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 (Homes For Sale)
- Wentzville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dardenne Prairie (Homes For Sale)
- Waynesville (Homes For Sale)
- Kearney (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Battlefield (Homes For Sale)
- Grain Valley (Homes For Sale)
- Parkville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Smithville (Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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