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 Manchester and Nashua, while others want peace and quiet like in Franklin and Berlin, 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 New Hampshire 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 Granite 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 New Hampshire are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Granite 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 13 New Hampshire 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 Granite 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: 13,474 Population 2010: 13,127
Growth Rate: 2.64%
Absolute Growth: 347
Population: 30,332 Population 2010: 29,679
Growth Rate: 2.2%
Absolute Growth: 653
Population: 21,366 Population 2010: 20,963
Growth Rate: 1.92%
Absolute Growth: 403
Population: 29,883 Population 2010: 29,801
Growth Rate: 0.28%
Absolute Growth: 82
Population: 110,065 Population 2010: 109,791
Growth Rate: 0.25%
Absolute Growth: 274
Population: 86,799 Population 2010: 87,042
Growth Rate: -0.28%
Absolute Growth: -243
Population: 11,765 Population 2010: 11,822
Growth Rate: -0.48%
Absolute Growth: -57
Population: 42,514 Population 2010: 42,961
Growth Rate: -1.04%
Absolute Growth: -447
Population: 23,281 Population 2010: 23,547
Growth Rate: -1.13%
Absolute Growth: -266
Population: 16,007 Population 2010: 16,219
Growth Rate: -1.31%
Absolute Growth: -212
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in New Hampshire are led by Lebanon 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!
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