These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Michigan For 2018


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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 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:

  1. Rockford (Homes For Sale)
  2. New Baltimore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Novi (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Auburn Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Chelsea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. South Lyon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Rochester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. East Grand Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Kentwood (Homes For Sale)
  10. Walker (Homes For Sale)

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.

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]

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

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1. Rockford


Population: 6,044
Population 2010: 5,538
Growth Rate: 9.14%
Absolute Growth: 506
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.

2. New Baltimore

New Baltimore, Michigan

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,266
Population 2010: 11,327
Growth Rate: 8.29%
Absolute Growth: 939
More on New Baltimore: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

3. Novi

Novi, Michigan

Population: 58,233
Population 2010: 53,823
Growth Rate: 8.19%
Absolute Growth: 4,410
More on Novi: Homes For Sale | Data
Novi (/nova/ NOH-vy) 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 (40 km) northwest of the center of Detroit, and about 8 miles (13 km) west of the western border of Detroit. It is about 25 miles (40 km) 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.

4. Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills, Michigan

Population: 22,342
Population 2010: 21,162
Growth Rate: 5.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,180
More on Auburn Hills: Homes For Sale | Data
Auburn Hills (formerly Pontiac Township) 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 (former home of the Detroit Pistons), and Oakland University.

5. Chelsea

Chelsea, Michigan

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,140
Population 2010: 4,875
Growth Rate: 5.44%
Absolute Growth: 265
More on Chelsea: Homes For Sale | Data

6. South Lyon

South Lyon, Michigan

Population: 11,672
Population 2010: 11,072
Growth Rate: 5.42%
Absolute Growth: 600
More on South Lyon: Homes For Sale | Data
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 (31 km) north of Ann Arbor, 45 miles (72 km) west of Detroit and 58 miles (93 km) east of Lansing.

7. Rochester

Rochester, Michigan

Population: 12,969
Population 2010: 12,312
Growth Rate: 5.34%
Absolute Growth: 657
More on Rochester: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

8. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Population: 11,297
Population 2010: 10,734
Growth Rate: 5.25%
Absolute Growth: 563
More on East Grand Rapids: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Kentwood


Population: 50,761
Population 2010: 48,242
Growth Rate: 5.22%
Absolute Growth: 2,519
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.

10. Walker


Population: 24,458
Population 2010: 23,290
Growth Rate: 5.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,168
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.

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:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Michigan

