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 Memphis and Nashville, while others want peace and quiet like in Sparta and Jonesborough, 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 Tennessee 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 Volunteer State that have people climbing over each other to get in:
- Spring Hill
- Mount Juliet
- Signal Mountain
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 Tennessee are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Volunteer 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 97 Tennessee 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 Volunteer 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]
1. Spring Hill
Population: 31,467 Population 2010: 25,415
Growth Rate: 23.81%
Absolute Growth: 6,052
2. Mount Juliet
Population: 27,053 Population 2010: 21,922
Growth Rate: 23.41%
Absolute Growth: 5,131
Population: 9,488 Population 2010: 7,937
Growth Rate: 19.54%
Absolute Growth: 1,551
Population: 6,944 Population 2010: 5,815
Growth Rate: 19.42%
Absolute Growth: 1,129
Population: 11,623 Population 2010: 9,925
Growth Rate: 17.11%
Absolute Growth: 1,698
Population: 6,131 Population 2010: 5,351
Growth Rate: 14.58%
Absolute Growth: 780
Population: 8,727 Population 2010: 7,629
Growth Rate: 14.39%
Absolute Growth: 1,098
8. Signal Mountain
Population: 8,416 Population 2010: 7,481
Growth Rate: 12.5%
Absolute Growth: 935
Population: 114,660 Population 2010: 102,602
Growth Rate: 11.75%
Absolute Growth: 12,058
Population: 140,563 Population 2010: 126,148
Growth Rate: 11.43%
Absolute Growth: 14,415
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Tennessee are led by Spring Hill 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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