These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Kentucky For 2018


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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, 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:

  1. Wilmore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Mount Washington (Homes For Sale)
  3. Vine Grove (Homes For Sale)
  4. Campbellsville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Hazard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Georgetown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Independence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Paris (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Union (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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 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]

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

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1. Wilmore

Wilmore, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

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: 5,680
Population 2010: 4,310
Growth Rate: 31.79%
Absolute Growth: 1,370
More on Vine Grove: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Campbellsville

Campbellsville, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

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.

5. Hazard

Hazard, Kentucky

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.

6. Georgetown

Georgetown, Kentucky

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.

7. Independence

Independence, Kentucky

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.

8. Paris

Paris, Kentucky

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.

9. Union

Union, Kentucky

Source: Public domain

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.

10. Bardstown

Bardstown, Kentucky

Source: Wikipedia

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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Kentucky

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Wilmore 1 6,181 3,740 2,441 65.3%
Mount Washington 2 14,088 9,049 5,039 55.7%
Vine Grove 3 5,680 4,310 1,370 31.8%
Campbellsville 4 11,329 9,376 1,953 20.8%
Hazard 5 5,383 4,534 849 18.7%
Georgetown 6 31,708 27,268 4,440 16.3%
Independence 7 26,317 22,975 3,342 14.5%
Paris 8 9,836 8,611 1,225 14.2%
Union 9 5,677 5,018 659 13.1%
Bardstown 10 13,026 11,552 1,474 12.8%
Cold Spring 11 6,168 5,495 673 12.2%
Shelbyville 12 15,039 13,403 1,636 12.2%
Middletown 13 7,773 6,953 820 11.8%
Bowling Green 14 62,824 56,407 6,417 11.4%
Elizabethtown 15 29,835 26,822 3,013 11.2%
Berea 16 14,667 13,255 1,412 10.7%
Shepherdsville 17 11,869 10,813 1,056 9.8%
La Grange 18 8,481 7,761 720 9.3%
Morehead 19 7,615 6,981 634 9.1%
Nicholasville 20 29,249 26,861 2,388 8.9%
Lawrenceburg 21 11,081 10,207 874 8.6%
Florence 22 31,735 29,242 2,493 8.5%
Radcliff 23 22,806 21,039 1,767 8.4%
Richmond 24 33,583 30,983 2,600 8.4%
Lexington 25 311,529 288,045 23,484 8.2%
Murray 26 18,726 17,366 1,360 7.8%
Hillview 27 8,688 8,062 626 7.8%
Versailles 28 9,091 8,438 653 7.7%
Frankfort 29 27,598 25,682 1,916 7.5%
Pikeville 30 7,266 6,824 442 6.5%
Alexandria 31 8,878 8,376 502 6.0%
Mount Sterling 32 7,136 6,759 377 5.6%
Hopkinsville 33 32,442 30,862 1,580 5.1%
Lyndon 34 11,310 10,786 524 4.9%
Highland Heights 35 7,136 6,809 327 4.8%
Erlanger 36 18,565 17,797 768 4.3%
Louisville 37 611,573 586,994 24,579 4.2%
Franklin 38 8,706 8,368 338 4.0%
Owensboro 39 58,685 56,541 2,144 3.8%
Danville 40 16,645 16,054 591 3.7%
Jeffersontown 41 27,395 26,460 935 3.5%
Douglass Hills 42 5,645 5,463 182 3.3%
St. Matthews 43 17,930 17,365 565 3.3%
Shively 44 15,625 15,142 483 3.2%
Leitchfield 45 6,850 6,640 210 3.2%
Glasgow 46 14,338 13,924 414 3.0%
Oak Grove 47 7,487 7,283 204 2.8%
London 48 8,111 7,929 182 2.3%
Somerset 49 11,415 11,172 243 2.2%
Winchester 50 18,395 18,132 263 1.5%
Henderson 51 28,870 28,464 406 1.4%
Harrodsburg 52 8,409 8,320 89 1.1%
Lebanon 53 5,604 5,546 58 1.0%
Elsmere 54 8,488 8,412 76 0.9%
Taylor Mill 55 6,719 6,662 57 0.9%
Fort Thomas 56 16,317 16,182 135 0.8%
Fort Mitchell 57 8,245 8,177 68 0.8%
Fort Wright 58 5,732 5,704 28 0.5%
Mayfield 59 10,078 10,033 45 0.4%
Madisonville 60 19,615 19,558 57 0.3%
Edgewood 61 8,703 8,698 5 0.1%
Dayton 62 5,385 5,390 -5 -0.1%
Williamsburg 63 5,263 5,268 -5 -0.1%
Russellville 64 6,998 7,015 -17 -0.2%
Paducah 65 25,010 25,114 -104 -0.4%
Corbin 66 7,306 7,342 -36 -0.5%
Newport 67 15,321 15,404 -83 -0.5%
Covington 68 40,766 41,055 -289 -0.7%
Flatwoods 69 7,358 7,420 -62 -0.8%
Monticello 70 6,116 6,176 -60 -1.0%
Cynthiana 71 6,376 6,457 -81 -1.3%
Maysville 72 8,883 9,004 -121 -1.3%
Ashland 73 21,294 21,613 -319 -1.5%
Central City 74 5,895 5,984 -89 -1.5%
Princeton 75 6,215 6,331 -116 -1.8%
Bellevue 76 5,879 6,006 -127 -2.1%
Villa Hills 77 7,404 7,565 -161 -2.1%
Middlesborough 78 9,842 10,405 -563 -5.4%

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