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 Charlotte and Raleigh, while others want peace and quiet like in Long View and Angier, 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 North Carolina 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 Tar Heel State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in North Carolina for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Rolesville (Photos)
- Fuquay-Varina (Photos)
- Morrisville (Photos)
- Holly Springs
- Wake Forest (Photos)
- Knightdale (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Rolesville, 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 North Carolina are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Tar Heel 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 134 North Carolina 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 Tar Heel 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: 5,583 Population 2010: 3,289
Growth Rate: 69.75%
Absolute Growth: 2,294
Population: 17,023 Population 2010: 11,925
Growth Rate: 42.75%
Absolute Growth: 5,098
Population: 12,398 Population 2010: 8,754
Growth Rate: 41.63%
Absolute Growth: 3,644
Population: 22,722 Population 2010: 16,152
Growth Rate: 40.68%
Absolute Growth: 6,570
Population: 14,500 Population 2010: 10,328
Growth Rate: 40.4%
Absolute Growth: 4,172
Population: 22,600 Population 2010: 16,147
Growth Rate: 39.96%
Absolute Growth: 6,453
7. Holly Springs
Population: 30,126 Population 2010: 21,968
Growth Rate: 37.14%
Absolute Growth: 8,158
8. Wake Forest
Population: 36,472 Population 2010: 26,790
Growth Rate: 36.14%
Absolute Growth: 9,682
Population: 13,787 Population 2010: 10,477
Growth Rate: 31.59%
Absolute Growth: 3,310
Population: 13,592 Population 2010: 10,401
Growth Rate: 30.68%
Absolute Growth: 3,191
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in North Carolina are led by Rolesville 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 North Carolina reading , check out:
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- These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In North Carolina
- These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In North Carolina
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In North Carolina
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