These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Ohio For 2018


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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 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:

  1. Hilliard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Powell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Avon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Monroe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Pickerington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Grove City (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. North Ridgeville (Homes For Sale)
  8. Harrison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Dublin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Ohio or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Ohio with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in ohio

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1. Hilliard

Hilliard, Ohio

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.

2. Powell

Powell, Ohio

Population: 12,436
Population 2010: 10,773
Growth Rate: 15.44%
Absolute Growth: 1,663
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3. Avon

Avon, Ohio

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.

4. Monroe

Monroe, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 13,552
Population 2010: 11,868
Growth Rate: 14.19%
Absolute Growth: 1,684
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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.

5. Pickerington

Pickerington, Ohio

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,379
Population 2010: 17,003
Growth Rate: 13.97%
Absolute Growth: 2,376
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6. Grove City

Grove City, Ohio

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.[citation needed]

8. Harrison

Harrison, Ohio

Source: Public domain

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.

9. Dublin

Dublin, Ohio

Population: 43,874
Population 2010: 39,245
Growth Rate: 11.8%
Absolute Growth: 4,629
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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.

10. Delaware

Delaware, 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!

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Ohio

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Hilliard 33,108 27,505 5,603 20.4%
2 Powell 12,436 10,773 1,663 15.4%
3 Avon 22,289 19,514 2,775 14.2%
4 Monroe 13,552 11,868 1,684 14.2%
5 Pickerington 19,379 17,003 2,376 14.0%
6 Grove City 38,374 33,947 4,427 13.0%
7 North Ridgeville 31,832 28,303 3,529 12.5%
8 Harrison 10,522 9,394 1,128 12.0%
9 Dublin 43,874 39,245 4,629 11.8%
10 Delaware 37,554 33,672 3,882 11.5%
11 Trenton 12,477 11,354 1,123 9.9%
12 Grandview Heights 7,191 6,548 643 9.8%
13 Columbus 837,038 770,407 66,631 8.6%
14 Pataskala 15,225 14,170 1,055 7.4%
15 Marysville 22,860 21,296 1,564 7.3%
16 Mason 32,025 29,862 2,163 7.2%
17 Amelia 5,132 4,786 346 7.2%
18 Macedonia 11,595 10,863 732 6.7%
19 Loveland 12,641 11,845 796 6.7%
20 Wadsworth 22,578 21,211 1,367 6.4%
21 Avon Lake 23,221 21,882 1,339 6.1%
22 Lexington 5,484 5,174 310 6.0%
23 Westerville 38,089 35,970 2,119 5.9%
24 Reynoldsburg 36,995 34,974 2,021 5.8%
25 Union 6,569 6,218 351 5.6%
26 Brookville 5,993 5,675 318 5.6%
27 Gahanna 34,373 32,590 1,783 5.5%
28 Streetsboro 16,224 15,383 841 5.5%
29 Perrysburg 21,367 20,264 1,103 5.4%
30 Springboro 17,978 17,072 906 5.3%
31 Upper Sandusky 6,917 6,579 338 5.1%
32 Bowling Green 31,641 30,211 1,430 4.7%
33 Beavercreek 46,086 44,064 2,022 4.6%
34 Fairborn 33,487 32,156 1,331 4.1%
35 Bexley 13,534 13,020 514 3.9%
36 Heath 10,471 10,074 397 3.9%
37 Athens 24,365 23,484 881 3.8%
38 London 10,058 9,709 349 3.6%
39 Sharonville 13,782 13,311 471 3.5%
40 Troy 25,684 24,828 856 3.4%
41 Aurora 15,712 15,196 516 3.4%
42 Pepper Pike 6,150 5,951 199 3.3%
43 Kent 29,761 28,845 916 3.2%
44 Broadview Heights 19,257 18,674 583 3.1%
45 Upper Arlington 34,675 33,645 1,030 3.1%
46 Circleville 13,761 13,358 403 3.0%
47 Lebanon 20,536 19,943 593 3.0%
48 Rossford 6,514 6,328 186 2.9%
49 Madeira 8,924 8,674 250 2.9%
50 Montgomery 10,440 10,150 290 2.9%
51 Painesville 19,735 19,191 544 2.8%
52 Wellington 5,063 4,926 137 2.8%
53 Fostoria 13,397 13,041 356 2.7%
54 Worthington 14,155 13,779 376 2.7%
55 Wooster 26,773 26,097 676 2.6%
56 Milford 6,833 6,664 169 2.5%
57 Huber Heights 38,795 37,837 958 2.5%
58 Granville 5,725 5,593 132 2.4%
59 Whitehall 18,596 18,169 427 2.4%
60 Englewood 13,512 13,205 307 2.3%
61 Wauseon 7,059 6,905 154 2.2%
62 Louisville 9,318 9,121 197 2.2%
63 Lancaster 39,483 38,657 826 2.1%
64 Xenia 26,105 25,592 513 2.0%
65 Wyoming 8,484 8,318 166 2.0%
66 Tipp City 9,834 9,645 189 2.0%
67 Green 25,713 25,224 489 1.9%
68 Oxford 21,941 21,532 409 1.9%
69 Napoleon 8,659 8,501 158 1.9%
70 Newark 48,477 47,605 872 1.8%
71 Twinsburg 18,851 18,512 339 1.8%
72 Springdale 11,205 11,019 186 1.7%
73 Olmsted Falls 8,889 8,752 137 1.6%
74 Columbiana 6,463 6,369 94 1.5%
75 Highland Heights 8,366 8,245 121 1.5%
76 Toronto 5,087 5,015 72 1.4%
77 Bellbrook 7,082 6,989 93 1.3%
78 Willoughby 22,495 22,238 257 1.2%
79 Willoughby Hills 9,497 9,390 107 1.1%
80 North Royalton 30,302 29,965 337 1.1%
81 Delphos 7,216 7,151 65 0.9%
82 Defiance 16,725 16,575 150 0.9%
83 Dover 12,886 12,776 110 0.9%
84 Tallmadge 17,488 17,349 139 0.8%
85 Blue Ash 12,154 12,059 95 0.8%
86 Stow 34,746 34,476 270 0.8%
87 Massillon 32,268 32,020 248 0.8%
88 The Village Of Indian Hill 5,803 5,760 43 0.7%
89 Portsmouth 20,393 20,244 149 0.7%
90 New Philadelphia 17,412 17,292 120 0.7%
91 Bellefontaine 13,211 13,123 88 0.7%
92 Canal Fulton 5,464 5,428 36 0.7%
93 Oberlin 8,353 8,298 55 0.7%
94 Strongsville 44,622 44,360 262 0.6%
95 Findlay 41,412 41,189 223 0.5%
96 Independence 7,115 7,079 36 0.5%
97 Brunswick 34,578 34,406 172 0.5%
98 North Canton 17,422 17,344 78 0.4%
99 Solon 23,085 22,983 102 0.4%
100 Ontario 6,117 6,091 26 0.4%

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