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, while others want peace and quiet like in Williamsburg and Hazard, 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 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Wilmore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mount Washington (Homes For Sale)
- Vine Grove (Homes For Sale)
- Campbellsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Hazard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Georgetown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Independence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Paris (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Union (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bardstown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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 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 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 6,181 Population 2010: 3,740
Growth Rate: 65.27%
Absolute Growth: 2,441
More on Wilmore: Homes For Sale | Data
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 (6.7 km2), all of it land.
2. Mount Washington
Population: 14,088 Population 2010: 9,049
Growth Rate: 55.69%
Absolute Growth: 5,039
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.
3. Vine Grove
Population: 11,329 Population 2010: 9,376
Growth Rate: 20.83%
Absolute Growth: 1,953
More on Campbellsville: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 5,383 Population 2010: 4,534
Growth Rate: 18.73%
Absolute Growth: 849
More on Hazard: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 31,708 Population 2010: 27,268
Growth Rate: 16.28%
Absolute Growth: 4,440
More on Georgetown: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 26,317 Population 2010: 22,975
Growth Rate: 14.55%
Absolute Growth: 3,342
More on Independence: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 9,836 Population 2010: 8,611
Growth Rate: 14.23%
Absolute Growth: 1,225
More on Paris: Homes For Sale | Data
Paris is a home rule-class city in Bourbon County, Kentucky, in the United States. It lies 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Lexington on the Stoner Fork of the Licking River. It is the seat of its county and forms part of the Lexington–Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 8,553.
Population: 5,677 Population 2010: 5,018
Growth Rate: 13.13%
Absolute Growth: 659
More on Union: Homes For Sale | Data
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[update]. The area was rural until mass residential growth in the 1990s and 2000s.
Population: 13,026 Population 2010: 11,552
Growth Rate: 12.76%
Absolute Growth: 1,474
More on Bardstown: Homes For Sale | Data
Bardstown is a home rule-class city in Nelson County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was recorded as 11,700 by the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Nelson County. It is named for the pioneering Bard brothers. David Bard obtained a 1,000 acres (400 ha) land grant in 1785 in what was then Jefferson County, Virginia from Governor Patrick Henry. William Bard surveyed and platted the town. It was originally chartered as Baird’s Town.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, 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!
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