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
- Eagle Mountain (Photos)
- Bluffdale (Photos)
- South Jordan (Photos)
- Lehi (Photos)
- Washington (Photos)
- Nibley (Photos)
- West Haven (Photos)
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.
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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
Population: 29,176 Population 2010: 18,328
Growth Rate: 59.19%
Absolute Growth: 10,848
3. Eagle Mountain
Population: 26,219 Population 2010: 17,892
Growth Rate: 46.54%
Absolute Growth: 8,327
Population: 9,809 Population 2010: 7,043
Growth Rate: 39.27%
Absolute Growth: 2,766
5. South Jordan
Population: 62,751 Population 2010: 46,366
Growth Rate: 35.34%
Absolute Growth: 16,385
Population: 56,314 Population 2010: 42,047
Growth Rate: 33.93%
Absolute Growth: 14,267
Population: 23,141 Population 2010: 17,406
Growth Rate: 32.95%
Absolute Growth: 5,735
Population: 6,256 Population 2010: 4,763
Growth Rate: 31.35%
Absolute Growth: 1,493
9. West Haven
Population: 11,639 Population 2010: 9,058
Growth Rate: 28.49%
Absolute Growth: 2,581
Population: 21,983 Population 2010: 17,188
Growth Rate: 27.9%
Absolute Growth: 4,795
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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Utah
|North Salt Lake||13|
|West Valley City||60|
|South Salt Lake||66|
|Salt Lake City||77|