These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Kentucky For 2019


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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Kentucky.

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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 Louisville and Bowling Green, while others want peace and quiet like in Hazard and Williamsburg, 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 Kentucky 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 Bluegrass State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Kentucky for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

If you happen to be a resident of Wilmore, 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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Bluegrass State for 2019

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 77 Kentucky 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 Bluegrass State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Kentucky with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Kentucky Graph For 2019

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Wilmore, KY

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Population: 6,226
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,740
Percent Growth 66.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,486
More on Wilmore: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Wilmore is a home rule-class city in Jessamine County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,920 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.6 square miles, all of it land.

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Population: 14,285
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,049
Percent Growth 57.9%
Absolute Growth: 5,236
More on Mount Washington: Homes For Sale | Data

Mount Washington is a home rule-class city in northeast Bullitt County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 9,117 at the 2010 census. The city is one of several surrounding Louisville that have experienced a sharp rise in population in the past three decades, becoming a commuter town.

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Population: 5,793
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,310
Percent Growth 34.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,483
More on Vine Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

Campbellsville, KY

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Population: 11,364
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,376
Percent Growth 21.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,988
More on Campbellsville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Campbellsville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Taylor County, Kentucky, United States. The population within city limits was 10,604 at the 2010 U.S. census. It is the site of Campbellsville University, a private institution. On the border is Green River Lake, established for flood control and now the center of a popular park.

Georgetown, KY

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Population: 32,142
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 27,268
Percent Growth 17.9%
Absolute Growth: 4,874
More on Georgetown: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Georgetown is a home rule-class city in Scott County, Kentucky, in the United States. The 2016 population was 33,440 per the United States Census Bureau. It is the 7th-largest city by population in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is the seat of its county. It was originally called Lebanon when founded by Rev. Elijah Craig and was renamed in 1790 in honor of President George Washington. It is the home of Georgetown College, a private liberal arts college. Georgetown is part of the Lexington-Fayette, KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Independence, KY

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Population: 26,772
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 22,975
Percent Growth 16.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,797
More on Independence: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Independence is a home rule-class city in Kenton County, Kentucky, in the United States. It is one of its county’s two seats of government. Independence is a suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, and the population was 24,757 at the time of the 2010 U.S. census.

Hazard, KY

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Population: 5,250
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 4,534
Percent Growth 15.8%
Absolute Growth: 716
More on Hazard: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hazard is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Perry County, Kentucky, United States. The population was estimated to be 5,346 in 2014.

Union, KY

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Population: 5,751
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 5,018
Percent Growth 14.6%
Absolute Growth: 733
More on Union: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Union is a home rule-class city in Boone County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 5,379 as of the 2010 United States Census. The area was rural until mass residential growth in the 1990s and 2000s.

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Population: 6,283
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 5,495
Percent Growth 14.3%
Absolute Growth: 788
More on Cold Spring: Homes For Sale | Data

Cold Spring is a home rule-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 5,912 at the 2010 census, up from 3,806 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.

Shelbyville, KY

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Population: 15,318
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 13,403
Percent Growth 14.3%
Absolute Growth: 1,915
More on Shelbyville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Shelbyville is a home rule-class city in and the county seat of Shelby County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 14,045 at the 2010 census.

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Kentucky, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Kentucky are led by Wilmore 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Middlesborough
  2. Bellevue
  3. Ashland

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Kentucky For 2019

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Wilmore 66.5% 6,226 3,740
2 Mount Washington 57.9% 14,285 9,049
3 Vine Grove 34.4% 5,793 4,310
4 Campbellsville 21.2% 11,364 9,376
5 Georgetown 17.9% 32,142 27,268
6 Independence 16.5% 26,772 22,975
7 Hazard 15.8% 5,250 4,534
8 Union 14.6% 5,751 5,018
9 Cold Spring 14.3% 6,283 5,495
10 Shelbyville 14.3% 15,318 13,403

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