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:
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 Maine are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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 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 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 7,804 Population 2010: 7,555
Growth Rate: 3.3%
Absolute Growth: 249
Population: 17,662 Population 2010: 17,314
Growth Rate: 2.01%
Absolute Growth: 348
Population: 18,757 Population 2010: 18,398
Growth Rate: 1.95%
Absolute Growth: 359
4. South Portland
Population: 25,154 Population 2010: 24,804
Growth Rate: 1.41%
Absolute Growth: 350
Population: 15,886 Population 2010: 15,777
Growth Rate: 0.69%
Absolute Growth: 109
Population: 66,317 Population 2010: 66,138
Growth Rate: 0.27%
Absolute Growth: 179
Population: 32,800 Population 2010: 32,899
Growth Rate: -0.3%
Absolute Growth: -99
Population: 6,664 Population 2010: 6,691
Growth Rate: -0.4%
Absolute Growth: -27
Population: 9,391 Population 2010: 9,433
Growth Rate: -0.45%
Absolute Growth: -42
Population: 36,410 Population 2010: 36,684
Growth Rate: -0.75%
Absolute Growth: -274
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Maine are led by Ellsworth 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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Maine