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 Omaha and Lincoln, while others want peace and quiet like in Gretna and Holdrege, 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 Nebraska 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 Cornhusker 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 Nebraska are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Cornhusker 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 32 Nebraska 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 Cornhusker 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: 5,416 Population 2010: 4,164
Growth Rate: 30.07%
Absolute Growth: 1,252
Population: 6,826 Population 2010: 5,961
Growth Rate: 14.51%
Absolute Growth: 865
3. La Vista
Population: 17,125 Population 2010: 15,044
Growth Rate: 13.83%
Absolute Growth: 2,081
Population: 21,100 Population 2010: 18,829
Growth Rate: 12.06%
Absolute Growth: 2,271
Population: 435,454 Population 2010: 407,334
Growth Rate: 6.9%
Absolute Growth: 28,120
6. Grand Island
Population: 50,059 Population 2010: 46,975
Growth Rate: 6.57%
Absolute Growth: 3,084
Population: 31,759 Population 2010: 30,214
Growth Rate: 5.11%
Absolute Growth: 1,545
Population: 265,811 Population 2010: 253,035
Growth Rate: 5.05%
Absolute Growth: 12,776
Population: 52,690 Population 2010: 50,241
Growth Rate: 4.87%
Absolute Growth: 2,449
Population: 6,195 Population 2010: 5,931
Growth Rate: 4.45%
Absolute Growth: 264
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Nebraska are led by Gretna 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 Nebraska
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