These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Ohio


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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 Columbus and Cleveland, while others want peace and quiet like in Wellington and Munroe Falls, 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 Ohio 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 Buckeye State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. South Lebanon
  2. Monroe
  3. Hilliard
  4. Brookville
  5. Pickerington
  6. Avon
  7. Powell
  8. Amelia
  9. Lexington
  10. Grove City

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 Ohio are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Buckeye 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 249 Ohio 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 Buckeye 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]

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1. South Lebanon


Population 2014: 5,215
Population 2010: 3,809
Growth Rate: 36.91%
Absolute Growth: 1,406

2. Monroe

Monroe, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,633
Population 2010: 11,868
Growth Rate: 14.87%
Absolute Growth: 1,765

3. Hilliard

Hilliard, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,815
Population 2010: 27,505
Growth Rate: 12.03%
Absolute Growth: 3,310

4. Brookville

Brookville, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,351
Population 2010: 5,675
Growth Rate: 11.91%
Absolute Growth: 676

5. Pickerington

Pickerington, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,014
Population 2010: 17,003
Growth Rate: 11.83%
Absolute Growth: 2,011

6. Avon

Avon, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,783
Population 2010: 19,514
Growth Rate: 11.63%
Absolute Growth: 2,269

7. Powell

Powell, Ohio

Source: Flickr

Population: 12,012
Population 2010: 10,773
Growth Rate: 11.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,239

8. Amelia

Amelia, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,323
Population 2010: 4,786
Growth Rate: 11.22%
Absolute Growth: 537

9. Lexington

Lexington, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,706
Population 2010: 5,174
Growth Rate: 10.28%
Absolute Growth: 532

10. Grove City

Grove City, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,981
Population 2010: 33,947
Growth Rate: 8.94%
Absolute Growth: 3,034

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Ohio are led by South 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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Ohio

