These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Missouri For 2018


We used data and science to determine the places in Missouri everyone wants to move to today.

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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
  2. Wentzville (Photos)
  3. Dardenne Prairie
  4. Waynesville
  5. Kearney (Photos)
  6. Battlefield
  7. Grain Valley
  8. Parkville (Photos)
  9. Smithville
  10. Republic

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.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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]

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

2. Wentzville

Wentzville, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

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

4. Waynesville


Population: 5,297
Population 2010: 4,440
Growth Rate: 19.3%
Absolute Growth: 857

5. Kearney

Kearney, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,259
Population 2010: 7,864
Growth Rate: 17.74%
Absolute Growth: 1,395

6. Battlefield


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

8. Parkville

Parkville, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,124
Population 2010: 5,311
Growth Rate: 15.31%
Absolute Growth: 813

9. Smithville


Population: 9,069
Population 2010: 7,896
Growth Rate: 14.86%
Absolute Growth: 1,173

10. Republic


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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Missouri

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
St. Robert 1 5,396 3,929 1,467 37.3%
Wentzville 2 34,176 25,386 8,790 34.6%
Dardenne Prairie 3 12,692 10,290 2,402 23.3%
Waynesville 4 5,297 4,440 857 19.3%
Kearney 5 9,259 7,864 1,395 17.7%
Battlefield 6 5,920 5,044 876 17.4%
Grain Valley 7 13,273 11,428 1,845 16.1%
Parkville 8 6,124 5,311 813 15.3%
Smithville 9 9,069 7,896 1,173 14.9%
Republic 10 15,766 13,772 1,994 14.5%
Nixa 11 20,520 18,021 2,499 13.9%
Ozark 12 18,867 16,622 2,245 13.5%
Branson 13 11,158 9,854 1,304 13.2%
Troy 14 11,374 10,103 1,271 12.6%
O’Fallon 15 84,018 74,777 9,241 12.4%
Columbia 16 117,165 104,620 12,545 12.0%
Raymore 17 20,107 18,009 2,098 11.6%
Farmington 18 17,881 16,143 1,738 10.8%
Greenwood 19 5,474 4,963 511 10.3%
Union 20 10,813 9,820 993 10.1%
Willard 21 5,447 4,960 487 9.8%
Bowling Green 22 5,464 4,988 476 9.5%
Jackson 23 14,641 13,419 1,222 9.1%
Lake St. Louis 24 15,150 13,900 1,250 9.0%
Bonne Terre 25 7,109 6,529 580 8.9%
Lee’S Summit 26 94,257 87,027 7,230 8.3%
Eureka 27 10,497 9,707 790 8.1%
Warrensburg 28 19,932 18,465 1,467 7.9%
Pevely 29 5,616 5,206 410 7.9%
Carl Junction 30 7,634 7,081 553 7.8%
Pleasant Hill 31 8,272 7,769 503 6.5%
Warrenton 32 8,077 7,586 491 6.5%
Marshfield 33 6,958 6,554 404 6.2%
Oak Grove 34 7,844 7,400 444 6.0%
St. Peters 35 55,820 52,850 2,970 5.6%
Liberty 36 30,239 28,645 1,594 5.6%
Festus 37 11,929 11,309 620 5.5%
Cape Girardeau 38 39,200 37,410 1,790 4.8%
Clayton 39 16,034 15,337 697 4.5%
St. Charles 40 68,341 65,374 2,967 4.5%
Cameron 41 10,150 9,730 420 4.3%
West Plains 42 12,259 11,759 500 4.3%
Gladstone 43 26,562 25,501 1,061 4.2%
