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:
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 Nevada are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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 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 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 16,072 Population 2010: 14,608
Growth Rate: 10.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,464
2. North Las Vegas
Population: 223,336 Population 2010: 203,951
Growth Rate: 9.5%
Absolute Growth: 19,385
Population: 19,308 Population 2010: 17,784
Growth Rate: 8.57%
Absolute Growth: 1,524
Population: 7,736 Population 2010: 7,142
Growth Rate: 8.32%
Absolute Growth: 594
Population: 266,245 Population 2010: 249,250
Growth Rate: 6.82%
Absolute Growth: 16,995
Population: 92,236 Population 2010: 87,301
Growth Rate: 5.65%
Absolute Growth: 4,935
Population: 231,103 Population 2010: 220,996
Growth Rate: 4.57%
Absolute Growth: 10,107
Population: 19,184 Population 2010: 18,378
Growth Rate: 4.39%
Absolute Growth: 806
9. Las Vegas
Population: 597,353 Population 2010: 579,786
Growth Rate: 3.03%
Absolute Growth: 17,567
Population: 8,451 Population 2010: 8,560
Growth Rate: -1.27%
Absolute Growth: -109
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Nevada are led by Mesquite 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!
For more Nevada reading , check out:
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Nevada
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