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
South Lebanon 1 5,215 3,809 1,406 36.9%
Monroe 2 13,633 11,868 1,765 14.9%
Hilliard 3 30,815 27,505 3,310 12.0%
Brookville 4 6,351 5,675 676 11.9%
Pickerington 5 19,014 17,003 2,011 11.8%
Avon 6 21,783 19,514 2,269 11.6%
Powell 7 12,012 10,773 1,239 11.5%
Amelia 8 5,323 4,786 537 11.2%
Lexington 9 5,706 5,174 532 10.3%
Grove City 10 36,981 33,947 3,034 8.9%
Harrison 11 10,212 9,394 818 8.7%
North Ridgeville 12 30,680 28,303 2,377 8.4%
Dublin 13 42,378 39,245 3,133 8.0%
Delaware 14 36,188 33,672 2,516 7.5%
Nelsonville 15 5,596 5,228 368 7.0%
Marysville 16 22,773 21,296 1,477 6.9%
Trenton 17 12,091 11,354 737 6.5%
Pataskala 18 15,069 14,170 899 6.3%
Columbus 19 811,943 770,407 41,536 5.4%
Napoleon 20 8,940 8,501 439 5.2%
Streetsboro 21 16,152 15,383 769 5.0%
Loveland 22 12,425 11,845 580 4.9%
Mason 23 31,289 29,862 1,427 4.8%
Macedonia 24 11,364 10,863 501 4.6%
Avon Lake 25 22,881 21,882 999 4.6%
John 26 5,154 4,933 221 4.5%
Grandview Heights 27 6,836 6,548 288 4.4%
Perrysburg 28 21,122 20,264 858 4.2%
Reynoldsburg 29 36,439 34,974 1,465 4.2%
Sharonville 30 13,836 13,311 525 3.9%
Bowling Green 31 31,366 30,211 1,155 3.8%
Beavercreek 32 45,738 44,064 1,674 3.8%
Gahanna 33 33,786 32,590 1,196 3.7%
Broadview Heights 34 19,309 18,674 635 3.4%
Union 35 6,425 6,218 207 3.3%
Upper Sandusky 36 6,792 6,579 213 3.2%
Westerville 37 37,101 35,970 1,131 3.1%
Heath 38 10,381 10,074 307 3.0%
Athens 39 24,151 23,484 667 2.8%
Fairborn 40 33,039 32,156 883 2.7%
Painesville 41 19,689 19,191 498 2.6%
Wadsworth 42 21,752 21,211 541 2.6%
Springboro 43 17,499 17,072 427 2.5%
Aurora 44 15,568 15,196 372 2.4%
Green 45 25,835 25,224 611 2.4%
London 46 9,924 9,709 215 2.2%
Olmsted Falls 47 8,943 8,752 191 2.2%
Pepper Pike 48 6,079 5,951 128 2.2%
Bexley 49 13,286 13,020 266 2.0%
Troy 50 25,334 24,828 506 2.0%
Englewood 51 13,468 13,205 263 2.0%
Lebanon 52 20,338 19,943 395 2.0%
Kent 53 29,367 28,845 522 1.8%
Montgomery 54 10,332 10,150 182 1.8%
Granville 55 5,689 5,593 96 1.7%
Huber Heights 56 38,484 37,837 647 1.7%
Rossford 57 6,434 6,328 106 1.7%
Springdale 58 11,201 11,019 182 1.7%
Upper Arlington 59 34,191 33,645 546 1.6%
Delphos 60 7,267 7,151 116 1.6%
Wellington 61 5,004 4,926 78 1.6%
Twinsburg 62 18,784 18,512 272 1.5%
Madeira 63 8,801 8,674 127 1.5%
Ada 64 6,112 6,028 84 1.4%
Tipp City 65 9,778 9,645 133 1.4%
North Royalton 66 30,353 29,965 388 1.3%
Milford 67 6,748 6,664 84 1.3%
Xenia 68 25,903 25,592 311 1.2%
Clyde 69 6,350 6,275 75 1.2%
Whitehall 70 18,383 18,169 214 1.2%
Lancaster 71 39,105 38,657 448 1.2%
Ontario 72 6,160 6,091 69 1.1%
Wyoming 73 8,404 8,318 86 1.0%
Wooster 74 26,353 26,097 256 1.0%
Highland Heights 75 8,324 8,245 79 1.0%
Canal Fulton 76 5,479 5,428 51 0.9%
Miamisburg 77 20,168 19,986 182 0.9%
Solon 78 23,177 22,983 194 0.8%
Oberlin 79 8,368 8,298 70 0.8%
Vandalia 80 15,220 15,095 125 0.8%
Oregon 81 20,282 20,118 164 0.8%
Independence 82 7,136 7,079 57 0.8%
Stow 83 34,741 34,476 265 0.8%
The Village Of Indian Hill 84 5,802 5,760 42 0.7%
Wauseon 85 6,953 6,905 48 0.7%
Bellbrook 86 7,035 6,989 46 0.7%
