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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Nebraska for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Ralston (Photos)
- Gretna (Photos)
- La Vista (Photos)
- Omaha (Photos)
- Grand Island (Photos)
- Kearney (Photos)
- Lincoln (Photos)
- Bellevue (Photos)
- Columbus (Photos)
- Crete (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Ralston, 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 Nebraska 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 Cornhusker 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 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 7,334 Population 2010: 5,961
Growth Rate: 23.03%
Absolute Growth: 1,373
Population: 5,047 Population 2010: 4,164
Growth Rate: 21.21%
Absolute Growth: 883
3. La Vista
Population: 17,064 Population 2010: 15,044
Growth Rate: 13.43%
Absolute Growth: 2,020
Population: 443,072 Population 2010: 407,334
Growth Rate: 8.77%
Absolute Growth: 35,738
5. Grand Island
Population: 50,895 Population 2010: 46,975
Growth Rate: 8.34%
Absolute Growth: 3,920
Population: 32,709 Population 2010: 30,214
Growth Rate: 8.26%
Absolute Growth: 2,495
Population: 273,018 Population 2010: 253,035
Growth Rate: 7.9%
Absolute Growth: 19,983
Population: 52,993 Population 2010: 50,241
Growth Rate: 5.48%
Absolute Growth: 2,752
Population: 22,668 Population 2010: 21,640
Growth Rate: 4.75%
Absolute Growth: 1,028
Population: 7,089 Population 2010: 6,801
Growth Rate: 4.23%
Absolute Growth: 288
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Nebraska are led by Ralston 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 Nebraska
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