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

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.

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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 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

2. New Baltimore

New Baltimore, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,266
Population 2010: 11,327
Growth Rate: 8.29%
Absolute Growth: 939

3. Novi

Novi, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,233
Population 2010: 53,823
Growth Rate: 8.19%
Absolute Growth: 4,410

4. Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,342
Population 2010: 21,162
Growth Rate: 5.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,180

5. Chelsea

Chelsea, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,140
Population 2010: 4,875
Growth Rate: 5.44%
Absolute Growth: 265

6. South Lyon

South Lyon, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,672
Population 2010: 11,072
Growth Rate: 5.42%
Absolute Growth: 600

7. Rochester

Rochester, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,969
Population 2010: 12,312
Growth Rate: 5.34%
Absolute Growth: 657

8. East Grand Rapids

East Grand Rapids, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,297
Population 2010: 10,734
Growth Rate: 5.25%
Absolute Growth: 563

9. Kentwood


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

10. Walker


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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Michigan

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Rockford 1 6,044 5,538 506 9.1%
New Baltimore 2 12,266 11,327 939 8.3%
Novi 3 58,233 53,823 4,410 8.2%
Auburn Hills 4 22,342 21,162 1,180 5.6%
Chelsea 5 5,140 4,875 265 5.4%
South Lyon 6 11,672 11,072 600 5.4%
Rochester 7 12,969 12,312 657 5.3%
East Grand Rapids 8 11,297 10,734 563 5.2%
Kentwood 9 50,761 48,242 2,519 5.2%
Walker 10 24,458 23,290 1,168 5.0%
Houghton 11 7,924 7,573 351 4.6%
Milan 12 5,917 5,668 249 4.4%
Portage 13 47,854 45,916 1,938 4.2%
Traverse City 14 15,392 14,772 620 4.2%
Wyoming 15 74,692 71,816 2,876 4.0%
Milford 16 6,434 6,193 241 3.9%
Saline 17 9,082 8,744 338 3.9%
Richmond 18 5,844 5,630 214 3.8%
Birmingham 19 20,653 19,962 691 3.5%
Rochester Hills 20 72,987 70,606 2,381 3.4%
Mason 21 8,334 8,074 260 3.2%
Ann Arbor 22 118,087 115,204 2,883 2.5%
Troy 23 82,982 80,987 1,995 2.5%
Walled Lake 24 7,102 6,941 161 2.3%
Kalamazoo 25 75,885 74,318 1,567 2.1%
Wixom 26 13,733 13,456 277 2.1%
Grand Haven 27 10,853 10,640 213 2.0%
Huntington Woods 28 6,330 6,209 121 1.9%
Ypsilanti 29 20,577 20,191 386 1.9%
Royal Oak 30 58,823 57,741 1,082 1.9%
Grand Rapids 31 193,887 190,441 3,446 1.8%
Flat Rock 32 9,836 9,666 170 1.8%
Beverly Hills 33 10,450 10,284 166 1.6%
Grandville 34 15,842 15,598 244 1.6%
Sterling Heights 35 131,674 129,687 1,987 1.5%
Farmington 36 10,526 10,380 146 1.4%
Hudsonville 37 7,278 7,181 97 1.4%
Allegan 38 5,051 4,986 65 1.3%
Farmington Hills 39 81,154 80,191 963 1.2%
Berkley 40 15,239 15,063 176 1.2%
Holly 41 6,171 6,105 66 1.1%
Norton Shores 42 24,091 23,916 175 0.7%
Madison Heights 43 30,168 29,954 214 0.7%
Brighton 44 7,550 7,500 50 0.7%
St. Johns 45 7,951 7,920 31 0.4%
East Lansing 46 48,395 48,220 175 0.4%
Midland 47 42,063 41,961 102 0.2%
Marquette 48 21,282 21,247 35 0.2%
Southfield 49 73,055 72,949 106 0.1%
Ishpeming 50 6,509 6,501 8 0.1%
Clawson 51 12,008 11,995 13 0.1%
Cadillac 52 10,380 10,384 -4 -0.0%
Zeeland 53 5,595 5,610 -15 -0.3%
Holland 54 33,581 33,708 -127 -0.4%
Roseville 55 47,606 47,830 -224 -0.5%
Oak Park 56 29,751 29,892 -141 -0.5%