Tallmadge 87 17,463 17,349 114 0.7%
Strongsville 88 44,649 44,360 289 0.7%
Massillon 89 32,224 32,020 204 0.6%
Centerville 90 23,986 23,838 148 0.6%
Willoughby Hills 91 9,446 9,390 56 0.6%
Willoughby 92 22,361 22,238 123 0.6%
Blue Ash 93 12,124 12,059 65 0.5%
North Canton 94 17,437 17,344 93 0.5%
Westlake 95 32,513 32,350 163 0.5%
Dover 96 12,839 12,776 63 0.5%
Defiance 97 16,646 16,575 71 0.4%
Ironton 98 11,190 11,143 47 0.4%
Amherst 99 12,080 12,031 49 0.4%
Portsmouth 100 20,320 20,244 76 0.4%
Sidney 101 21,126 21,047 79 0.4%
Norton 102 12,052 12,008 44 0.4%
Berea 103 19,044 18,981 63 0.3%
Louisville 104 9,151 9,121 30 0.3%
Washington Court House 105 14,123 14,077 46 0.3%
Mount Vernon 106 16,919 16,864 55 0.3%
Cortland 107 7,050 7,028 22 0.3%
Conneaut 108 12,836 12,798 38 0.3%
Newark 109 47,744 47,605 139 0.3%
Circleville 110 13,395 13,358 37 0.3%
Findlay 111 41,297 41,189 108 0.3%
New Philadelphia 112 17,334 17,292 42 0.2%
Forest Park 113 18,685 18,642 43 0.2%
Middleburg Heights 114 15,823 15,798 25 0.2%
Bellefontaine 115 13,141 13,123 18 0.1%
Brunswick 116 34,438 34,406 32 0.1%
Oxford 117 21,552 21,532 20 0.1%
Hudson 118 22,351 22,331 20 0.1%
Kirtland 119 6,838 6,836 2 0.0%
Fairfield 120 42,643 42,634 9 0.0%
Piqua 121 20,649 20,659 -10 -0.0%
Brecksville 122 13,543 13,550 -7 -0.1%
Kettering 123 56,138 56,182 -44 -0.1%
Munroe Falls 124 5,037 5,043 -6 -0.1%
Clayton 125 13,212 13,232 -20 -0.2%
Hamilton 126 62,366 62,466 -100 -0.2%
Rocky River 127 20,145 20,196 -51 -0.3%
Fostoria 128 13,003 13,041 -38 -0.3%
Shelby 129 9,149 9,177 -28 -0.3%
Deer Park 130 5,720 5,738 -18 -0.3%
Sylvania 131 18,923 18,989 -66 -0.3%
Worthington 132 13,727 13,779 -52 -0.4%
Jackson 133 6,343 6,368 -25 -0.4%
Chardon 134 5,161 5,182 -21 -0.4%
Oakwood 135 9,150 9,188 -38 -0.4%
Medina 136 26,544 26,657 -113 -0.4%
Wapakoneta 137 9,853 9,896 -43 -0.4%
Columbiana 138 6,341 6,369 -28 -0.4%
New Franklin 139 14,245 14,309 -64 -0.4%
Norwalk 140 16,927 17,008 -81 -0.5%
Celina 141 10,374 10,424 -50 -0.5%
Zanesville 142 25,444 25,567 -123 -0.5%
Mount Healthy 143 6,061 6,091 -30 -0.5%
Fairlawn 144 7,430 7,469 -39 -0.5%
Seven Hills 145 11,735 11,797 -62 -0.5%
Tiffin 146 17,835 17,937 -102 -0.6%
Richmond Heights 147 10,508 10,570 -62 -0.6%
Orrville 148 8,389 8,439 -50 -0.6%
Reading 149 10,357 10,421 -64 -0.6%
Beachwood 150 11,855 11,932 -77 -0.6%
Canfield 151 7,443 7,493 -50 -0.7%
Mayfield Heights 152 18,973 19,109 -136 -0.7%
North College Hill 153 9,366 9,436 -70 -0.7%
Northwood 154 5,285 5,325 -40 -0.8%
Steubenville 155 18,437 18,578 -141 -0.8%
Cuyahoga Falls 156 49,316 49,710 -394 -0.8%
St. Clairsville 157 5,151 5,193 -42 -0.8%
Marion 158 36,791 37,092 -301 -0.8%
Belpre 159 6,431 6,485 -54 -0.8%
Willowick 160 14,084 14,209 -125 -0.9%
Chillicothe 161 21,802 21,996 -194 -0.9%
Bay Village 162 15,508 15,647 -139 -0.9%
Moraine 163 6,333 6,390 -57 -0.9%
Brooklyn 164 11,047 11,156 -109 -1.0%
Cheviot 165 8,330 8,413 -83 -1.0%
Eaton 166 8,334 8,418 -84 -1.0%
Rittman 167 6,457 6,523 -66 -1.0%
Cincinnati 168 297,117 300,165 -3,048 -1.0%
Bedford Heights 169 10,680 10,796 -116 -1.1%
Hillsboro 170 6,570 6,643 -73 -1.1%
