These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Michigan For 2019

We used data and science to determine the places in Michigan everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Michigan.

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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 Detroit and Grand Rapids, while others want peace and quiet like in Allegan and Frankenmuth, 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 Michigan 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 Wolverine State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Michigan for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

If you happen to be a resident of Rockford, 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 Michigan are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Michigan or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Michigan state reading:

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Wolverine State for 2019

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 149 Michigan 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 Wolverine State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Michigan with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Michigan Graph For 2019

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Population: 6,132
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,538
Percent Growth 10.7%
Absolute Growth: 594
More on Rockford: Homes For Sale | Data

Rockford is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,719. It is on the Rogue River and is only 14 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Novi, MI

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Population: 58,835
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 53,823
Percent Growth 9.3%
Absolute Growth: 5,012
More on Novi: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Novi is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 55,224, an increase over the 2000 census count of 47,386. The city is located approximately 25 miles northwest of the center of Detroit, and about 8 miles west of the western border of Detroit. It is about 25 miles northeast of the center of Ann Arbor. The city is located within the boundaries of the survey township of Novi Township. The remaining unincorporated township is only a tiny fraction surrounded by the city.

New Baltimore, MI

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Population: 12,315
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 11,327
Percent Growth 8.7%
Absolute Growth: 988
More on New Baltimore: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

New Baltimore is a city and a historic, coastal resort community in Macomb County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 12,084 at the 2010 census. New Baltimore is in Metropolitan Detroit.

East Grand Rapids, MI

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Population: 11,493
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Population 2010: 10,734
Percent Growth 7.1%
Absolute Growth: 759
More on East Grand Rapids: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

East Grand Rapids is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The city is located in the Grand Rapids metropolitan area and is located on the shores of Reeds Lake. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,694.

Auburn Hills, MI

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Population: 22,644
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 21,162
Percent Growth 7.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,482
More on Auburn Hills: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Auburn Hills is a city in Oakland County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 21,412 at the 2010 census. It is home to the world headquarters of Chrysler, The Palace of Auburn Hills, and Oakland University.

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Population: 51,154
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 48,242
Percent Growth 6.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,912
More on Kentwood: Homes For Sale | Data

Kentwood is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 48,707 at the 2010 census.

Chelsea, MI

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Population: 5,169
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 4,875
Percent Growth 6.0%
Absolute Growth: 294
More on Chelsea: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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Population: 24,618
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 23,290
Percent Growth 5.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,328
More on Walker: Homes For Sale | Data

Walker is a city in Kent County in the U.S. state of Michigan and a suburb of Grand Rapids. The population was 23,537 at the 2010 census.

South Lyon, MI

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Population: 11,695
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Population 2010: 11,072
Percent Growth 5.6%
Absolute Growth: 623
More on South Lyon: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

South Lyon is a city in Southwestern Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan, in Metro Detroit. The population was 11,327 at the 2010 census. The city is part of the South Lyon-Howell-Brighton Urban Area, which had a population of 106,139 according to the 2000 census. South Lyon is located in Oakland County’s Lyon Township, near the Livingston County and Washtenaw County lines. The city is 19 miles north of Ann Arbor, 45 miles west of Detroit and 58 miles east of Lansing.

Rochester, MI

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Population: 12,987
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Population 2010: 12,312
Percent Growth 5.5%
Absolute Growth: 675
More on Rochester: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Rochester is a city on the north side of the Detroit Metropolitan Area, in Oakland County, in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 12,711 at the 2010 census.

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Michigan, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Michigan are led by Rockford 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Highland Park
  2. Detroit
  3. Flint

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Michigan For 2019

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Rockford 10.7% 6,132 5,538
2 Novi 9.3% 58,835 53,823
3 New Baltimore 8.7% 12,315 11,327
4 East Grand Rapids 7.1% 11,493 10,734
5 Auburn Hills 7.0% 22,644 21,162
6 Kentwood 6.0% 51,154 48,242
7 Chelsea 6.0% 5,169 4,875
8 Walker 5.7% 24,618 23,290
9 South Lyon 5.6% 11,695 11,072
10 Rochester 5.5% 12,987 12,312

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

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