These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Missouri


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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:

  1. Wentzville
  2. Dardenne Prairie
  3. Waynesville
  4. Battlefield
  5. Grain Valley
  6. Kearney
  7. Smithville
  8. Branson
  9. Republic
  10. Ozark

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.

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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 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]

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1. Wentzville

Wentzville, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

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

3. Waynesville


Population 2014: 5,147
Population 2010: 4,440
Growth Rate: 15.92%
Absolute Growth: 707

4. Battlefield


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

6. Kearney

Kearney, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,845
Population 2010: 7,864
Growth Rate: 12.47%
Absolute Growth: 981

7. Smithville

Smithville, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,791
Population 2010: 7,896
Growth Rate: 11.33%
Absolute Growth: 895

8. Branson

Branson, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,942
Population 2010: 9,854
Growth Rate: 11.04%
Absolute Growth: 1,088

9. Republic

Republic, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 15,222
Population 2010: 13,772
Growth Rate: 10.53%
Absolute Growth: 1,450

10. Ozark

Ozark, Missouri

Source: Flickr

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

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Wentzville 1 31,591 25,386 6,205 24.4%
Dardenne Prairie 2 12,116 10,290 1,826 17.7%
Waynesville 3 5,147 4,440 707 15.9%
Battlefield 4 5,759 5,044 715 14.2%
Grain Valley 5 13,037 11,428 1,609 14.1%
Kearney 6 8,845 7,864 981 12.5%
Smithville 7 8,791 7,896 895 11.3%
Branson 8 10,942 9,854 1,088 11.0%
Republic 9 15,222 13,772 1,450 10.5%
Ozark 10 18,369 16,622 1,747 10.5%
Nixa 11 19,821 18,021 1,800 10.0%
O’Fallon 12 81,978 74,777 7,201 9.6%
Parkville 13 5,811 5,311 500 9.4%
Bowling Green 14 5,452 4,988 464 9.3%
Troy 15 11,015 10,103 912 9.0%
Willard 16 5,395 4,960 435 8.8%
Raymore 17 19,576 18,009 1,567 8.7%
Columbia 18 113,155 104,620 8,535 8.2%
Bonne Terre 19 7,025 6,529 496 7.6%
Greenwood 20 5,322 4,963 359 7.2%
Union 21 10,517 9,820 697 7.1%
Pevely 22 5,566 5,206 360 6.9%
Eureka 23 10,375 9,707 668 6.9%
Lee’S Summit 24 92,813 87,027 5,786 6.6%
Farmington 25 17,213 16,143 1,070 6.6%
Lake St. Louis 26 14,759 13,900 859 6.2%
Carl Junction 27 7,511 7,081 430 6.1%
Jackson 28 14,221 13,419 802 6.0%
Warrensburg 29 19,548 18,465 1,083 5.9%
Pleasant Hill 30 8,173 7,769 404 5.2%
Warrenton 31 7,974 7,586 388 5.1%
Oak Grove 32 7,747 7,400 347 4.7%
Liberty 33 29,806 28,645 1,161 4.1%
Festus 34 11,740 11,309 431 3.8%
Clayton 35 15,912 15,337 575 3.7%
Marshfield 36 6,789 6,554 235 3.6%
West Plains 37 12,176 11,759 417 3.5%
Rolla 38 19,808 19,141 667 3.5%
Cape Girardeau 39 38,665 37,410 1,255 3.4%
Charleston 40 5,905 5,720 185 3.2%
Blue Springs 41 53,053 51,508 1,545 3.0%
Joplin 42 50,900 49,453 1,447 2.9%
