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 Dunlap, 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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Tennessee for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Mount Juliet (Photos)
- Spring Hill (Photos)
- Nolensville (Photos)
- Smyrna (Photos)
- Murfreesboro (Photos)
- Franklin (Photos)
- Atoka (Photos)
- Lebanon (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Mount Juliet, 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 Tennessee are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.
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 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 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
1. Mount Juliet
Population: 29,853 Population 2010: 21,922
Growth Rate: 36.18%
Absolute Growth: 7,931
2. Spring Hill
Population: 34,364 Population 2010: 25,415
Growth Rate: 35.21%
Absolute Growth: 8,949
Population: 10,438 Population 2010: 7,937
Growth Rate: 31.51%
Absolute Growth: 2,501
Population: 6,724 Population 2010: 5,351
Growth Rate: 25.66%
Absolute Growth: 1,373
Population: 7,270 Population 2010: 5,815
Growth Rate: 25.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,455
Population: 45,369 Population 2010: 38,102
Growth Rate: 19.07%
Absolute Growth: 7,267
Population: 122,007 Population 2010: 102,602
Growth Rate: 18.91%
Absolute Growth: 19,405
Population: 70,625 Population 2010: 59,905
Growth Rate: 17.9%
Absolute Growth: 10,720
Population: 8,917 Population 2010: 7,629
Growth Rate: 16.88%
Absolute Growth: 1,288
Population: 29,439 Population 2010: 25,188
Growth Rate: 16.88%
Absolute Growth: 4,251
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Tennessee are led by Mount Juliet 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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Tennessee