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 Providence and Warwick, while others want peace and quiet like in Central Falls and Newport, 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 Rhode Island 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 Ocean State that have people climbing over each other to get in:
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 Rhode Island are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Ocean 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 8 Rhode Island 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 Ocean 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: 178,562 Population 2010: 178,286
Growth Rate: 0.15%
Absolute Growth: 276
Population: 80,680 Population 2010: 80,580
Growth Rate: 0.12%
Absolute Growth: 100
3. Central Falls
Population: 19,406 Population 2010: 19,391
Growth Rate: 0.08%
Absolute Growth: 15
Population: 71,313 Population 2010: 71,662
Growth Rate: -0.49%
Absolute Growth: -349
5. East Providence
Population: 47,166 Population 2010: 47,491
Growth Rate: -0.68%
Absolute Growth: -325
Population: 41,136 Population 2010: 41,682
Growth Rate: -1.31%
Absolute Growth: -546
Population: 24,599 Population 2010: 24,957
Growth Rate: -1.43%
Absolute Growth: -358
Population: 82,065 Population 2010: 83,676
Growth Rate: -1.93%
Absolute Growth: -1,611
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Rhode Island are led by Providence 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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