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 Burlington and South Burlington, while others want peace and quiet like in St. Albans and Winooski, 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 Vermont 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 Green Mountain State that have people climbing over each other to get in:
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 Vermont are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Green Mountain 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 8 Vermont 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 Green Mountain 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. South Burlington
Population: 18,378 Population 2010: 17,356
Growth Rate: 5.89%
Absolute Growth: 1,022
2. Essex Junction
Population: 9,552 Population 2010: 9,155
Growth Rate: 4.34%
Absolute Growth: 397
Population: 7,250 Population 2010: 7,133
Growth Rate: 1.64%
Absolute Growth: 117
Population: 42,342 Population 2010: 41,935
Growth Rate: 0.97%
Absolute Growth: 407
Population: 8,955 Population 2010: 9,112
Growth Rate: -1.72%
Absolute Growth: -157
Population: 7,760 Population 2010: 7,903
Growth Rate: -1.81%
Absolute Growth: -143
7. St. Albans
Population: 6,889 Population 2010: 7,044
Growth Rate: -2.2%
Absolute Growth: -155
Population: 16,217 Population 2010: 16,739
Growth Rate: -3.12%
Absolute Growth: -522
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Vermont are led by South Burlington 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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