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 Moab and Sunset, 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:
- Saratoga Springs
- Eagle Mountain
- South Jordan
- West Haven
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 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 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 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
1. Saratoga Springs
Population: 21,061 Population 2010: 14,696
Growth Rate: 43.31%
Absolute Growth: 6,365
Population: 25,022 Population 2010: 18,328
Growth Rate: 36.52%
Absolute Growth: 6,694
3. Eagle Mountain
Population: 23,468 Population 2010: 17,892
Growth Rate: 31.16%
Absolute Growth: 5,576
Population: 51,982 Population 2010: 42,047
Growth Rate: 23.63%
Absolute Growth: 9,935
Population: 5,866 Population 2010: 4,763
Growth Rate: 23.16%
Absolute Growth: 1,103
6. South Jordan
Population: 56,528 Population 2010: 46,366
Growth Rate: 21.92%
Absolute Growth: 10,162
7. West Haven
Population: 10,996 Population 2010: 9,058
Growth Rate: 21.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,938
Population: 20,999 Population 2010: 17,406
Growth Rate: 20.64%
Absolute Growth: 3,593
Population: 20,440 Population 2010: 17,188
Growth Rate: 18.92%
Absolute Growth: 3,252
Population: 8,319 Population 2010: 7,043
Growth Rate: 18.12%
Absolute Growth: 1,276
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Utah are led by Saratoga Springs 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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Utah
|North Salt Lake||15|
|West Valley City||56|
|South Salt Lake||62|
|Salt Lake City||78|