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 Ripley and Aberdeen, 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:
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 Mississippi are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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 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 60 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 10,161 Population 2010: 8,905
Growth Rate: 14.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,256
Population: 20,200 Population 2010: 17,990
Growth Rate: 12.28%
Absolute Growth: 2,210
Population: 14,723 Population 2010: 13,253
Growth Rate: 11.09%
Absolute Growth: 1,470
Population: 11,609 Population 2010: 10,511
Growth Rate: 10.45%
Absolute Growth: 1,098
5. Bay St. Louis
Population: 10,313 Population 2010: 9,349
Growth Rate: 10.31%
Absolute Growth: 964
Population 2014: 8,218 Population 2010: 7,586
Growth Rate: 8.33%
Absolute Growth: 632
7. Olive Branch
Population: 34,543 Population 2010: 31,910
Growth Rate: 8.25%
Absolute Growth: 2,633
Population: 50,389 Population 2010: 46,743
Growth Rate: 7.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,646
Population: 22,616 Population 2010: 21,072
Growth Rate: 7.33%
Absolute Growth: 1,544
Population: 24,871 Population 2010: 23,294
Growth Rate: 6.77%
Absolute Growth: 1,577
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Mississippi are led by D’Iberville 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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