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:
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.
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]
1. New Baltimore
Population: 12,144 Population 2010: 11,327
Growth Rate: 7.21%
Absolute Growth: 817
Population 2014: 5,876 Population 2010: 5,538
Growth Rate: 6.1%
Absolute Growth: 338
Population: 56,887 Population 2010: 53,823
Growth Rate: 5.69%
Absolute Growth: 3,064
Population: 12,872 Population 2010: 12,312
Growth Rate: 4.55%
Absolute Growth: 560
Population: 5,085 Population 2010: 4,875
Growth Rate: 4.31%
Absolute Growth: 210
Population: 7,897 Population 2010: 7,573
Growth Rate: 4.28%
Absolute Growth: 324
7. South Lyon
Population: 11,514 Population 2010: 11,072
Growth Rate: 3.99%
Absolute Growth: 442
Population 2014: 5,806 Population 2010: 5,630
Growth Rate: 3.13%
Absolute Growth: 176
Population: 24,015 Population 2010: 23,290
Growth Rate: 3.11%
Absolute Growth: 725
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
|East Grand Rapids||13|
|St. Clair Shores||86|
|Sault Ste. Marie||100|
|Grosse Pointe Farms||105|
|Grosse Pointe Woods||119|
|Grosse Pointe Park||123|