These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Missouri 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 Kansas City and St. Louis, while others want peace and quiet like in Dellwood and Savannah, 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 Missouri 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 Show Me State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Missouri for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. St. Robert (Homes For Sale)
  2. Wentzville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Dardenne Prairie (Homes For Sale)
  4. Waynesville (Homes For Sale)
  5. Kearney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Battlefield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Grain Valley (Homes For Sale)
  8. Parkville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Smithville (Homes For Sale)
  10. Republic (Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of St. Robert, 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 Missouri are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Missouri or the Fastest Growing States In America.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Show Me 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 129 Missouri 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 Show Me 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 Missouri with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in missouri

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1. St. Robert


Population: 5,396
Population 2010: 3,929
Growth Rate: 37.34%
Absolute Growth: 1,467
More on St. Robert: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Wentzville

Wentzville, Missouri

Source: Public domain

Population: 34,176
Population 2010: 25,386
Growth Rate: 34.63%
Absolute Growth: 8,790
More on Wentzville: Homes For Sale | Data
Wentzville is a city located in western St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 29,070. 2016 population estimates have placed the city’s population at 37,395, making it the 17th largest city in Missouri. Wentzville was the fastest growing city in Missouri between 2000 and 2010, and population estimates since 2010 indicate that Wentzville is likely to continue as the state’s fastest growing city for a second consecutive decade. As the site of the county fairgrounds, Wentzville hosts the annual St. Gerard County Parade (also known as the “Black Parade”), St. Lazlo Wentz Festival and the Greater St. Louis Renaissance Faire.

3. Dardenne Prairie


Population: 12,692
Population 2010: 10,290
Growth Rate: 23.34%
Absolute Growth: 2,402
More on Dardenne Prairie: Homes For Sale | Data
Dardenne Prairie is a city in St. Charles County, Missouri, United States. The population was 11,494 at the 2010 census.

4. Waynesville


Population: 5,297
Population 2010: 4,440
Growth Rate: 19.3%
Absolute Growth: 857
More on Waynesville: Homes For Sale | Data
Waynesville is a city in Pulaski County, Missouri, United States. The population was 4,830 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pulaski County and is located in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks. It was one of the communities served by historic Route 66.

5. Kearney

Kearney, Missouri

Population: 9,259
Population 2010: 7,864
Growth Rate: 17.74%
Absolute Growth: 1,395
More on Kearney: Homes For Sale | Data
Kearney /krni/ is a city in Clay County, Missouri, United States. The population per the 2010 U.S. Census was 8,381. It is most famous for being the birthplace of Jesse James, and there is an annual festival in the third weekend of September to recognize the notorious outlaw.

6. Battlefield

Battlefield, Missouri

Population: 5,920
Population 2010: 5,044
Growth Rate: 17.37%
Absolute Growth: 876
More on Battlefield: Homes For Sale | Data
Battlefield is a city in Greene County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 5,590. It is part of the Springfield, Missouri Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town has no post office and shares the ZIP code (65619) with Brookline.

7. Grain Valley


Population: 13,273
Population 2010: 11,428
Growth Rate: 16.14%
Absolute Growth: 1,845
More on Grain Valley: Homes For Sale | Data
Grain Valley is a city in Jackson County, Missouri, in the United States. Grain Valley is located in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and is a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri. It is approx. 23 miles east of Kansas City.

8. Parkville

Parkville, Missouri

Population: 6,124
Population 2010: 5,311
Growth Rate: 15.31%
Absolute Growth: 813
More on Parkville: Homes For Sale | Data
Parkville is a city in Platte County, Missouri, United States. The population was 5,554 at the 2010 census. Parkville is known for its antique shops, art galleries, and historic downtown. The city is home to Park University and English Landing Park.

9. Smithville


Population: 9,069
Population 2010: 7,896
Growth Rate: 14.86%
Absolute Growth: 1,173
More on Smithville: Homes For Sale | Data
Smithville is a city in Clay and Platte counties in the U.S. state of Missouri, along the Little Platte River. The population was 8,425 at the 2010 United States Census.

10. Republic


Population: 15,766
Population 2010: 13,772
Growth Rate: 14.48%
Absolute Growth: 1,994
More on Republic: Homes For Sale | Data
Republic is a city in Christian and Greene counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 14,751. As of 2015, the population was 16,005. (Census Bureau Estimate) It is part of the Springfield, Missouri, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Missouri are led by St. Robert 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 Missouri reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Missouri

