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 Las Vegas and Henderson, while others want peace and quiet like in Winnemucca and Fallon, 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 Nevada 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 Silver State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Nevada for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Mesquite (Photos)
- North Las Vegas (Photos)
- Elko (Photos)
- Henderson (Photos)
- Winnemucca (Photos)
- Sparks (Photos)
- Reno (Photos)
- Las Vegas (Photos)
- Fernley (Photos)
- Boulder City (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Mesquite, 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 Nevada are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Silver 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 12 Nevada 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 Silver 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: 16,953 Population 2010: 14,608
Growth Rate: 16.05%
Absolute Growth: 2,345
2. North Las Vegas
Population: 230,436 Population 2010: 203,951
Growth Rate: 12.99%
Absolute Growth: 26,485
Population: 20,078 Population 2010: 17,784
Growth Rate: 12.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,294
Population: 277,872 Population 2010: 249,250
Growth Rate: 11.48%
Absolute Growth: 28,622
Population: 7,881 Population 2010: 7,142
Growth Rate: 10.35%
Absolute Growth: 739
Population: 94,718 Population 2010: 87,301
Growth Rate: 8.5%
Absolute Growth: 7,417
Population: 237,121 Population 2010: 220,996
Growth Rate: 7.3%
Absolute Growth: 16,125
8. Las Vegas
Population: 613,295 Population 2010: 579,786
Growth Rate: 5.78%
Absolute Growth: 33,509
Population: 19,228 Population 2010: 18,378
Growth Rate: 4.63%
Absolute Growth: 850
10. Boulder City
Population: 15,373 Population 2010: 15,399
Growth Rate: -0.17%
Absolute Growth: -26
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Nevada are led by Mesquite 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 Nevada reading , check out:
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Nevada
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