These Are The 10 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 Lexington-Fayette, while others want peace and quiet like in Williamsburg and Vine Grove, 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:

  1. Wilmore
  2. Mount Washington
  3. Vine Grove
  4. Hazard
  5. Campbellsville
  6. Paris
  7. Independence
  8. Georgetown
  9. Bardstown
  10. Union

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 Kentucky are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Bluegrass 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 78 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:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Wilmore

Wilmore, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,995
Population 2010: 3,740
Growth Rate: 60.29%
Absolute Growth: 2,255

2. Mount Washington


Population 2014: 11,956
Population 2010: 9,049
Growth Rate: 32.13%
Absolute Growth: 2,907

3. Vine Grove


Population 2014: 5,296
Population 2010: 4,310
Growth Rate: 22.88%
Absolute Growth: 986

4. Hazard

Hazard, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,453
Population 2010: 4,534
Growth Rate: 20.27%
Absolute Growth: 919

5. Campbellsville

Campbellsville, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,126
Population 2010: 9,376
Growth Rate: 18.66%
Absolute Growth: 1,750

6. Paris

Paris, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,746
Population 2010: 8,611
Growth Rate: 13.18%
Absolute Growth: 1,135

7. Independence

Independence, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,638
Population 2010: 22,975
Growth Rate: 11.59%
Absolute Growth: 2,663

8. Georgetown

Georgetown, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,349
Population 2010: 27,268
Growth Rate: 11.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,081

9. Bardstown

Bardstown, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,833
Population 2010: 11,552
Growth Rate: 11.09%
Absolute Growth: 1,281

10. Union

Union, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,569
Population 2010: 5,018
Growth Rate: 10.98%
Absolute Growth: 551

Adding It Up

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

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Wilmore 1 5,995 3,740 2,255 60.3%
Mount Washington 2 11,956 9,049 2,907 32.1%
Vine Grove 3 5,296 4,310 986 22.9%
Hazard 4 5,453 4,534 919 20.3%
Campbellsville 5 11,126 9,376 1,750 18.7%
Paris 6 9,746 8,611 1,135 13.2%
Independence 7 25,638 22,975 2,663 11.6%
Georgetown 8 30,349 27,268 3,081 11.3%
Bardstown 9 12,833 11,552 1,281 11.1%
Union 10 5,569 5,018 551 11.0%
Cold Spring 11 6,093 5,495 598 10.9%
Elizabethtown 12 29,464 26,822 2,642 9.9%
Radcliff 13 22,939 21,039 1,900 9.0%
Shelbyville 14 14,558 13,403 1,155 8.6%
Lawrenceburg 15 11,014 10,207 807 7.9%
Bowling Green 16 60,660 56,407 4,253 7.5%
Berea 17 14,209 13,255 954 7.2%
Pikeville 18 7,313 6,824 489 7.2%
Shepherdsville 19 11,573 10,813 760 7.0%
La Grange 20 8,283 7,761 522 6.7%
Frankfort 21 27,389 25,682 1,707 6.6%
Florence 22 31,038 29,242 1,796 6.1%
Nicholasville 23 28,483 26,861 1,622 6.0%
Murray 24 18,375 17,366 1,009 5.8%
Lexington-Fayette 25 304,473 288,045 16,428 5.7%
Versailles 26 8,908 8,438 470 5.6%
Richmond 27 32,706 30,983 1,723 5.6%
Middletown 28 7,333 6,953 380 5.5%
Hopkinsville 29 32,507 30,862 1,645 5.3%
Highland Heights 30 7,152 6,809 343 5.0%
Mount Sterling 31 7,030 6,759 271 4.0%
Lyndon 32 11,167 10,786 381 3.5%
Alexandria 33 8,654 8,376 278 3.3%
Oak Grove 34 7,522 7,283 239 3.3%
Erlanger 35 18,370 17,797 573 3.2%
Louisville 36 605,762 586,994 18,768 3.2%
Danville 37 16,471 16,054 417 2.6%
Owensboro 38 58,000 56,541 1,459 2.6%
Franklin 39 8,563 8,368 195 2.3%
Leitchfield 40 6,781 6,640 141 2.1%
Shively 41 15,450 15,142 308 2.0%
Douglass Hills 42 5,566 5,463 103 1.9%
St. Matthews 43 17,686 17,365 321 1.8%
London 44 8,062 7,929 133 1.7%
Glasgow 45 14,152 13,924 228 1.6%
Jeffersontown 46 26,862 26,460 402 1.5%
Henderson 47 28,840 28,464 376 1.3%
Winchester 48 18,363 18,132 231 1.3%
Madisonville 49 19,807 19,558 249 1.3%
Somerset 50 11,311 11,172 139 1.2%
Lebanon 51 5,594 5,546 48 0.9%
Flatwoods 52 7,483 7,420 63 0.8%
Mayfield 53 10,091 10,033 58 0.6%
Harrodsburg 54 8,359 8,320 39 0.5%
Elsmere 55 8,451 8,412 39 0.5%
Fort Thomas 56 16,250 16,182 68 0.4%
Newport 57 15,467 15,404 63 0.4%
Fort Mitchell 58 8,209 8,177 32 0.4%
Fort Wright 59 5,726 5,704 22 0.4%
Taylor Mill 60 6,682 6,662 20 0.3%
Dayton 61 5,382 5,390 -8 -0.1%
Williamsburg 62 5,260 5,268 -8 -0.2%
Monticello 63 6,163 6,176 -13 -0.2%
Russellville 64 6,998 7,015 -17 -0.2%
Paducah 65 25,046 25,114 -68 -0.3%
Ashland 66 21,551 21,613 -62 -0.3%
Edgewood 67 8,665 8,698 -33 -0.4%
Maysville 68 8,951 9,004 -53 -0.6%
Covington 69 40,712 41,055 -343 -0.8%
Central City 70 5,932 5,984 -52 -0.9%
Princeton 71 6,274 6,331 -57 -0.9%
Cynthiana 72 6,388 6,457 -69 -1.1%
Bellevue 73 5,933 6,006 -73 -1.2%
Morehead 74 6,896 6,981 -85 -1.2%
Villa Hills 75 7,359 7,565 -206 -2.7%
Hillview 76 7,785 8,062 -277 -3.4%
Middlesborough 77 10,035 10,405 -370 -3.6%
Corbin 78 7,051 7,342 -291 -4.0%

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