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 Munroe Falls and Wellington, 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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Ohio for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Hilliard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Powell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Avon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Monroe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Pickerington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Grove City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- North Ridgeville (Homes For Sale)
- Harrison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Dublin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Delaware (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Hilliard, 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 Ohio are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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 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 248 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 33,108 Population 2010: 27,505
Growth Rate: 20.37%
Absolute Growth: 5,603
More on Hilliard: Homes For Sale | Data
Hilliard is a city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States. The population was 28,435 at the 2010 census with a census estimate of 31,012 in 2013. It is a suburb of Columbus, Ohio and part of Norwich Township. Hilliard is home to the Early Television Museum (only one in United States), the second largest First Responders Park in the United States, Heritage Rail Trail and Bo Jackson Elite Sports Facility. Hilliard also has the only flag from the World Trade Center that is not in a museum. The flag is located in front of the fire department on Northwest Pkwy.
Population: 22,289 Population 2010: 19,514
Growth Rate: 14.22%
Absolute Growth: 2,775
More on Avon: Homes For Sale | Data
Avon is a city in Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The population was 21,193 at the 2010 census.
Population: 13,552 Population 2010: 11,868
Growth Rate: 14.19%
Absolute Growth: 1,684
More on Monroe: Homes For Sale | Data
Monroe is a city located in east central Butler and west central Warren counties in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 Census, the city population was 12,442, up from 4,008 in 1990.
6. Grove City
Population: 38,374 Population 2010: 33,947
Growth Rate: 13.04%
Absolute Growth: 4,427
More on Grove City: Homes For Sale | Data
Grove City is a city in Franklin County, Ohio, United States which was founded in 1852. The population was 35,575 at the 2010 census.
7. North Ridgeville
Population: 31,832 Population 2010: 28,303
Growth Rate: 12.47%
Absolute Growth: 3,529
More on North Ridgeville: Homes For Sale | Data
North Ridgeville is a city located along the eastern border of Lorain County, Ohio, United States. The city’s population was 29,465 at the 2010 census. A west side suburb of Cleveland, North Ridgeville was the fastest-growing city in the entire Greater Cleveland area.
Population: 10,522 Population 2010: 9,394
Growth Rate: 12.01%
Absolute Growth: 1,128
More on Harrison: Homes For Sale | Data
Harrison is a city in Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The city is located in the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area. The population was 9,897 at the 2010 census and was estimated in 2016 to be 11,048.
Population: 43,874 Population 2010: 39,245
Growth Rate: 11.8%
Absolute Growth: 4,629
More on Dublin: Homes For Sale | Data
Dublin is an affluent city in Franklin, Delaware, and Union counties in the U.S. state of Ohio. The population was 41,751 at the 2010 census. Dublin is a suburb of Columbus, Ohio.
Population: 37,554 Population 2010: 33,672
Growth Rate: 11.53%
Absolute Growth: 3,882
More on Delaware: Homes For Sale | Data
Delaware is a city in and the county seat of Delaware County, Ohio, United States. Delaware was founded in 1808 and was incorporated in 1816. It is located near the center of Ohio, is about 30 miles (48 km) north of Columbus, and is part of the Columbus, Ohio Metropolitan Area. The population was 34,753 at the 2010 census, while the Columbus-Marion-Chillicothe, OH Combined Statistical Area has 2,002,604 people.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Ohio are led by Hilliard 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!
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