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 Jackson and Gulfport, while others want peace and quiet like in Pass Christian and Ripley, 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 Mississippi 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 Magnolia State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Mississippi for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Bay St. Louis (Photos)
- Oxford (Photos)
- Hernando (Photos)
- Tupelo (Photos)
- Olive Branch (Photos)
- Southaven (Photos)
- Pass Christian
If you happen to be a resident of Bay St. Louis, 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 Mississippi are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Magnolia 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 61 Mississippi 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 Magnolia 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]
1. Bay St. Louis
Population: 11,448 Population 2010: 9,349
Growth Rate: 22.45%
Absolute Growth: 2,099
Population: 10,829 Population 2010: 8,905
Growth Rate: 21.61%
Absolute Growth: 1,924
Population: 21,634 Population 2010: 17,990
Growth Rate: 20.26%
Absolute Growth: 3,644
Population: 15,227 Population 2010: 13,253
Growth Rate: 14.89%
Absolute Growth: 1,974
Population: 38,856 Population 2010: 34,363
Growth Rate: 13.08%
Absolute Growth: 4,493
Population: 8,532 Population 2010: 7,586
Growth Rate: 12.47%
Absolute Growth: 946
7. Olive Branch
Population: 35,508 Population 2010: 31,910
Growth Rate: 11.28%
Absolute Growth: 3,598
Population: 51,816 Population 2010: 46,743
Growth Rate: 10.85%
Absolute Growth: 5,073
Population: 11,610 Population 2010: 10,511
Growth Rate: 10.46%
Absolute Growth: 1,099
10. Pass Christian
Population: 5,302 Population 2010: 4,809
Growth Rate: 10.25%
Absolute Growth: 493
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Mississippi are led by Bay St. Louis 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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