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 Portland and Lewiston, while others want peace and quiet like in Gardiner and Belfast, 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 Maine 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 Pine Tree State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Maine for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Ellsworth (Photos)
- Westbrook (Photos)
- Saco (Photos)
- South Portland (Photos)
- Waterville (Photos)
- Portland (Photos)
- Belfast (Photos)
- Lewiston (Photos)
- Bangor (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Ellsworth, 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 Maine 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 Pine Tree 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 19 Maine 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 Pine Tree 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: 7,879 Population 2010: 7,555
Growth Rate: 4.29%
Absolute Growth: 324
Population: 17,969 Population 2010: 17,314
Growth Rate: 3.78%
Absolute Growth: 655
Population: 19,008 Population 2010: 18,398
Growth Rate: 3.32%
Absolute Growth: 610
4. South Portland
Population: 25,397 Population 2010: 24,804
Growth Rate: 2.39%
Absolute Growth: 593
Population: 16,134 Population 2010: 15,777
Growth Rate: 2.26%
Absolute Growth: 357
Population: 66,649 Population 2010: 66,138
Growth Rate: 0.77%
Absolute Growth: 511
Population: 21,341 Population 2010: 21,490
Growth Rate: -0.69%
Absolute Growth: -149
Population: 6,641 Population 2010: 6,691
Growth Rate: -0.75%
Absolute Growth: -50
Population: 36,277 Population 2010: 36,684
Growth Rate: -1.11%
Absolute Growth: -407
Population: 32,491 Population 2010: 32,899
Growth Rate: -1.24%
Absolute Growth: -408
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Maine are led by Ellsworth 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 Maine