Blue Springs 44 53,641 51,508 2,133 4.1%
Rolla 45 19,904 19,141 763 4.0%
Springfield 46 165,138 158,945 6,193 3.9%
Chillicothe 47 9,199 8,867 332 3.7%
Kansas City 48 471,767 454,876 16,891 3.7%
Neosho 49 12,144 11,719 425 3.6%
Bolivar 50 10,592 10,222 370 3.6%
Joplin 51 51,231 49,453 1,778 3.6%
Excelsior Springs 52 11,480 11,118 362 3.3%
Lebanon 53 14,652 14,211 441 3.1%
Grandview 54 25,126 24,420 706 2.9%
Creve Coeur 55 18,072 17,581 491 2.8%
Nevada 56 8,388 8,164 224 2.7%
Savannah 57 5,103 4,967 136 2.7%
Webb City 58 11,052 10,765 287 2.7%
Perryville 59 8,374 8,176 198 2.4%
Charleston 60 5,855 5,720 135 2.4%
Wildwood 61 35,764 34,970 794 2.3%
Maryville 62 11,957 11,695 262 2.2%
Olivette 63 7,830 7,660 170 2.2%
Arnold 64 21,196 20,753 443 2.1%
Fulton 65 12,886 12,618 268 2.1%
Jefferson City 66 43,143 42,374 769 1.8%
Monett 67 8,954 8,799 155 1.8%
Town And Country 68 11,001 10,812 189 1.7%
Weldon Spring 69 5,545 5,463 82 1.5%
Independence 70 117,217 115,578 1,639 1.4%
Sedalia 71 21,441 21,142 299 1.4%
Valley Park 72 6,956 6,864 92 1.3%
Ladue 73 8,579 8,467 112 1.3%
Des Peres 74 8,507 8,397 110 1.3%
St. Joseph 75 76,901 75,911 990 1.3%
Marshall 76 12,984 12,823 161 1.3%
Sunset Hills 77 8,515 8,424 91 1.1%
Kirksville 78 17,592 17,413 179 1.0%
Dexter 79 7,934 7,855 79 1.0%
Black Jack 80 6,956 6,888 68 1.0%
Chesterfield 81 47,717 47,253 464 1.0%
Ellisville 82 9,188 9,102 86 0.9%
Carthage 83 14,247 14,114 133 0.9%
Kirkwood 84 27,614 27,412 202 0.7%
Brentwood 85 8,030 7,973 57 0.7%
Glendale 86 5,917 5,880 37 0.6%
Belton 87 23,236 23,092 144 0.6%
Sikeston 88 16,464 16,369 95 0.6%
Webster Groves 89 23,111 22,984 127 0.6%
Mexico 90 11,622 11,559 63 0.5%
Park Hills 91 8,666 8,626 40 0.5%
Poplar Bluff 92 17,198 17,123 75 0.4%
Crestwood 93 11,941 11,892 49 0.4%
Washington 94 14,012 13,968 44 0.3%
De Soto 95 6,466 6,447 19 0.3%
Harrisonville 96 10,002 9,973 29 0.3%
Odessa 97 5,221 5,211 10 0.2%
Boonville 98 8,397 8,391 6 0.1%
Macon 99 5,463 5,462 1 0.0%
Maryland Heights 100 27,359 27,377 -18 -0.1%
Manchester 101 18,183 18,215 -32 -0.2%
Ballwin 102 30,431 30,496 -65 -0.2%
Raytown 103 29,366 29,490 -124 -0.4%
Aurora 104 7,473 7,505 -32 -0.4%
Hazelwood 105 25,604 25,716 -112 -0.4%
Florissant 106 52,218 52,462 -244 -0.5%
Dellwood 107 5,020 5,044 -24 -0.5%
Jennings 108 14,749 14,826 -77 -0.5%
Hannibal 109 17,707 17,821 -114 -0.6%
Berkeley 110 9,068 9,141 -73 -0.8%
St. Louis 111 316,030 318,809 -2,779 -0.9%
St. Ann 112 12,931 13,071 -140 -1.1%
Trenton 113 5,946 6,018 -72 -1.2%
Bellefontaine Neighbors 114 10,785 10,918 -133 -1.2%
Moberly 115 13,867 14,057 -190 -1.4%
Ferguson 116 21,035 21,339 -304 -1.4%
Overland 117 15,932 16,163 -231 -1.4%
Shrewsbury 118 6,197 6,293 -96 -1.5%
St. John 119 6,459 6,563 -104 -1.6%
University City 120 35,042 35,704 -662 -1.9%
Pacific 121 6,246 6,414 -168 -2.6%
Clinton 122 8,989 9,248 -259 -2.8%
Richmond Heights 123 8,486 8,767 -281 -3.2%
Maplewood 124 7,948 8,227 -279 -3.4%
Bridgeton 125 11,698 12,234 -536 -4.4%
Richmond 126 5,638 5,907 -269 -4.6%
Caruthersville 127 5,941 6,279 -338 -5.4%
Sullivan 128 6,838 7,310 -472 -6.5%
Kennett 129 10,500 11,269 -769 -6.8%

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