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 | Homes For Sale)
- North Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Elko (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Henderson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Winnemucca (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sparks (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Reno (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Las Vegas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fernley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Boulder City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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
More on Mesquite: Homes For Sale | Data
Mesquite is a U.S. city in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles (130 km) northeast of Las Vegas on Interstate 15. As of 2015, the United States Census estimates that the city had a population of 17,496. The city is located in the Virgin River valley adjacent to the Virgin Mountains in the northeastern part of the Mojave Desert. It is home to a growing retirement community, as well as several casino resorts and golf courses.
2. North Las Vegas
Population: 20,078 Population 2010: 17,784
Growth Rate: 12.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,294
More on Elko: Homes For Sale | Data
Coordinates: 40°50N 115°46W / 40.833°N 115.767°W / 40.833; -115.767 Elko (Shoshoni: Natakkoa, “Rocks Piled on One Another”) is the largest city and county seat of Elko County, Nevada, United States. The population was 18,297 at the 2010 census. The city straddles the Humboldt River.
Population: 277,872 Population 2010: 249,250
Growth Rate: 11.48%
Absolute Growth: 28,622
More on Henderson: Homes For Sale | Data
Henderson, officially the City of Henderson, is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas. It is the second-largest city in Nevada, after Las Vegas, with an estimated population of 292,969 in 2016. The city is part of the Las Vegas metropolitan area, which spans the entire Las Vegas Valley. Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of approximately 1,330 feet (410 m).
Population: 94,718 Population 2010: 87,301
Growth Rate: 8.5%
Absolute Growth: 7,417
More on Sparks: Homes For Sale | Data
Sparks is a city in Washoe County, Nevada, United States. It was founded in 1904 and incorporated on March 15, 1905, and is located just east of Reno. The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau population count was 90,264. It is the fifth most populous city in Nevada. It is named after the late Nevada Governor John Sparks, a member of the Silver Party.
Population: 237,121 Population 2010: 220,996
Growth Rate: 7.3%
Absolute Growth: 16,125
More on Reno: Homes For Sale | Data
Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles (35 km) from Lake Tahoe. Known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”, Reno is famous for its hotels and casinos and as the birthplace of Harrah’s Entertainment (now known as Caesars Entertainment Corporation). It is the county seat of Washoe County, in the northwestern part of the state. The city sits in a high desert at the foot of the Sierra Nevada and its downtown area (along with Sparks) occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.
8. Las Vegas
Population: 613,295 Population 2010: 579,786
Growth Rate: 5.78%
Absolute Growth: 33,509
More on Las Vegas: Homes For Sale | Data
Las Vegas (/ls ves/, Spanish for “The Meadows”), officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.
Population: 19,228 Population 2010: 18,378
Growth Rate: 4.63%
Absolute Growth: 850
More on Fernley: Homes For Sale | Data
Coordinates: 39°3555N 119°1254W / 39.59861°N 119.21500°W / 39.59861; -119.21500 Fernley is a city in Lyon County, Nevada, United States, east of the Reno–Sparks metropolitan area. The city incorporated in 2001; prior to that it was a census-designated place (CDP). The population of the city was 19,368 at the 2010 census. Fernley is home to the Reno-Fernley Raceway.
10. Boulder City
Population: 15,373 Population 2010: 15,399
Growth Rate: -0.17%
Absolute Growth: -26
More on Boulder City: Homes For Sale | Data
Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada. It is approximately 26 miles (42 km) southeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2010 census, the population of Boulder City was 15,023.
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:
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Nevada
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Nevada
- 5 Most Dangerous Cities In Nevada
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Nevada
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