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)
- Mount Washington
- Vine Grove
- Campbellsville (Photos)
- Hazard (Photos)
- Georgetown (Photos)
- Independence (Photos)
- Paris (Photos)
- Union (Photos)
- Bardstown (Photos)
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.
Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.
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
2. Mount Washington
Population: 14,088 Population 2010: 9,049
Growth Rate: 55.69%
Absolute Growth: 5,039
3. Vine Grove
Population: 5,680 Population 2010: 4,310
Growth Rate: 31.79%
Absolute Growth: 1,370
Population: 11,329 Population 2010: 9,376
Growth Rate: 20.83%
Absolute Growth: 1,953
Population: 5,383 Population 2010: 4,534
Growth Rate: 18.73%
Absolute Growth: 849
Population: 31,708 Population 2010: 27,268
Growth Rate: 16.28%
Absolute Growth: 4,440
Population: 26,317 Population 2010: 22,975
Growth Rate: 14.55%
Absolute Growth: 3,342
Population: 9,836 Population 2010: 8,611
Growth Rate: 14.23%
Absolute Growth: 1,225
Population: 5,677 Population 2010: 5,018
Growth Rate: 13.13%
Absolute Growth: 659
Population: 13,026 Population 2010: 11,552
Growth Rate: 12.76%
Absolute Growth: 1,474
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!
For more Kentucky reading , check out:
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Kentucky