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 Virginia Beach and Norfolk, while others want peace and quiet like in Dumfries and Woodstock, 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 Virginia 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 Old Dominion that have people climbing over each other to get in:
- Falls Church
- Manassas Park
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 Virginia are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Old Dominion
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 62 Virginia 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 Old Dominion.
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]
Population: 8,350 Population 2010: 7,102
Growth Rate: 17.57%
Absolute Growth: 1,248
2. Falls Church
Population: 13,074 Population 2010: 11,465
Growth Rate: 14.03%
Absolute Growth: 1,609
Population: 26,632 Population 2010: 23,375
Growth Rate: 13.93%
Absolute Growth: 3,257
4. Manassas Park
Population: 14,992 Population 2010: 13,195
Growth Rate: 13.62%
Absolute Growth: 1,797
Population: 46,211 Population 2010: 40,713
Growth Rate: 13.5%
Absolute Growth: 5,498
Population: 40,436 Population 2010: 36,067
Growth Rate: 12.11%
Absolute Growth: 4,369
Population: 146,422 Population 2010: 133,647
Growth Rate: 9.56%
Absolute Growth: 12,775
Population: 16,968 Population 2010: 15,607
Growth Rate: 8.72%
Absolute Growth: 1,361
Population: 14,401 Population 2010: 13,421
Growth Rate: 7.3%
Absolute Growth: 980
Population: 50,821 Population 2010: 47,406
Growth Rate: 7.2%
Absolute Growth: 3,415
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Virginia are led by Purcellville 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!
For more Virginia reading , check out:
- 10 Small Towns In Virginia Where You’d Never Want To Live
- These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Virginia
- These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In Virginia
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Virginia
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