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Rockford 6,044 5,538 506 9.1%
2 New Baltimore 12,266 11,327 939 8.3%
3 Novi 58,233 53,823 4,410 8.2%
4 Auburn Hills 22,342 21,162 1,180 5.6%
5 Chelsea 5,140 4,875 265 5.4%
6 South Lyon 11,672 11,072 600 5.4%
7 Rochester 12,969 12,312 657 5.3%
8 East Grand Rapids 11,297 10,734 563 5.2%
9 Kentwood 50,761 48,242 2,519 5.2%
10 Walker 24,458 23,290 1,168 5.0%
11 Houghton 7,924 7,573 351 4.6%
12 Milan 5,917 5,668 249 4.4%
13 Portage 47,854 45,916 1,938 4.2%
14 Traverse City 15,392 14,772 620 4.2%
15 Wyoming 74,692 71,816 2,876 4.0%
16 Milford 6,434 6,193 241 3.9%
17 Saline 9,082 8,744 338 3.9%
18 Richmond 5,844 5,630 214 3.8%
19 Birmingham 20,653 19,962 691 3.5%
20 Rochester Hills 72,987 70,606 2,381 3.4%
21 Mason 8,334 8,074 260 3.2%
22 Ann Arbor 118,087 115,204 2,883 2.5%
23 Troy 82,982 80,987 1,995 2.5%
24 Walled Lake 7,102 6,941 161 2.3%
25 Kalamazoo 75,885 74,318 1,567 2.1%
26 Wixom 13,733 13,456 277 2.1%
27 Grand Haven 10,853 10,640 213 2.0%
28 Huntington Woods 6,330 6,209 121 1.9%
29 Ypsilanti 20,577 20,191 386 1.9%
30 Royal Oak 58,823 57,741 1,082 1.9%
31 Grand Rapids 193,887 190,441 3,446 1.8%
32 Flat Rock 9,836 9,666 170 1.8%
33 Beverly Hills 10,450 10,284 166 1.6%
34 Grandville 15,842 15,598 244 1.6%
35 Sterling Heights 131,674 129,687 1,987 1.5%
36 Farmington 10,526 10,380 146 1.4%
37 Hudsonville 7,278 7,181 97 1.4%
38 Allegan 5,051 4,986 65 1.3%
39 Farmington Hills 81,154 80,191 963 1.2%
40 Berkley 15,239 15,063 176 1.2%
41 Holly 6,171 6,105 66 1.1%
42 Norton Shores 24,091 23,916 175 0.7%
43 Madison Heights 30,168 29,954 214 0.7%
44 Brighton 7,550 7,500 50 0.7%
45 St. Johns 7,951 7,920 31 0.4%
46 East Lansing 48,395 48,220 175 0.4%
47 Midland 42,063 41,961 102 0.2%
48 Marquette 21,282 21,247 35 0.2%
49 Southfield 73,055 72,949 106 0.1%
50 Ishpeming 6,509 6,501 8 0.1%
51 Clawson 12,008 11,995 13 0.1%
52 Cadillac 10,380 10,384 -4 -0.0%
53 Zeeland 5,595 5,610 -15 -0.3%
54 Holland 33,581 33,708 -127 -0.4%
55 Roseville 47,606 47,830 -224 -0.5%
56 Oak Park 29,751 29,892 -141 -0.5%
57 Greenville 8,429 8,470 -41 -0.5%
58 Warren 135,069 135,791 -722 -0.5%
59 Ferndale 20,167 20,286 -119 -0.6%
60 Center Line 8,313 8,374 -61 -0.7%
61 Grand Ledge 7,794 7,852 -58 -0.7%
62 Lansing 114,773 115,634 -861 -0.7%
63 Three Rivers 7,743 7,802 -59 -0.8%
64 Fraser 14,620 14,739 -119 -0.8%
65 Mount Pleasant 25,896 26,119 -223 -0.9%
66 Eastpointe 32,648 32,944 -296 -0.9%
67 Charlotte 9,043 9,126 -83 -0.9%
68 Springfield 5,218 5,267 -49 -0.9%
69 St. Joseph 8,307 8,394 -87 -1.0%
70 St. Louis 7,302 7,382 -80 -1.1%
71 Petoskey 5,731 5,795 -64 -1.1%
72 Hastings 7,312 7,395 -83 -1.1%
73 Dowagiac 5,863 5,930 -67 -1.1%
74 Eaton Rapids 5,212 5,275 -63 -1.2%
75 Northville 5,986 6,063 -77 -1.3%
76 Coldwater 10,834 10,979 -145 -1.3%
77 Mount Clemens 16,390 16,616 -226 -1.4%
78 Ludington 8,051 8,166 -115 -1.4%
79 St. Clair Shores 59,916 60,776 -860 -1.4%
80 Marshall 7,046 7,160 -114 -1.6%
81 Sturgis 10,921 11,104 -183 -1.6%
82 Swartz Creek 5,617 5,712 -95 -1.7%
83 Belding 5,766 5,864 -98 -1.7%
84 Hazel Park 16,587 16,876 -289 -1.7%
85 Alma 9,222 9,384 -162 -1.7%
86 Pontiac 59,920 60,982 -1,062 -1.7%
87 Romulus 23,457 23,874 -417 -1.7%
88 Fenton 11,471 11,675 -204 -1.7%
89 Hillsdale 8,203 8,352 -149 -1.8%
90 Howell 9,507 9,685 -178 -1.8%
91 Big Rapids 10,495 10,696 -201 -1.9%
92 Battle Creek 51,763 52,762 -999 -1.9%
93 Plymouth 8,956 9,136 -180 -2.0%
94 Woodhaven 12,590 12,862 -272 -2.1%
95 Escanaba 12,455 12,735 -280 -2.2%
96 Niles 11,379 11,655 -276 -2.4%
97 Muskegon 38,086 39,023 -937 -2.4%
98 Benton Harbor 9,988 10,256 -268 -2.6%
99 Southgate 29,355 30,160 -805 -2.7%
100 Hamtramck 21,985 22,594 -609 -2.7%

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