These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Nevada For 2018


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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:

  1. Mesquite (Photos)
  2. North Las Vegas (Photos)
  3. Elko (Photos)
  4. Henderson (Photos)
  5. Winnemucca (Photos)
  6. Sparks (Photos)
  7. Reno (Photos)
  8. Las Vegas (Photos)
  9. Fernley (Photos)
  10. 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.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Nevada with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in nevada

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1. Mesquite

Mesquite, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,953
Population 2010: 14,608
Growth Rate: 16.05%
Absolute Growth: 2,345

2. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 230,436
Population 2010: 203,951
Growth Rate: 12.99%
Absolute Growth: 26,485

3. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,078
Population 2010: 17,784
Growth Rate: 12.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,294

4. Henderson

Henderson, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 277,872
Population 2010: 249,250
Growth Rate: 11.48%
Absolute Growth: 28,622

5. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,881
Population 2010: 7,142
Growth Rate: 10.35%
Absolute Growth: 739

6. Sparks

Sparks, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 94,718
Population 2010: 87,301
Growth Rate: 8.5%
Absolute Growth: 7,417

7. Reno

Reno, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 237,121
Population 2010: 220,996
Growth Rate: 7.3%
Absolute Growth: 16,125

8. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 613,295
Population 2010: 579,786
Growth Rate: 5.78%
Absolute Growth: 33,509

9. Fernley

Fernley, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,228
Population 2010: 18,378
Growth Rate: 4.63%
Absolute Growth: 850

10. Boulder City

Boulder City, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Nevada

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Mesquite 1 16,953 14,608 2,345 16.1%
North Las Vegas 2 230,436 203,951 26,485 13.0%
Elko 3 20,078 17,784 2,294 12.9%
Henderson 4 277,872 249,250 28,622 11.5%
Winnemucca 5 7,881 7,142 739 10.3%
Sparks 6 94,718 87,301 7,417 8.5%
Reno 7 237,121 220,996 16,125 7.3%
Las Vegas 8 613,295 579,786 33,509 5.8%
Fernley 9 19,228 18,378 850 4.6%
Boulder City 10 15,373 15,399 -26 -0.2%
Carson City 11 54,412 55,375 -963 -1.7%
Fallon 12 8,410 8,560 -150 -1.8%

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