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 Kingsford, 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 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- New Baltimore (Photos)
- Novi (Photos)
- Auburn Hills (Photos)
- Chelsea (Photos)
- South Lyon (Photos)
- Rochester (Photos)
- East Grand Rapids (Photos)
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.
Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Wolverine 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 148 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:
[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 6,044 Population 2010: 5,538
Growth Rate: 9.14%
Absolute Growth: 506
2. New Baltimore
Population: 12,266 Population 2010: 11,327
Growth Rate: 8.29%
Absolute Growth: 939
Population: 58,233 Population 2010: 53,823
Growth Rate: 8.19%
Absolute Growth: 4,410
4. Auburn Hills
Population: 22,342 Population 2010: 21,162
Growth Rate: 5.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,180
Population: 5,140 Population 2010: 4,875
Growth Rate: 5.44%
Absolute Growth: 265
6. South Lyon
Population: 11,672 Population 2010: 11,072
Growth Rate: 5.42%
Absolute Growth: 600
Population: 12,969 Population 2010: 12,312
Growth Rate: 5.34%
Absolute Growth: 657
8. East Grand Rapids
Population: 11,297 Population 2010: 10,734
Growth Rate: 5.25%
Absolute Growth: 563
Population: 50,761 Population 2010: 48,242
Growth Rate: 5.22%
Absolute Growth: 2,519
Population: 24,458 Population 2010: 23,290
Growth Rate: 5.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,168
These Places Grew Up So Fast, 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!
For more Michigan reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Michigan
- A Hilarious Look At The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Michigan
- These Guys Took Over 10000 Pictures And If You’re From Michigan You HAVE To See The End Result
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Michigan
|East Grand Rapids||8|
|St. Clair Shores||79|
|Sault Ste. Marie||107|
|Grosse Pointe Farms||109|
|Grosse Pointe Woods||120|
|Grosse Pointe Park||126|