These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Kansas For 2018


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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:

  1. Basehor (Homes For Sale)
  2. Junction City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Spring Hill (Homes For Sale)
  4. Gardner (Homes For Sale)
  5. Derby (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Andover (Homes For Sale)
  7. Manhattan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Haysville (Homes For Sale)
  9. Olathe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Kansas or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Kansas with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in kansas

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1. Basehor


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

Junction City, Kansas

Source: Public domain

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.

4. Gardner


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.

5. Derby

Derby, Kansas

Source: Public domain

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.

6. Andover

Andover, Kansas

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.

7. Manhattan

Manhattan, Kansas

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.

8. Haysville


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”.

9. Olathe

Olathe, 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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Kansas

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Basehor 1 5,167 4,192 975 23.3%
Junction City 2 25,016 20,742 4,274 20.6%
Spring Hill 3 5,863 4,948 915 18.5%
Gardner 4 20,667 17,541 3,126 17.8%
Derby 5 23,847 20,909 2,938 14.1%
Andover 6 12,477 10,993 1,484 13.5%
Manhattan 7 55,909 50,606 5,303 10.5%
Haysville 8 11,393 10,345 1,048 10.1%
Olathe 9 132,787 120,774 12,013 9.9%
Bel Aire 10 7,214 6,583 631 9.6%
Lenexa 11 51,206 47,089 4,117 8.7%
Leawood 12 33,763 31,322 2,441 7.8%
Overland Park 13 183,775 170,515 13,260 7.8%
De Soto 14 5,982 5,553 429 7.7%
Shawnee 15 64,444 60,066 4,378 7.3%
Lawrence 16 92,611 86,426 6,185 7.2%
Lansing 17 11,706 10,961 745 6.8%
Bonner Springs 18 7,567 7,112 455 6.4%
Dodge City 19 27,875 26,298 1,577 6.0%
Hays 20 21,073 20,259 814 4.0%
Kansas City 21 149,755 144,025 5,730 4.0%
Wichita 22 388,033 373,725 14,308 3.8%
Colby 23 5,460 5,267 193 3.7%
Garden City 24 26,916 26,050 866 3.3%
Park City 25 7,273 7,044 229 3.3%
Leavenworth 26 35,948 35,174 774 2.2%
Liberal 27 20,709 20,308 401 2.0%
Newton 28 19,103 18,769 334 1.8%
Pittsburg 29 20,399 20,060 339 1.7%
Merriam 30 11,248 11,107 141 1.3%
Augusta 31 9,262 9,149 113 1.2%
Salina 32 47,676 47,132 544 1.2%
Paola 33 5,583 5,523 60 1.1%
Topeka 34 127,472 126,136 1,336 1.1%
Eudora 35 6,116 6,063 53 0.9%
Chanute 36 9,216 9,141 75 0.8%
El Dorado 37 13,102 13,004 98 0.8%
Pratt 38 6,879 6,836 43 0.6%
Prairie Village 39 21,824 21,727 97 0.4%
Winfield 40 12,283 12,270 13 0.1%
Great Bend 41 15,741 15,726 15 0.1%
Mission 42 9,490 9,484 6 0.1%
Hutchinson 43 41,661 41,725 -64 -0.2%
Mcpherson 44 13,212 13,263 -51 -0.4%
Arkansas City 45 12,198 12,296 -98 -0.8%
Roeland Park 46 6,816 6,875 -59 -0.9%
Ottawa 47 12,433 12,552 -119 -0.9%
Atchison 48 10,798 10,949 -151 -1.4%
Concordia 49 5,273 5,379 -106 -2.0%
Ulysses 50 5,768 5,902 -134 -2.3%
Abilene 51 6,598 6,785 -187 -2.8%
Wellington 52 7,950 8,186 -236 -2.9%
Fort Scott 53 7,852 8,125 -273 -3.4%
Iola 54 5,560 5,790 -230 -4.0%
Independence 55 9,084 9,505 -421 -4.4%
Emporia 56 24,707 25,945 -1,238 -4.8%
Valley Center 57 6,420 6,748 -328 -4.9%
Parsons 58 10,111 10,661 -550 -5.2%
Coffeyville 59 9,796 10,380 -584 -5.6%
Mulvane 60 5,461 6,291 -830 -13.2%

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