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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Massachusetts for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Chelsea (Photos)
- Everett (Photos)
- Boston (Photos)
- Watertown Town (Photos)
- Revere (Photos)
- Franklin Town (Photos)
- Methuen Town
- Somerville (Photos)
- Braintree Town (Photos)
- Lawrence (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Chelsea, 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 Massachusetts are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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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 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 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 38,244 Population 2010: 34,532
Growth Rate: 10.75%
Absolute Growth: 3,712
Population: 44,636 Population 2010: 40,560
Growth Rate: 10.05%
Absolute Growth: 4,076
Population: 658,279 Population 2010: 602,609
Growth Rate: 9.24%
Absolute Growth: 55,670
4. Watertown Town
Population: 33,849 Population 2010: 31,591
Growth Rate: 7.15%
Absolute Growth: 2,258
Population: 53,165 Population 2010: 50,008
Growth Rate: 6.31%
Absolute Growth: 3,157
6. Franklin Town
Population: 32,873 Population 2010: 31,023
Growth Rate: 5.96%
Absolute Growth: 1,850
7. Methuen Town
Population: 49,043 Population 2010: 46,393
Growth Rate: 5.71%
Absolute Growth: 2,650
Population: 79,507 Population 2010: 75,215
Growth Rate: 5.71%
Absolute Growth: 4,292
9. Braintree Town
Population: 37,066 Population 2010: 35,122
Growth Rate: 5.53%
Absolute Growth: 1,944
Population: 79,337 Population 2010: 75,177
Growth Rate: 5.53%
Absolute Growth: 4,160
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Massachusetts are led by Chelsea 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 Massachusetts
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