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 St. Robert 5,396 3,929 1,467 37.3%
2 Wentzville 34,176 25,386 8,790 34.6%
3 Dardenne Prairie 12,692 10,290 2,402 23.3%
4 Waynesville 5,297 4,440 857 19.3%
5 Kearney 9,259 7,864 1,395 17.7%
6 Battlefield 5,920 5,044 876 17.4%
7 Grain Valley 13,273 11,428 1,845 16.1%
8 Parkville 6,124 5,311 813 15.3%
9 Smithville 9,069 7,896 1,173 14.9%
10 Republic 15,766 13,772 1,994 14.5%
11 Nixa 20,520 18,021 2,499 13.9%
12 Ozark 18,867 16,622 2,245 13.5%
13 Branson 11,158 9,854 1,304 13.2%
14 Troy 11,374 10,103 1,271 12.6%
15 O’Fallon 84,018 74,777 9,241 12.4%
16 Columbia 117,165 104,620 12,545 12.0%
17 Raymore 20,107 18,009 2,098 11.6%
18 Farmington 17,881 16,143 1,738 10.8%
19 Greenwood 5,474 4,963 511 10.3%
20 Union 10,813 9,820 993 10.1%
21 Willard 5,447 4,960 487 9.8%
22 Bowling Green 5,464 4,988 476 9.5%
23 Jackson 14,641 13,419 1,222 9.1%
24 Lake St. Louis 15,150 13,900 1,250 9.0%
25 Bonne Terre 7,109 6,529 580 8.9%
26 Lee’S Summit 94,257 87,027 7,230 8.3%
27 Eureka 10,497 9,707 790 8.1%
28 Warrensburg 19,932 18,465 1,467 7.9%
29 Pevely 5,616 5,206 410 7.9%
30 Carl Junction 7,634 7,081 553 7.8%
31 Pleasant Hill 8,272 7,769 503 6.5%
32 Warrenton 8,077 7,586 491 6.5%
33 Marshfield 6,958 6,554 404 6.2%
34 Oak Grove 7,844 7,400 444 6.0%
35 St. Peters 55,820 52,850 2,970 5.6%
36 Liberty 30,239 28,645 1,594 5.6%
37 Festus 11,929 11,309 620 5.5%
38 Cape Girardeau 39,200 37,410 1,790 4.8%
39 Clayton 16,034 15,337 697 4.5%
40 St. Charles 68,341 65,374 2,967 4.5%
41 Cameron 10,150 9,730 420 4.3%
42 West Plains 12,259 11,759 500 4.3%
43 Gladstone 26,562 25,501 1,061 4.2%
44 Blue Springs 53,641 51,508 2,133 4.1%
45 Rolla 19,904 19,141 763 4.0%
46 Springfield 165,138 158,945 6,193 3.9%
47 Chillicothe 9,199 8,867 332 3.7%
48 Kansas City 471,767 454,876 16,891 3.7%
49 Neosho 12,144 11,719 425 3.6%
50 Bolivar 10,592 10,222 370 3.6%
51 Joplin 51,231 49,453 1,778 3.6%
52 Excelsior Springs 11,480 11,118 362 3.3%
53 Lebanon 14,652 14,211 441 3.1%
54 Grandview 25,126 24,420 706 2.9%
55 Creve Coeur 18,072 17,581 491 2.8%
56 Nevada 8,388 8,164 224 2.7%
57 Savannah 5,103 4,967 136 2.7%
58 Webb City 11,052 10,765 287 2.7%
59 Perryville 8,374 8,176 198 2.4%
60 Charleston 5,855 5,720 135 2.4%
61 Wildwood 35,764 34,970 794 2.3%
62 Maryville 11,957 11,695 262 2.2%
63 Olivette 7,830 7,660 170 2.2%
64 Arnold 21,196 20,753 443 2.1%
65 Fulton 12,886 12,618 268 2.1%
66 Jefferson City 43,143 42,374 769 1.8%
67 Monett 8,954 8,799 155 1.8%
68 Town And Country 11,001 10,812 189 1.7%
69 Weldon Spring 5,545 5,463 82 1.5%
70 Independence 117,217 115,578 1,639 1.4%
71 Sedalia 21,441 21,142 299 1.4%
72 Valley Park 6,956 6,864 92 1.3%
73 Ladue 8,579 8,467 112 1.3%
74 Des Peres 8,507 8,397 110 1.3%
75 St. Joseph 76,901 75,911 990 1.3%
76 Marshall 12,984 12,823 161 1.3%
77 Sunset Hills 8,515 8,424 91 1.1%
78 Kirksville 17,592 17,413 179 1.0%
79 Dexter 7,934 7,855 79 1.0%
80 Black Jack 6,956 6,888 68 1.0%
81 Chesterfield 47,717 47,253 464 1.0%
82 Ellisville 9,188 9,102 86 0.9%
83 Carthage 14,247 14,114 133 0.9%
84 Kirkwood 27,614 27,412 202 0.7%
85 Brentwood 8,030 7,973 57 0.7%
86 Glendale 5,917 5,880 37 0.6%
87 Belton 23,236 23,092 144 0.6%
88 Sikeston 16,464 16,369 95 0.6%
89 Webster Groves 23,111 22,984 127 0.6%
90 Mexico 11,622 11,559 63 0.5%
91 Park Hills 8,666 8,626 40 0.5%
92 Poplar Bluff 17,198 17,123 75 0.4%
93 Crestwood 11,941 11,892 49 0.4%
94 Washington 14,012 13,968 44 0.3%
95 De Soto 6,466 6,447 19 0.3%
96 Harrisonville 10,002 9,973 29 0.3%
97 Odessa 5,221 5,211 10 0.2%
98 Boonville 8,397 8,391 6 0.1%
99 Macon 5,463 5,462 1 0.0%
100 Maryland Heights 27,359 27,377 -18 -0.1%

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