These Are The 10 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 Chelsea, 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:

  1. New Baltimore
  2. Rockford
  3. Novi
  4. Rochester
  5. Chelsea
  6. Houghton
  7. South Lyon
  8. Richmond
  9. Walker
  10. Kentwood

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 Michigan are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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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 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 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:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. New Baltimore

New Baltimore, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,144
Population 2010: 11,327
Growth Rate: 7.21%
Absolute Growth: 817

2. Rockford


Population 2014: 5,876
Population 2010: 5,538
Growth Rate: 6.1%
Absolute Growth: 338

3. Novi

Novi, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 56,887
Population 2010: 53,823
Growth Rate: 5.69%
Absolute Growth: 3,064

4. Rochester

Rochester, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,872
Population 2010: 12,312
Growth Rate: 4.55%
Absolute Growth: 560

5. Chelsea

Chelsea, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,085
Population 2010: 4,875
Growth Rate: 4.31%
Absolute Growth: 210

6. Houghton

Houghton, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,897
Population 2010: 7,573
Growth Rate: 4.28%
Absolute Growth: 324

7. South Lyon

South Lyon, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,514
Population 2010: 11,072
Growth Rate: 3.99%
Absolute Growth: 442

8. Richmond


Population 2014: 5,806
Population 2010: 5,630
Growth Rate: 3.13%
Absolute Growth: 176

9. Walker

Walker, Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 24,015
Population 2010: 23,290
Growth Rate: 3.11%
Absolute Growth: 725

10. Kentwood

Kentwood, Michigan

Source: Flickr

Population: 49,736
Population 2010: 48,242
Growth Rate: 3.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,494

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Michigan are led by New Baltimore 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 Michigan

