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:
- Mount Washington
- Vine Grove
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.
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]
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
Population: 5,453 Population 2010: 4,534
Growth Rate: 20.27%
Absolute Growth: 919
Population: 11,126 Population 2010: 9,376
Growth Rate: 18.66%
Absolute Growth: 1,750
Population: 9,746 Population 2010: 8,611
Growth Rate: 13.18%
Absolute Growth: 1,135
Population: 25,638 Population 2010: 22,975
Growth Rate: 11.59%
Absolute Growth: 2,663
Population: 30,349 Population 2010: 27,268
Growth Rate: 11.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,081
Population: 12,833 Population 2010: 11,552
Growth Rate: 11.09%
Absolute Growth: 1,281
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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