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 Seattle and Spokane, while others want peace and quiet like in Wapato and Connell, 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 Washington 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 Evergreen State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Washington for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Kirkland (Photos)
- Burien (Photos)
- Connell (Photos)
- Sammamish (Photos)
- Kent (Photos)
- Ridgefield (Photos)
- Snoqualmie (Photos)
- Bothell (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Kirkland, 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 Washington 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 Evergreen 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 118 Washington 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 Evergreen 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]
Population: 85,812 Population 2010: 47,677
Growth Rate: 79.99%
Absolute Growth: 38,135
Population: 50,187 Population 2010: 32,743
Growth Rate: 53.28%
Absolute Growth: 17,444
Population: 5,414 Population 2010: 3,570
Growth Rate: 51.65%
Absolute Growth: 1,844
Population: 62,136 Population 2010: 43,341
Growth Rate: 43.37%
Absolute Growth: 18,795
Population: 125,492 Population 2010: 89,446
Growth Rate: 40.3%
Absolute Growth: 36,046
Population: 6,112 Population 2010: 4,364
Growth Rate: 40.05%
Absolute Growth: 1,748
Population: 12,510 Population 2010: 9,058
Growth Rate: 38.11%
Absolute Growth: 3,452
Population: 43,153 Population 2010: 32,658
Growth Rate: 32.14%
Absolute Growth: 10,495
Population: 8,066 Population 2010: 6,186
Growth Rate: 30.39%
Absolute Growth: 1,880
Population: 9,224 Population 2010: 7,141
Growth Rate: 29.17%
Absolute Growth: 2,083
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Washington are led by Kirkland 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!
For more Washington reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities In Washington
- These Are The 10 Dumbest Cities In Washington
- These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Washington
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Washington
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