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 Boston and Worcester, while others want peace and quiet like in Palmer Town and North Adams, 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 Massachusetts 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 Bay State that have people climbing over each other to get in:
- Franklin Town
- Watertown Town
- Braintree Town
- Winthrop Town
- Methuen Town
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 Massachusetts are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Bay 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 53 Massachusetts 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 Bay 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: 37,084 Population 2010: 34,532
Growth Rate: 7.39%
Absolute Growth: 2,552
Population: 53,258 Population 2010: 50,008
Growth Rate: 6.5%
Absolute Growth: 3,250
Population: 639,594 Population 2010: 602,609
Growth Rate: 6.14%
Absolute Growth: 36,985
Population: 42,758 Population 2010: 40,560
Growth Rate: 5.42%
Absolute Growth: 2,198
5. Franklin Town
Population: 32,393 Population 2010: 31,023
Growth Rate: 4.42%
Absolute Growth: 1,370
6. Watertown Town
Population: 32,880 Population 2010: 31,591
Growth Rate: 4.08%
Absolute Growth: 1,289
7. Braintree Town
Population: 36,543 Population 2010: 35,122
Growth Rate: 4.05%
Absolute Growth: 1,421
8. Winthrop Town
Population: 17,992 Population 2010: 17,311
Growth Rate: 3.93%
Absolute Growth: 681
Population: 39,141 Population 2010: 37,674
Growth Rate: 3.89%
Absolute Growth: 1,467
10. Methuen Town
Population: 48,159 Population 2010: 46,393
Growth Rate: 3.81%
Absolute Growth: 1,766
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Massachusetts are led by Chelsea 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 Massachusetts
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