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 Blaine, 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 2019 according to the most recent census data:
- Kirkland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Burien (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Connell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Ridgefield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sammamish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Snoqualmie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Kent (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Airway Heights (Homes For Sale)
- Yelm (Homes For Sale)
- Bothell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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 2017
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)
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 2017 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 86,772 Population 2010: 47,677
Growth Rate: 82.0%
Absolute Growth: 39,095
More on Kirkland: Homes For Sale | Data
Kirkland is a city in King County, Washington, United States. A suburb east of Seattle, its population was 87,281 at the 2015 census estimate, which made it the sixth largest city in the county and the twelfth largest in the state.
Population: 50,729 Population 2010: 32,743
Growth Rate: 54.93%
Absolute Growth: 17,986
More on Burien: Homes For Sale | Data
Burien (/bjrin/ BYUR-ee-n) is a suburban city in King County, Washington, United States, located south of Seattle on Puget Sound. As of the 2010 Census, Burien’s population was 33,313, which is a 49.7% increase since incorporation. An annexation in 2010 increased the city’s population to about 50,000.
Population: 5,447 Population 2010: 3,570
Growth Rate: 52.58%
Absolute Growth: 1,877
More on Connell: Homes For Sale | Data
Connell is a city in Franklin County, Washington, United States. The population was 4,209 at the 2010 census. The Washington State Office of Financial Management’s 2015 estimate placed the population at 5,446.
Population: 6,637 Population 2010: 4,364
Growth Rate: 52.09%
Absolute Growth: 2,273
More on Ridgefield: Homes For Sale | Data
Ridgefield is a city in the pastoral, rolling-hills countryside of northern Clark County, Washington, in the United States. The population was 4,763 at the 2010 census.
Population: 62,877 Population 2010: 43,341
Growth Rate: 45.08%
Absolute Growth: 19,536
More on Sammamish: Homes For Sale | Data
Sammamish /smæ.m/ is a city in King County, Washington, United States. The population was 63,773 in a 2016 census estimate. Located on a plateau, the city is bordered by Lake Sammamish to the west and the Snoqualmie Valley to the east.
Population: 12,944 Population 2010: 9,058
Growth Rate: 42.9%
Absolute Growth: 3,886
More on Snoqualmie: Homes For Sale | Data
Snoqualmie (/snokwlmi/ snoh-KWOHL-mee) is a city next to Snoqualmie Falls in King County, Washington. It is twenty-five miles east of Seattle. This city is home to the Northwest Railway Museum. The population was 13,190 in a 2016 census estimate.
Population: 126,561 Population 2010: 89,446
Growth Rate: 41.49%
Absolute Growth: 37,115
More on Kent: Homes For Sale | Data
Kent is a city located in King County, Washington, United States. It is the sixth largest city in the state and third largest in the county. Kent is in the heart of the Seattle–Tacoma metropolitan area, located 19 miles south of Seattle and 19 miles northeast of Tacoma. Incorporated in 1890, it is the second oldest incorporated city in King County, after Seattle. Kent’s population as of April, 2010 was 92,411 according to the 2010 census. The total grew to an estimated 126,952 as of July 1, 2015, owing primarily to annexation.
8. Airway Heights
Population: 8,017 Population 2010: 5,819
Growth Rate: 37.77%
Absolute Growth: 2,198
More on Airway Heights: Homes For Sale | Data
Airway Heights is a city in Spokane County, Washington, United States, just west of Spokane. The population was 6,114 at the 2010 census. The city’s name was taken from its close proximity to the runways at Fairchild Air Force Base and Spokane International Airport.
Population: 8,425 Population 2010: 6,186
Growth Rate: 36.19%
Absolute Growth: 2,239
More on Yelm: Homes For Sale | Data
Yelm /jlm/ is a city in Thurston County, Washington, US. Its population was 6,848 at the 2010 census. It ranked 10th of 279 eligible incorporated communities in Washington for population growth from 2000–2010.
Population: 44,082 Population 2010: 32,658
Growth Rate: 34.98%
Absolute Growth: 11,424
More on Bothell: Homes For Sale | Data
Bothell (/bl/ BOTH-l) is a city located in King and Snohomish Counties in the State of Washington. It is part of the Seattle metropolitan area. Based on per capita income, Bothell ranks 78th of 614 areas in the state of Washington to be ranked.
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:
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Washington
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Washington
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Washington
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Washington
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