Ashland 171 20,421 20,648 -227 -1.1%
Greenville 172 13,121 13,267 -146 -1.1%
Bryan 173 8,523 8,621 -98 -1.1%
West Carrollton 174 13,087 13,241 -154 -1.2%
Ravenna 175 11,635 11,773 -138 -1.2%
Logan 176 7,314 7,403 -89 -1.2%
Uhrichsville 177 5,408 5,474 -66 -1.2%
Lima 178 38,432 38,902 -470 -1.2%
Franklin 179 11,817 11,962 -145 -1.2%
South Euclid 180 22,052 22,327 -275 -1.2%
University Heights 181 13,404 13,573 -169 -1.2%
North Olmsted 182 32,374 32,792 -418 -1.3%
Marietta 183 14,029 14,211 -182 -1.3%
Urbana 184 11,587 11,739 -152 -1.3%
Mentor 185 47,008 47,637 -629 -1.3%
Shaker Heights 186 28,071 28,458 -387 -1.4%
Salem 187 12,214 12,383 -169 -1.4%
Middletown 188 48,256 48,944 -688 -1.4%
Wickliffe 189 12,671 12,852 -181 -1.4%
New Carlisle 190 5,732 5,814 -82 -1.4%
Parma Heights 191 20,490 20,784 -294 -1.4%
Elyria 192 54,216 55,003 -787 -1.4%
Riverside 193 25,143 25,511 -368 -1.4%
Sheffield Lake 194 9,090 9,224 -134 -1.5%
Parma 195 80,699 81,894 -1,195 -1.5%
Martins Ferry 196 6,850 6,953 -103 -1.5%
St. Marys 197 8,193 8,317 -124 -1.5%
Norwood 198 19,170 19,463 -293 -1.5%
Bellevue 199 8,157 8,282 -125 -1.5%
Coshocton 200 11,179 11,351 -172 -1.5%
Alliance 201 22,196 22,545 -349 -1.5%
Fairview Park 202 16,625 16,894 -269 -1.6%
Van Wert 203 10,859 11,040 -181 -1.6%
Port Clinton 204 6,038 6,140 -102 -1.7%
Hubbard 205 7,787 7,920 -133 -1.7%
Wilmington 206 12,424 12,640 -216 -1.7%
Barberton 207 26,375 26,842 -467 -1.7%
Maumee 208 14,148 14,419 -271 -1.9%
Garfield Heights 209 28,492 29,058 -566 -1.9%
Sandusky 210 25,626 26,147 -521 -2.0%
Mentor-On-The-Lake 211 7,430 7,584 -154 -2.0%
Lyndhurst 212 13,856 14,144 -288 -2.0%
Huron 213 7,095 7,243 -148 -2.0%
Lorain 214 63,885 65,221 -1,336 -2.0%
Bedford 215 12,927 13,201 -274 -2.1%
Euclid 216 48,313 49,338 -1,025 -2.1%
Springfield 217 60,216 61,498 -1,282 -2.1%
Geneva 218 6,158 6,291 -133 -2.1%
Akron 219 198,492 202,814 -4,322 -2.1%
Niles 220 19,028 19,464 -436 -2.2%
Eastlake 221 18,448 18,879 -431 -2.3%
Brook Park 222 19,027 19,472 -445 -2.3%
Trotwood 223 24,322 24,904 -582 -2.3%
Lakewood 224 51,434 52,674 -1,240 -2.4%
Fremont 225 16,555 16,959 -404 -2.4%
Canton 226 72,668 74,451 -1,783 -2.4%
Cleveland Heights 227 45,657 46,797 -1,140 -2.4%
Cambridge 228 10,558 10,831 -273 -2.5%
Wellston 229 5,590 5,737 -147 -2.6%
Dayton 230 141,776 145,609 -3,833 -2.6%
Warrensville Heights 231 13,387 13,749 -362 -2.6%
Toledo 232 283,932 291,851 -7,919 -2.7%
Struthers 233 10,574 10,892 -318 -2.9%
Bucyrus 234 12,140 12,506 -366 -2.9%
Maple Heights 235 22,880 23,575 -695 -2.9%
Mansfield 236 47,150 48,799 -1,649 -3.4%
Galion 237 10,314 10,679 -365 -3.4%
Willard 238 6,163 6,382 -219 -3.4%
Vermilion 239 10,415 10,789 -374 -3.5%
Ashtabula 240 18,819 19,508 -689 -3.5%
Campbell 241 8,127 8,444 -317 -3.8%
East Liverpool 242 11,065 11,535 -470 -4.1%
Warren 243 40,925 42,667 -1,742 -4.1%
Cleveland 244 392,114 409,221 -17,107 -4.2%
Girard 245 9,799 10,258 -459 -4.5%
Youngstown 246 66,013 69,585 -3,572 -5.1%
Grafton 247 6,145 6,515 -370 -5.7%
Kenton 248 7,783 8,356 -573 -6.9%
East Cleveland 249 17,619 19,426 -1,807 -9.3%

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