Greenville 57 8,429 8,470 -41 -0.5%
Warren 58 135,069 135,791 -722 -0.5%
Ferndale 59 20,167 20,286 -119 -0.6%
Center Line 60 8,313 8,374 -61 -0.7%
Grand Ledge 61 7,794 7,852 -58 -0.7%
Lansing 62 114,773 115,634 -861 -0.7%
Three Rivers 63 7,743 7,802 -59 -0.8%
Fraser 64 14,620 14,739 -119 -0.8%
Mount Pleasant 65 25,896 26,119 -223 -0.9%
Eastpointe 66 32,648 32,944 -296 -0.9%
Charlotte 67 9,043 9,126 -83 -0.9%
Springfield 68 5,218 5,267 -49 -0.9%
St. Joseph 69 8,307 8,394 -87 -1.0%
St. Louis 70 7,302 7,382 -80 -1.1%
Petoskey 71 5,731 5,795 -64 -1.1%
Hastings 72 7,312 7,395 -83 -1.1%
Dowagiac 73 5,863 5,930 -67 -1.1%
Eaton Rapids 74 5,212 5,275 -63 -1.2%
Northville 75 5,986 6,063 -77 -1.3%
Coldwater 76 10,834 10,979 -145 -1.3%
Mount Clemens 77 16,390 16,616 -226 -1.4%
Ludington 78 8,051 8,166 -115 -1.4%
St. Clair Shores 79 59,916 60,776 -860 -1.4%
Marshall 80 7,046 7,160 -114 -1.6%
Sturgis 81 10,921 11,104 -183 -1.6%
Swartz Creek 82 5,617 5,712 -95 -1.7%
Belding 83 5,766 5,864 -98 -1.7%
Hazel Park 84 16,587 16,876 -289 -1.7%
Alma 85 9,222 9,384 -162 -1.7%
Pontiac 86 59,920 60,982 -1,062 -1.7%
Romulus 87 23,457 23,874 -417 -1.7%
Fenton 88 11,471 11,675 -204 -1.7%
Hillsdale 89 8,203 8,352 -149 -1.8%
Howell 90 9,507 9,685 -178 -1.8%
Big Rapids 91 10,495 10,696 -201 -1.9%
Battle Creek 92 51,763 52,762 -999 -1.9%
Plymouth 93 8,956 9,136 -180 -2.0%
Woodhaven 94 12,590 12,862 -272 -2.1%
Escanaba 95 12,455 12,735 -280 -2.2%
Niles 96 11,379 11,655 -276 -2.4%
Muskegon 97 38,086 39,023 -937 -2.4%
Benton Harbor 98 9,988 10,256 -268 -2.6%
Southgate 99 29,355 30,160 -805 -2.7%
Hamtramck 100 21,985 22,594 -609 -2.7%
Marysville 101 9,775 10,057 -282 -2.8%
Harper Woods 102 13,895 14,296 -401 -2.8%
Kingsford 103 5,086 5,238 -152 -2.9%
Dearborn 104 95,520 98,392 -2,872 -2.9%
Dearborn Heights 105 56,329 58,066 -1,737 -3.0%
Melvindale 106 10,437 10,759 -322 -3.0%
Sault Ste. Marie 107 13,941 14,382 -441 -3.1%
Westland 108 82,218 84,832 -2,614 -3.1%
Grosse Pointe Farms 109 9,265 9,561 -296 -3.1%
Lapeer 110 8,795 9,077 -282 -3.1%
Livonia 111 94,849 97,915 -3,066 -3.1%
Bay City 112 34,110 35,235 -1,125 -3.2%
Iron Mountain 113 7,535 7,787 -252 -3.2%
Tecumseh 114 8,370 8,652 -282 -3.3%
Muskegon Heights 115 10,792 11,157 -365 -3.3%
Trenton 116 18,426 19,051 -625 -3.3%
Taylor 117 61,716 63,833 -2,117 -3.3%
Riverview 118 12,208 12,640 -432 -3.4%
Jackson 119 33,165 34,349 -1,184 -3.4%
Grosse Pointe Woods 120 15,785 16,357 -572 -3.5%
Adrian 121 20,800 21,554 -754 -3.5%
Menominee 122 8,378 8,689 -311 -3.6%
Allen Park 123 27,519 28,542 -1,023 -3.6%
Lincoln Park 124 37,155 38,595 -1,440 -3.7%
Grosse Pointe 125 5,256 5,478 -222 -4.1%
Grosse Pointe Park 126 11,276 11,755 -479 -4.1%
Alpena 127 10,213 10,649 -436 -4.1%
Manistee 128 6,100 6,362 -262 -4.1%
Flushing 129 8,129 8,479 -350 -4.1%
Garden City 130 27,009 28,199 -1,190 -4.2%
Grand Blanc 131 8,039 8,395 -356 -4.2%
St. Clair 132 5,395 5,634 -239 -4.2%
Wyandotte 133 25,225 26,368 -1,143 -4.3%
Wayne 134 17,143 17,924 -781 -4.4%
Monroe 135 20,243 21,180 -937 -4.4%
Owosso 136 14,738 15,452 -714 -4.6%
Burton 137 28,995 30,439 -1,444 -4.7%
Albion 138 8,293 8,750 -457 -5.2%
Ionia 139 11,396 12,030 -634 -5.3%
Port Huron 140 29,388 31,024 -1,636 -5.3%
Ecorse 141 9,270 9,845 -575 -5.8%
Inkster 142 24,738 26,311 -1,573 -6.0%
Saginaw 143 49,892 53,463 -3,571 -6.7%
Ironwood 144 5,089 5,490 -401 -7.3%
Flint 145 98,918 107,807 -8,889 -8.2%
River Rouge 146 7,609 8,299 -690 -8.3%
Detroit 147 683,443 759,340 -75,897 -10.0%
Highland Park 148 10,978 12,714 -1,736 -13.7%

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