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:
- St. Robert
- Wentzville (Photos)
- Dardenne Prairie
- Kearney (Photos)
- Grain Valley
- Parkville (Photos)
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.
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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]
1. St. Robert
Population: 5,396 Population 2010: 3,929
Growth Rate: 37.34%
Absolute Growth: 1,467
Population: 34,176 Population 2010: 25,386
Growth Rate: 34.63%
Absolute Growth: 8,790
3. Dardenne Prairie
Population: 12,692 Population 2010: 10,290
Growth Rate: 23.34%
Absolute Growth: 2,402
Population: 5,297 Population 2010: 4,440
Growth Rate: 19.3%
Absolute Growth: 857
Population: 9,259 Population 2010: 7,864
Growth Rate: 17.74%
Absolute Growth: 1,395
Population: 5,920 Population 2010: 5,044
Growth Rate: 17.37%
Absolute Growth: 876
7. Grain Valley
Population: 13,273 Population 2010: 11,428
Growth Rate: 16.14%
Absolute Growth: 1,845
Population: 6,124 Population 2010: 5,311
Growth Rate: 15.31%
Absolute Growth: 813
Population: 9,069 Population 2010: 7,896
Growth Rate: 14.86%
Absolute Growth: 1,173
Population: 15,766 Population 2010: 13,772
Growth Rate: 14.48%
Absolute Growth: 1,994
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:
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Missouri
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