Cameron 43 10,008 9,730 278 2.9%
Maryville 44 12,018 11,695 323 2.8%
Neosho 45 12,038 11,719 319 2.7%
Lebanon 46 14,595 14,211 384 2.7%
Savannah 47 5,101 4,967 134 2.7%
St. Peters 48 54,236 52,850 1,386 2.6%
Excelsior Springs 49 11,391 11,118 273 2.5%
St. Charles 50 66,900 65,374 1,526 2.3%
Kansas City 51 465,005 454,876 10,129 2.2%
Bolivar 52 10,443 10,222 221 2.2%
Springfield 53 162,333 158,945 3,388 2.1%
Wildwood 54 35,701 34,970 731 2.1%
Gladstone 55 26,032 25,501 531 2.1%
Webb City 56 10,985 10,765 220 2.0%
Olivette 57 7,809 7,660 149 1.9%
Jefferson City 58 43,184 42,374 810 1.9%
Nevada 59 8,318 8,164 154 1.9%
Marshall 60 13,059 12,823 236 1.8%
Grandview 61 24,860 24,420 440 1.8%
Valley Park 62 6,980 6,864 116 1.7%
Sikeston 63 16,642 16,369 273 1.7%
Monett 64 8,935 8,799 136 1.5%
St. Joseph 65 77,040 75,911 1,129 1.5%
Creve Coeur 66 17,841 17,581 260 1.5%
Fulton 67 12,791 12,618 173 1.4%
Independence 68 117,160 115,578 1,582 1.4%
Sedalia 69 21,429 21,142 287 1.4%
Arnold 70 21,020 20,753 267 1.3%
Perryville 71 8,280 8,176 104 1.3%
Carthage 72 14,281 14,114 167 1.2%
Sunset Hills 73 8,523 8,424 99 1.2%
Park Hills 74 8,714 8,626 88 1.0%
Ladue 75 8,549 8,467 82 1.0%
Kirksville 76 17,578 17,413 165 0.9%
Brentwood 77 8,048 7,973 75 0.9%
Chesterfield 78 47,651 47,253 398 0.8%
Glendale 79 5,926 5,880 46 0.8%
Town And Country 80 10,890 10,812 78 0.7%
Trenton 81 6,058 6,018 40 0.7%
Ellisville 82 9,162 9,102 60 0.7%
Kirkwood 83 27,587 27,412 175 0.6%
Weldon Spring 84 5,496 5,463 33 0.6%
Dexter 85 7,902 7,855 47 0.6%
Des Peres 86 8,443 8,397 46 0.5%
Black Jack 87 6,924 6,888 36 0.5%
Odessa 88 5,237 5,211 26 0.5%
Harrisonville 89 10,019 9,973 46 0.5%
Belton 90 23,197 23,092 105 0.5%
Webster Groves 91 23,084 22,984 100 0.4%
Poplar Bluff 92 17,190 17,123 67 0.4%
Crestwood 93 11,934 11,892 42 0.4%
Macon 94 5,476 5,462 14 0.3%
Maryland Heights 95 27,420 27,377 43 0.2%
Raytown 96 29,520 29,490 30 0.1%
Washington 97 13,982 13,968 14 0.1%
De Soto 98 6,449 6,447 2 0.0%
St. Louis 99 318,727 318,809 -82 -0.0%
Mexico 100 11,555 11,559 -4 -0.0%
Ballwin 101 30,478 30,496 -18 -0.1%
Hazelwood 102 25,671 25,716 -45 -0.2%
Florissant 103 52,353 52,462 -109 -0.2%
Berkeley 104 9,120 9,141 -21 -0.2%
Hannibal 105 17,779 17,821 -42 -0.2%
Aurora 106 7,475 7,505 -30 -0.4%
Manchester 107 18,125 18,215 -90 -0.5%
St. Ann 108 12,988 13,071 -83 -0.6%
Jennings 109 14,730 14,826 -96 -0.6%
Dellwood 110 5,010 5,044 -34 -0.7%
Overland 111 16,043 16,163 -120 -0.7%
Boonville 112 8,320 8,391 -71 -0.8%
Bellefontaine Neighbors 113 10,823 10,918 -95 -0.9%
Ferguson 114 21,151 21,339 -188 -0.9%
Moberly 115 13,898 14,057 -159 -1.1%
St. John 116 6,486 6,563 -77 -1.2%
Shrewsbury 117 6,217 6,293 -76 -1.2%
University City 118 35,226 35,704 -478 -1.3%
Kennett 119 11,002 11,269 -267 -2.4%
Clinton 120 9,014 9,248 -234 -2.5%
Richmond Heights 121 8,526 8,767 -241 -2.7%
Maplewood 122 7,987 8,227 -240 -2.9%
Caruthersville 123 6,086 6,279 -193 -3.1%
Sullivan 124 7,058 7,310 -252 -3.4%
Richmond 125 5,702 5,907 -205 -3.5%
Chillicothe 126 8,528 8,867 -339 -3.8%
Bridgeton 127 11,654 12,234 -580 -4.7%
Pacific 128 6,047 6,414 -367 -5.7%

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