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:
- Dardenne Prairie
- Grain Valley
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 Missouri are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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 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 128 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 31,591 Population 2010: 25,386
Growth Rate: 24.44%
Absolute Growth: 6,205
2. Dardenne Prairie
Population 2014: 12,116 Population 2010: 10,290
Growth Rate: 17.75%
Absolute Growth: 1,826
Population 2014: 5,147 Population 2010: 4,440
Growth Rate: 15.92%
Absolute Growth: 707
Population 2014: 5,759 Population 2010: 5,044
Growth Rate: 14.18%
Absolute Growth: 715
5. Grain Valley
Population 2014: 13,037 Population 2010: 11,428
Growth Rate: 14.08%
Absolute Growth: 1,609
Population: 8,845 Population 2010: 7,864
Growth Rate: 12.47%
Absolute Growth: 981
Population: 8,791 Population 2010: 7,896
Growth Rate: 11.33%
Absolute Growth: 895
Population: 10,942 Population 2010: 9,854
Growth Rate: 11.04%
Absolute Growth: 1,088
Population: 15,222 Population 2010: 13,772
Growth Rate: 10.53%
Absolute Growth: 1,450
Population: 18,369 Population 2010: 16,622
Growth Rate: 10.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,747
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Missouri are led by Wentzville 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 Missouri
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