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:
- Rockford (Homes For Sale)
- New Baltimore (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Novi (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Auburn Hills (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Chelsea (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- South Lyon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rochester (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- East Grand Rapids (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kentwood (Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
6. South Lyon
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.
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
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.
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.
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:
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- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Michigan
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Michigan
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