These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Kansas


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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 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:

  1. Junction City
  2. Gardner
  3. Spring Hill
  4. Derby
  5. Andover
  6. Manhattan
  7. Haysville
  8. Olathe
  9. Dodge City
  10. De Soto

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.

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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 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]

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1. Junction City

Junction City, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,691
Population 2010: 20,742
Growth Rate: 19.04%
Absolute Growth: 3,949

2. Gardner

Gardner, Kansas

Source: Flickr

Population: 20,128
Population 2010: 17,541
Growth Rate: 14.75%
Absolute Growth: 2,587

3. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Kansas

Source: Http://Www.Springhillks.Com/Index.Aspx?Nid=487

Population: 5,618
Population 2010: 4,948
Growth Rate: 13.54%
Absolute Growth: 670

4. Derby


Population 2014: 23,419
Population 2010: 20,909
Growth Rate: 12.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,510

5. Andover


Population 2014: 12,113
Population 2010: 10,993
Growth Rate: 10.19%
Absolute Growth: 1,120

6. Manhattan

Manhattan, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,112
Population 2010: 50,606
Growth Rate: 8.9%
Absolute Growth: 4,506

7. Haysville


Population 2014: 11,235
Population 2010: 10,345
Growth Rate: 8.6%
Absolute Growth: 890

8. Olathe

Olathe, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 129,913
Population 2010: 120,774
Growth Rate: 7.57%
Absolute Growth: 9,139

9. Dodge City

Dodge City, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,950
Population 2010: 26,298
Growth Rate: 6.28%
Absolute Growth: 1,652

10. De Soto

De Soto, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Kansas

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Junction City 1 24,691 20,742 3,949 19.0%
Gardner 2 20,128 17,541 2,587 14.7%
Spring Hill 3 5,618 4,948 670 13.5%
Derby 4 23,419 20,909 2,510 12.0%
Andover 5 12,113 10,993 1,120 10.2%
Manhattan 6 55,112 50,606 4,506 8.9%
Haysville 7 11,235 10,345 890 8.6%
Olathe 8 129,913 120,774 9,139 7.6%
Dodge City 9 27,950 26,298 1,652 6.3%
De Soto 10 5,888 5,553 335 6.0%
Shawnee 11 63,597 60,066 3,531 5.9%
Lenexa 12 49,573 47,089 2,484 5.3%
Lansing 13 11,535 10,961 574 5.2%
Bel Aire 14 6,923 6,583 340 5.2%
Overland Park 15 178,945 170,515 8,430 4.9%
Leawood 16 32,842 31,322 1,520 4.9%
Lawrence 17 90,194 86,426 3,768 4.4%
Bonner Springs 18 7,420 7,112 308 4.3%
Garden City 19 26,924 26,050 874 3.4%
Wichita 20 385,518 373,725 11,793 3.2%
Hays 21 20,886 20,259 627 3.1%
Colby 22 5,411 5,267 144 2.7%
Liberal 23 20,846 20,308 538 2.6%
Kansas City 24 147,598 144,025 3,573 2.5%
Park City 25 7,194 7,044 150 2.1%
Newton 26 19,144 18,769 375 2.0%
Ulysses 27 6,010 5,902 108 1.8%
Salina 28 47,894 47,132 762 1.6%
Leavenworth 29 35,738 35,174 564 1.6%
Eudora 30 6,152 6,063 89 1.5%
Pittsburg 31 20,336 20,060 276 1.4%
Great Bend 32 15,942 15,726 216 1.4%
Topeka 33 127,660 126,136 1,524 1.2%
Paola 34 5,589 5,523 66 1.2%
Augusta 35 9,239 9,149 90 1.0%
Pratt 36 6,889 6,836 53 0.8%
Merriam 37 11,191 11,107 84 0.8%
Chanute 38 9,194 9,141 53 0.6%
Hutchinson 39 41,946 41,725 221 0.5%
Winfield 40 12,324 12,270 54 0.4%
Arkansas City 41 12,316 12,296 20 0.2%
Prairie Village 42 21,730 21,727 3 0.0%
Ottawa 43 12,548 12,552 -4 -0.0%
Atchison 44 10,920 10,949 -29 -0.3%
Mission 45 9,451 9,484 -33 -0.3%
Mcpherson 46 13,205 13,263 -58 -0.4%
El Dorado 47 12,931 13,004 -73 -0.6%
Abilene 48 6,729 6,785 -56 -0.8%
Concordia 49 5,327 5,379 -52 -1.0%
Roeland Park 50 6,799 6,875 -76 -1.1%
Wellington 51 8,028 8,186 -158 -1.9%
Fort Scott 52 7,957 8,125 -168 -2.1%
Independence 53 9,282 9,505 -223 -2.3%
Iola 54 5,650 5,790 -140 -2.4%
Parsons 55 10,307 10,661 -354 -3.3%
Coffeyville 56 10,034 10,380 -346 -3.3%
Valley Center 57 6,449 6,748 -299 -4.4%
Emporia 58 24,787 25,945 -1,158 -4.5%
Mulvane 59 6,000 6,291 -291 -4.6%

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