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:
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 Montana are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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 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 17 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 5,888 Population 2010: 5,052
Growth Rate: 16.55%
Absolute Growth: 836
Population: 39,123 Population 2010: 36,440
Growth Rate: 7.36%
Absolute Growth: 2,683
Population: 20,629 Population 2010: 19,298
Growth Rate: 6.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,331
Population: 5,167 Population 2010: 4,899
Growth Rate: 5.47%
Absolute Growth: 268
Population: 106,979 Population 2010: 101,549
Growth Rate: 5.35%
Absolute Growth: 5,430
Population: 29,142 Population 2010: 27,672
Growth Rate: 5.31%
Absolute Growth: 1,470
Population: 7,625 Population 2010: 7,281
Growth Rate: 4.72%
Absolute Growth: 344
Population: 68,377 Population 2010: 65,383
Growth Rate: 4.58%
Absolute Growth: 2,994
Population: 9,668 Population 2010: 9,261
Growth Rate: 4.39%
Absolute Growth: 407
Population: 6,887 Population 2010: 6,620
Growth Rate: 4.03%
Absolute Growth: 267
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Montana are led by Sidney 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 Montana
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