hill
Population: 5,863 Population 2010: 4,948
Growth Rate: 18.49%
Absolute Growth: 915
More on Spring Hill: Homes For Sale | Data
Spring Hill is a city in Johnson and Miami counties in the U.S. state of Kansas, and part of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,437.
Population: 20,667 Population 2010: 17,541
Growth Rate: 17.82%
Absolute Growth: 3,126
More on Gardner: Homes For Sale | Data
Gardner is a city in Johnson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 19,123.
Population: 23,847 Population 2010: 20,909
Growth Rate: 14.05%
Absolute Growth: 2,938
More on Derby: Homes For Sale | Data
Derby is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States and the largest suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 22,158.
Population: 12,477 Population 2010: 10,993
Growth Rate: 13.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,484
More on Andover: Homes For Sale | Data
Andover is a city in Butler County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 11,791.
Population: 55,909 Population 2010: 50,606
Growth Rate: 10.48%
Absolute Growth: 5,303
More on Manhattan: Homes For Sale | Data
Manhattan is a city in northeastern Kansas in the United States at the junction of the Kansas River and Big Blue River. It is the county seat of Riley County, although it extends into Pottawatomie County. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 52,281.
Population: 11,393 Population 2010: 10,345
Growth Rate: 10.13%
Absolute Growth: 1,048
More on Haysville: Homes For Sale | Data
Haysville is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,826. Haysville is known as the “Peach Capital of Kansas”.
Population: 132,787 Population 2010: 120,774
Growth Rate: 9.95%
Absolute Growth: 12,013
More on Olathe: Homes For Sale | Data
Olathe (/ole/ oh-LAY-th) is a city in, and is the county seat of, Johnson County, Kansas, United States. Located in northeastern Kansas, it is the fourth most populous city in Kansas, with a population of 125,872 persons as of 2010. Olathe is also the fourth-largest city in the Kansas City metropolitan area. It is bordered by the cities of Lenexa to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the northwest, and Gardner to the southwest.
10. Bel Aire
Population: 7,214 Population 2010: 6,583
Growth Rate: 9.59%
Absolute Growth: 631
More on Bel Aire: Homes For Sale | Data
Bel Aire is a city in Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States, and a suburb of Wichita. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 6,769.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Kansas are led by Basehor 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 Kansas reading, check out:
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Kansas
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Kansas
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Kansas
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Kansas