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.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Virginia for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Purcellville (Photos)
- Leesburg (Photos)
- Manassas Park (Photos)
- Fredericksburg (Photos)
- Falls Church (Photos)
- Manassas (Photos)
- Alexandria (Photos)
- Culpeper (Photos)
- Williamsburg (Photos)
- Harrisonburg (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Purcellville, 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 Virginia are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.
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 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 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 8,914 Population 2010: 7,102
Growth Rate: 25.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,812
Population: 49,401 Population 2010: 40,713
Growth Rate: 21.34%
Absolute Growth: 8,688
3. Manassas Park
Population: 15,827 Population 2010: 13,195
Growth Rate: 19.95%
Absolute Growth: 2,632
Population: 27,853 Population 2010: 23,375
Growth Rate: 19.16%
Absolute Growth: 4,478
5. Falls Church
Population: 13,597 Population 2010: 11,465
Growth Rate: 18.6%
Absolute Growth: 2,132
Population: 41,149 Population 2010: 36,067
Growth Rate: 14.09%
Absolute Growth: 5,082
Population: 151,473 Population 2010: 133,647
Growth Rate: 13.34%
Absolute Growth: 17,826
Population: 17,565 Population 2010: 15,607
Growth Rate: 12.55%
Absolute Growth: 1,958
Population: 14,988 Population 2010: 13,421
Growth Rate: 11.68%
Absolute Growth: 1,567
Population: 51,979 Population 2010: 47,406
Growth Rate: 9.65%
Absolute Growth: 4,573
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Virginia are led by Purcellville 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 Virginia
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