Fastest Growing Cities In Nevada For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Nevada everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Nevada.

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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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Nevada for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Mesquite ranks as the fastest growing city in Nevada. 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Nevada or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Nevada state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Nevada For 2020

Mesquite, NV

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Population: 17,904
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 14,608
Percent Growth 22.6%
Absolute Growth: 3,296
More on Mesquite: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Mesquite is a U.S. city in Clark County, Nevada, adjacent to the Arizona state line and 80 miles 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.

Henderson, NV

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Population: 291,346
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 249,250
Percent Growth 16.9%
Absolute Growth: 42,096
More on Henderson: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

North Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 236,986
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 203,951
Percent Growth 16.2%
Absolute Growth: 33,035
More on North Las Vegas: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

North Las Vegas is a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States, in the Las Vegas Valley. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 216,961, with an estimated population of 249,180 in 2017. The city was incorporated on May 16, 1946. It is in the Las Vegas-Paradise, NV MSA and is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada.

Elko, NV

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Population: 20,247
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 17,784
Percent Growth 13.8%
Absolute Growth: 2,463
More on Elko: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Coordinates: 4050N 11546W 40.833; -115.767 Elko 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.

Sparks, NV

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Population: 98,524
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 87,301
Percent Growth 12.9%
Absolute Growth: 11,223
More on Sparks: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Reno, NV

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Population: 242,633
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 220,996
Percent Growth 9.8%
Absolute Growth: 21,637
More on Reno: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Reno is a city in the U.S. state of Nevada. It is in Northern Nevada, approximately 22 miles 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. 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 occupies a valley informally known as the Truckee Meadows. It is named after Jesse L. Reno.

Winnemucca, NV

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Population: 7,798
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,142
Percent Growth 9.2%
Absolute Growth: 656
More on Winnemucca: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Winnemucca ) is the only incorporated city in and is the county seat of Humboldt County, Nevada, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 7,396, up 3.1 percent from the 2000 census figure of 7,174. Interstate 80 passes through the city, where it meets U.S. Route 95.

Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 626,637
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 579,786
Percent Growth 8.1%
Absolute Growth: 46,851
More on Las Vegas: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Las Vegas, 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.

Fernley, NV

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Population: 19,573
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 18,378
Percent Growth 6.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,195
More on Fernley: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Coordinates: 393555N 1191254W 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. The population of the city was 19,368 at the 2010 census. Fernley is home to the Reno-Fernley Raceway.

Boulder City, NV

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Population: 15,680
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 15,399
Percent Growth 1.8%
Absolute Growth: 281
More on Boulder City: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Boulder City is a city in Clark County, Nevada. It is approximately 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas. As of the 2010 census, the population of Boulder City was 15,023.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Silver State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Nevada, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Fallon
  2. Carson City
  3. Boulder City

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Nevada For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Mesquite 22.6% 17,904 14,608
2 Henderson 16.9% 291,346 249,250
3 North Las Vegas 16.2% 236,986 203,951
4 Elko 13.8% 20,247 17,784
5 Sparks 12.9% 98,524 87,301
6 Reno 9.8% 242,633 220,996
7 Winnemucca 9.2% 7,798 7,142
8 Las Vegas 8.1% 626,637 579,786
9 Fernley 6.5% 19,573 18,378
10 Boulder City 1.8% 15,680 15,399

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