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 Billings and Missoula, while others want peace and quiet like in Glendive and Lewistown, 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 Montana 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 Treasure State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Montana for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Sidney (Photos)
- Bozeman (Photos)
- Kalispell (Photos)
- Glendive (Photos)
- Helena (Photos)
- Belgrade (Photos)
- Whitefish (Photos)
- Billings (Photos)
- Missoula (Photos)
- Havre (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Sidney, 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 Montana are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Treasure 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 16 Montana 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 Treasure 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]
Population: 6,407 Population 2010: 5,052
Growth Rate: 26.82%
Absolute Growth: 1,355
Population: 41,761 Population 2010: 36,440
Growth Rate: 14.6%
Absolute Growth: 5,321
Population: 21,619 Population 2010: 19,298
Growth Rate: 12.03%
Absolute Growth: 2,321
Population: 5,353 Population 2010: 4,899
Growth Rate: 9.27%
Absolute Growth: 454
Population: 30,102 Population 2010: 27,672
Growth Rate: 8.78%
Absolute Growth: 2,430
Population: 7,874 Population 2010: 7,281
Growth Rate: 8.14%
Absolute Growth: 593
Population: 6,859 Population 2010: 6,352
Growth Rate: 7.98%
Absolute Growth: 507
Population: 109,089 Population 2010: 101,549
Growth Rate: 7.42%
Absolute Growth: 7,540
Population: 70,117 Population 2010: 65,383
Growth Rate: 7.24%
Absolute Growth: 4,734
Population: 9,815 Population 2010: 9,261
Growth Rate: 5.98%
Absolute Growth: 554
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Montana are led by Sidney 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 Montana reading , check out:
- 37 Pictures of Montana That Will Make You Wish You Lived There
- These Are The 10 Drunkest Cities In Montana
- These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Montana
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Montana
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