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
New Baltimore 1 12,144 11,327 817 7.2%
Rockford 2 5,876 5,538 338 6.1%
Novi 3 56,887 53,823 3,064 5.7%
Rochester 4 12,872 12,312 560 4.5%
Chelsea 5 5,085 4,875 210 4.3%
Houghton 6 7,897 7,573 324 4.3%
South Lyon 7 11,514 11,072 442 4.0%
Richmond 8 5,806 5,630 176 3.1%
Walker 9 24,015 23,290 725 3.1%
Kentwood 10 49,736 48,242 1,494 3.1%
Saline 11 9,000 8,744 256 2.9%
Portage 12 47,137 45,916 1,221 2.7%
East Grand Rapids 13 10,999 10,734 265 2.5%
Mason 14 8,266 8,074 192 2.4%
Auburn Hills 15 21,639 21,162 477 2.3%
Wyoming 16 73,434 71,816 1,618 2.3%
Rochester Hills 17 72,195 70,606 1,589 2.3%
Milford 18 6,325 6,193 132 2.1%
Birmingham 19 20,382 19,962 420 2.1%
Flat Rock 20 9,859 9,666 193 2.0%
Walled Lake 21 7,065 6,941 124 1.8%
Huntington Woods 22 6,310 6,209 101 1.6%
Traverse City 23 15,006 14,772 234 1.6%
Troy 24 82,106 80,987 1,119 1.4%
Wixom 25 13,640 13,456 184 1.4%
Kalamazoo 26 75,190 74,318 872 1.2%
Royal Oak 27 58,382 57,741 641 1.1%
Milan 28 5,724 5,668 56 1.0%
Farmington 29 10,472 10,380 92 0.9%
Allegan 30 5,030 4,986 44 0.9%
Marquette 31 21,430 21,247 183 0.9%
Brighton 32 7,562 7,500 62 0.8%
Beverly Hills 33 10,368 10,284 84 0.8%
East Lansing 34 48,611 48,220 391 0.8%
Sterling Heights 35 130,604 129,687 917 0.7%
Ann Arbor 36 115,985 115,204 781 0.7%
Farmington Hills 37 80,682 80,191 491 0.6%
Holly 38 6,142 6,105 37 0.6%
Hudsonville 39 7,217 7,181 36 0.5%
Berkley 40 15,136 15,063 73 0.5%
Grand Haven 41 10,687 10,640 47 0.4%
Midland 42 42,067 41,961 106 0.3%
Madison Heights 43 30,028 29,954 74 0.2%
Ishpeming 44 6,514 6,501 13 0.2%
St. Johns 45 7,933 7,920 13 0.2%
Grand Rapids 46 190,739 190,441 298 0.2%
Norton Shores 47 23,941 23,916 25 0.1%
Grandville 48 15,613 15,598 15 0.1%
Mount Pleasant 49 26,095 26,119 -24 -0.1%
Greenville 50 8,434 8,470 -36 -0.4%
Clawson 51 11,943 11,995 -52 -0.4%
St. Louis 52 7,347 7,382 -35 -0.5%
Three Rivers 53 7,765 7,802 -37 -0.5%
Fenton 54 11,601 11,675 -74 -0.6%
Romulus 55 23,721 23,874 -153 -0.6%
Southfield 56 72,480 72,949 -469 -0.6%
Springfield 57 5,231 5,267 -36 -0.7%
Cadillac 58 10,306 10,384 -78 -0.8%
Zeeland 59 5,566 5,610 -44 -0.8%
Charlotte 60 9,053 9,126 -73 -0.8%
Swartz Creek 61 5,664 5,712 -48 -0.8%
Roseville 62 47,408 47,830 -422 -0.9%
Woodhaven 63 12,747 12,862 -115 -0.9%
Oak Park 64 29,622 29,892 -270 -0.9%
Ferndale 65 20,102 20,286 -184 -0.9%
Grand Ledge 66 7,779 7,852 -73 -0.9%
St. Joseph 67 8,310 8,394 -84 -1.0%
Alma 68 9,289 9,384 -95 -1.0%
Northville 69 6,001 6,063 -62 -1.0%
Eaton Rapids 70 5,221 5,275 -54 -1.0%
Warren 71 134,398 135,791 -1,393 -1.0%
Coldwater 72 10,863 10,979 -116 -1.1%
Lansing 73 114,382 115,634 -1,252 -1.1%
Holland 74 33,342 33,708 -366 -1.1%
Hastings 75 7,313 7,395 -82 -1.1%
Center Line 76 8,279 8,374 -95 -1.1%
Plymouth 77 9,029 9,136 -107 -1.2%
Eastpointe 78 32,526 32,944 -418 -1.3%
Ludington 79 8,061 8,166 -105 -1.3%
Fraser 80 14,544 14,739 -195 -1.3%
Big Rapids 81 10,543 10,696 -153 -1.4%
Howell 82 9,543 9,685 -142 -1.5%
Marshall 83 7,054 7,160 -106 -1.5%
Southgate 84 29,710 30,160 -450 -1.5%
Hamtramck 85 22,256 22,594 -338 -1.5%
St. Clair Shores 86 59,865 60,776 -911 -1.5%
Niles 87 11,479 11,655 -176 -1.5%
Battle Creek 88 51,963 52,762 -799 -1.5%
Petoskey 89 5,705 5,795 -90 -1.6%
Hillsdale 90 8,222 8,352 -130 -1.6%
Escanaba 91 12,529 12,735 -206 -1.6%
Melvindale 92 10,584 10,759 -175 -1.6%
Sturgis 93 10,923 11,104 -181 -1.6%
Mount Clemens 94 16,345 16,616 -271 -1.6%
Harper Woods 95 14,058 14,296 -238 -1.7%
Dearborn 96 96,739 98,392 -1,653 -1.7%
Belding 97 5,764 5,864 -100 -1.7%
Ypsilanti 98 19,844 20,191 -347 -1.7%
Dearborn Heights 99 57,063 58,066 -1,003 -1.7%
Sault Ste. Marie 100 14,121 14,382 -261 -1.8%
Dowagiac 101 5,822 5,930 -108 -1.8%
Bay City 102 34,578 35,235 -657 -1.9%
Westland 103 83,188 84,832 -1,644 -1.9%
Benton Harbor 104 10,056 10,256 -200 -2.0%
Grosse Pointe Farms 105 9,371 9,561 -190 -2.0%
Menominee 106 8,516 8,689 -173 -2.0%
Hazel Park 107 16,532 16,876 -344 -2.0%
Livonia 108 95,888 97,915 -2,027 -2.1%
Marysville 109 9,842 10,057 -215 -2.1%
Pontiac 110 59,658 60,982 -1,324 -2.2%
Trenton 111 18,635 19,051 -416 -2.2%
Riverview 112 12,347 12,640 -293 -2.3%
Grosse Pointe 113 5,350 5,478 -128 -2.3%
Kingsford 114 5,115 5,238 -123 -2.3%
Taylor 115 62,331 63,833 -1,502 -2.4%
Allen Park 116 27,869 28,542 -673 -2.4%
Lincoln Park 117 37,648 38,595 -947 -2.5%
Iron Mountain 118 7,593 7,787 -194 -2.5%
Grosse Pointe Woods 119 15,943 16,357 -414 -2.5%
Adrian 120 21,008 21,554 -546 -2.5%
Flushing 121 8,252 8,479 -227 -2.7%
Tecumseh 122 8,407 8,652 -245 -2.8%
Grosse Pointe Park 123 11,412 11,755 -343 -2.9%
Alpena 124 10,336 10,649 -313 -2.9%
Grand Blanc 125 8,147 8,395 -248 -3.0%
Garden City 126 27,356 28,199 -843 -3.0%
Jackson 127 33,317 34,349 -1,032 -3.0%
Lapeer 128 8,801 9,077 -276 -3.0%
Muskegon 129 37,822 39,023 -1,201 -3.1%
Muskegon Heights 130 10,807 11,157 -350 -3.1%
Manistee 131 6,160 6,362 -202 -3.2%
Burton 132 29,429 30,439 -1,010 -3.3%
Wayne 133 17,314 17,924 -610 -3.4%
Wyandotte 134 25,470 26,368 -898 -3.4%
Monroe 135 20,455 21,180 -725 -3.4%
Owosso 136 14,922 15,452 -530 -3.4%
St. Clair 137 5,428 5,634 -206 -3.7%
Albion 138 8,416 8,750 -334 -3.8%
Davison 139 5,085 5,324 -239 -4.5%
Ecorse 140 9,401 9,845 -444 -4.5%
Ironwood 141 5,237 5,490 -253 -4.6%
Inkster 142 25,056 26,311 -1,255 -4.8%
Port Huron 143 29,534 31,024 -1,490 -4.8%
Saginaw 144 50,700 53,463 -2,763 -5.2%
Ionia 145 11,388 12,030 -642 -5.3%
River Rouge 146 7,761 8,299 -538 -6.5%
Flint 147 100,569 107,807 -7,238 -6.7%
Detroit 148 695,437 759,340 -63,903 -8.4%
Highland Park 149 10,951 12,714 -1,763 -13.9%

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