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 Salt Lake City and West Valley City, while others want peace and quiet like in Sunset and Moab, 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 Utah 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 Beehive State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Utah for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Saratoga Springs (Homes For Sale)
- Herriman (Homes For Sale)
- Eagle Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bluffdale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- South Jordan (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lehi (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Washington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Nibley (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- West Haven (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Farmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Saratoga Springs, 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 Utah are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Beehive 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 85 Utah 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 Beehive 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. Saratoga Springs
Population: 24,088 Population 2010: 14,696
Growth Rate: 63.91%
Absolute Growth: 9,392
More on Saratoga Springs: Homes For Sale | Data
Saratoga Springs is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. The elevation is 4,505 feet. It is part of the Provo–Orem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is a relatively new development along the northwestern shores of Utah Lake. It was incorporated on December 31, 1997 and has been growing rapidly since then. The population was 1,003 at the 2000 census, while the 2009 estimates placed it at 16,125, making it one of the fastest-growing US cities during this time period. The 2010 census states population at 17,781, meeting expectations of growth despite the state of the economy. Saratoga Springs became a city in 2001.
Population: 29,176 Population 2010: 18,328
Growth Rate: 59.19%
Absolute Growth: 10,848
More on Herriman: Homes For Sale | Data
Herriman is a city in southwestern Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. The population was 21,785 as of the 2010 census. Although Herriman was a town in 2000, it has since been classified as a fourth-class city by state law. The city has experienced rapid growth since incorporation in 1999, as its population was just 1,523 at the 2000 census. It grew from being the 111th-largest incorporated place in Utah in 2000 to the 32nd-largest in 2010.
3. Eagle Mountain
Population: 26,219 Population 2010: 17,892
Growth Rate: 46.54%
Absolute Growth: 8,327
More on Eagle Mountain: Homes For Sale | Data
Eagle Mountain is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Provo–Orem, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located to the west as well as north of the Lake Mountains, which are west of Utah Lake. It was incorporated December 3, 1996 and has been rapidly growing ever since. The population was 21,415 at the 2010 census. Although Eagle Mountain was a town in 2000, it has since been classified as a fourth-class city by state law. In its short history, the city has quickly become known for its rapid growth.
Population: 9,809 Population 2010: 7,043
Growth Rate: 39.27%
Absolute Growth: 2,766
More on Bluffdale: Homes For Sale | Data
Bluffdale is a city in Salt Lake County in the U.S. state of Utah, located about 20 miles (32 km) south of Salt Lake City. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 7,598.
5. South Jordan
Population: 62,751 Population 2010: 46,366
Growth Rate: 35.34%
Absolute Growth: 16,385
More on South Jordan: Homes For Sale | Data
South Jordan is a city in south central Salt Lake County, Utah, United States. The city lies in the Salt Lake Valley between the 9,000-foot (2,700 m) peaks of the Oquirrh Mountains and the 12,000-foot (3,700 m) peaks of the Wasatch Mountains and is part of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area. The Jordan River flows through the middle of the valley and the city has a 3.5-mile (5.6 km) section of the Jordan River Parkway that contains fishing ponds, trails, parks and natural habitat. Salt Lake County fair grounds and equestrian park, 67-acre (27 ha) Oquirrh Lake and 27 other parks are located inside the city. As of the 2010 Census, its population was 50,418.
Population: 56,314 Population 2010: 42,047
Growth Rate: 33.93%
Absolute Growth: 14,267
More on Lehi: Homes For Sale | Data
Lehi (/liha/ LEE-hy) is a city in Utah County, Utah, United States. It is named after Lehi, a prophet in the Book of Mormon. The population was 47,407 at the 2010 census, up from 19,028 in 2000. The center of population of Utah is located in Lehi.
Population: 6,256 Population 2010: 4,763
Growth Rate: 31.35%
Absolute Growth: 1,493
More on Nibley: Homes For Sale | Data
Nibley is a city in Cache County, Utah, United States. Incorporated in 1935, it was named after Charles W. Nibley, a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The population was 5,438 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Logan, Utah-Idaho (partial) Metropolitan Statistical Area and is a suburb or ‘bedroom’ community of Logan.
9. West Haven
Population: 11,639 Population 2010: 9,058
Growth Rate: 28.49%
Absolute Growth: 2,581
More on West Haven: Homes For Sale | Data
West Haven is a city in Weber County, Utah, United States. The population was 3,976 at the 2000 census. It was incorporated on July 1, 1991, combining the unincorporated communities of Kanesville and Wilson.
Population: 21,983 Population 2010: 17,188
Growth Rate: 27.9%
Absolute Growth: 4,795
More on Farmington: Homes For Sale | Data
Farmington is a city in Davis County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Ogden–Clearfield, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,275 at the 2010 census and was estimated at 22,159 in 2014. It is the county seat of Davis County. Lagoon Amusement Park is located in Farmington.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Utah are led by Saratoga Springs 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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