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 Ahoskie and Ayden, 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:
- Holly Springs
- Wake Forest
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 North Carolina are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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 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 132 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population 2014: 13,549 Population 2010: 10,328
Growth Rate: 31.19%
Absolute Growth: 3,221
Population 2014: 15,316 Population 2010: 11,925
Growth Rate: 28.44%
Absolute Growth: 3,391
Population: 20,728 Population 2010: 16,147
Growth Rate: 28.37%
Absolute Growth: 4,581
Population: 20,246 Population 2010: 16,152
Growth Rate: 25.35%
Absolute Growth: 4,094
5. Holly Springs
Population: 27,339 Population 2010: 21,968
Growth Rate: 24.45%
Absolute Growth: 5,371
6. Wake Forest
Population: 33,319 Population 2010: 26,790
Growth Rate: 24.37%
Absolute Growth: 6,529
Population: 10,878 Population 2010: 8,754
Growth Rate: 24.26%
Absolute Growth: 2,124
Population: 12,692 Population 2010: 10,477
Growth Rate: 21.14%
Absolute Growth: 2,215
Population: 12,509 Population 2010: 10,401
Growth Rate: 20.27%
Absolute Growth: 2,108
Population: 15,052 Population 2010: 12,521
Growth Rate: 20.21%
Absolute Growth: 2,531
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in North Carolina are led by Harrisburg 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 North Carolina reading , check out:
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- The 10 Bona Fide Happiest Cities In North Carolina
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In North Carolina
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