These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Washington


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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:

  1. Kirkland
  2. Burien
  3. Connell
  4. Kent
  5. Snoqualmie
  6. Dupont
  7. Ridgefield
  8. Pasco
  9. Yelm
  10. Port Orchard

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 Washington are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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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 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 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Kirkland

Kirkland, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 83,320
Population 2010: 47,677
Growth Rate: 74.76%
Absolute Growth: 35,643

2. Burien

Burien, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,291
Population 2010: 32,743
Growth Rate: 50.54%
Absolute Growth: 16,548

3. Connell

Connell, Washington

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,130
Population 2010: 3,570
Growth Rate: 43.7%
Absolute Growth: 1,560

4. Kent

Kent, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 122,620
Population 2010: 89,446
Growth Rate: 37.09%
Absolute Growth: 33,174

5. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,625
Population 2010: 9,058
Growth Rate: 28.34%
Absolute Growth: 2,567

6. Dupont


Population 2014: 8,851
Population 2010: 7,141
Growth Rate: 23.95%
Absolute Growth: 1,710

7. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,373
Population 2010: 4,364
Growth Rate: 23.12%
Absolute Growth: 1,009

8. Pasco

Pasco, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 65,858
Population 2010: 54,116
Growth Rate: 21.7%
Absolute Growth: 11,742

9. Yelm


Population 2014: 7,398
Population 2010: 6,186
Growth Rate: 19.59%
Absolute Growth: 1,212

10. Port Orchard

Port Orchard, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,715
Population 2010: 10,734
Growth Rate: 18.46%
Absolute Growth: 1,981

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Washington are led by Kirkland 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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Washington

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Kirkland 1 83,320 47,677 35,643 74.8%
Burien 2 49,291 32,743 16,548 50.5%
Connell 3 5,130 3,570 1,560 43.7%
Kent 4 122,620 89,446 33,174 37.1%
Snoqualmie 5 11,625 9,058 2,567 28.3%
Dupont 6 8,851 7,141 1,710 23.9%
Ridgefield 7 5,373 4,364 1,009 23.1%
Pasco 8 65,858 54,116 11,742 21.7%
Yelm 9 7,398 6,186 1,212 19.6%
Port Orchard 10 12,715 10,734 1,981 18.5%
Liberty Lake 11 8,027 6,835 1,192 17.4%
Issaquah 12 32,551 27,838 4,713 16.9%
West Richland 13 12,680 11,037 1,643 14.9%
Maple Valley 14 24,040 20,974 3,066 14.6%
Duvall 15 7,185 6,271 914 14.6%
Sammamish 16 49,077 43,341 5,736 13.2%
Richland 17 51,116 45,780 5,336 11.7%
Quincy 18 7,075 6,345 730 11.5%
Camas 19 20,458 18,348 2,110 11.5%
Battle Ground 20 18,168 16,337 1,831 11.2%
Fife 21 9,346 8,434 912 10.8%
Bellevue 22 132,268 119,454 12,814 10.7%
Orting 23 6,941 6,276 665 10.6%
Renton 24 95,479 86,372 9,107 10.5%
Moses Lake 25 21,141 19,150 1,991 10.4%
Washougal 26 14,563 13,223 1,340 10.1%
Stanwood 27 6,468 5,876 592 10.1%
Bonney Lake 28 18,040 16,408 1,632 9.9%
Auburn 29 73,403 66,985 6,418 9.6%
Ferndale 30 12,040 10,993 1,047 9.5%
Newcastle 31 10,792 9,868 924 9.4%
Airway Heights 32 6,356 5,819 537 9.2%
Covington 33 18,361 16,814 1,547 9.2%
Lacey 34 44,031 40,334 3,697 9.2%
Redmond 35 56,704 52,124 4,580 8.8%
Lake Stevens 36 29,258 26,902 2,356 8.8%
Othello 37 7,524 6,919 605 8.7%
Lynden 38 12,579 11,580 999 8.6%
Arlington 39 18,370 16,913 1,457 8.6%
Kennewick 40 75,971 70,341 5,630 8.0%
Marysville 41 62,472 57,855 4,617 8.0%
Milton 42 7,260 6,737 523 7.8%
North Bend 43 6,127 5,688 439 7.7%
Tumwater 44 18,128 16,834 1,294 7.7%
Pullman 45 30,851 28,655 2,196 7.7%
Gig Harbor 46 7,620 7,102 518 7.3%
Poulsbo 47 9,436 8,795 641 7.3%
Seattle 48 637,850 595,240 42,610 7.2%
Cheney 49 11,014 10,283 731 7.1%
Bothell 50 34,920 32,658 2,262 6.9%
Enumclaw 51 11,388 10,659 729 6.8%
Mill Creek 52 18,667 17,485 1,182 6.8%
Ocean Shores 53 5,609 5,260 349 6.6%
Kenmore 54 21,263 19,947 1,316 6.6%
Ephrata 55 7,888 7,407 481 6.5%
Selah 56 7,328 6,899 429 6.2%
Grandview 57 11,023 10,391 632 6.1%
Pacific 58 6,845 6,455 390 6.0%
Sequim 59 6,651 6,273 378 6.0%
Prosser 60 5,793 5,471 322 5.9%
Mercer Island 61 23,636 22,376 1,260 5.6%
Tukwila 62 19,573 18,567 1,006 5.4%
Monroe 63 17,564 16,695 869 5.2%
Woodinville 64 11,201 10,651 550 5.2%
Woodland 65 5,535 5,271 264 5.0%
College Place 66 8,905 8,502 403 4.7%
Yakima 67 92,806 88,630 4,176 4.7%
Olympia 68 47,847 45,708 2,139 4.7%
Wenatchee 69 32,627 31,173 1,454 4.7%
Sunnyside 70 16,038 15,350 688 4.5%
Seatac 71 27,606 26,433 1,173 4.4%
Federal Way 72 91,676 87,792 3,884 4.4%
East Wenatchee 73 13,403 12,844 559 4.4%
Mount Vernon 74 32,356 31,044 1,312 4.2%
Mukilteo 75 20,635 19,847 788 4.0%
Bellingham 76 82,080 78,989 3,091 3.9%
Puyallup 77 38,092 36,703 1,389 3.8%
Burlington 78 8,466 8,171 295 3.6%
Wapato 79 5,043 4,868 175 3.6%
Des Moines 80 30,403 29,401 1,002 3.4%
Ellensburg 81 18,455 17,847 608 3.4%
Normandy Park 82 6,491 6,281 210 3.3%
Vancouver 83 165,554 160,202 5,352 3.3%
Shoreline 84 54,254 52,529 1,725 3.3%
Bainbridge Island 85 23,206 22,486 720 3.2%
Sedro-Woolley 86 10,645 10,320 325 3.1%
Spokane Valley 87 90,829 88,100 2,729 3.1%
Snohomish 88 9,326 9,047 279 3.1%
Centralia 89 16,664 16,168 496 3.1%
Fircrest 90 6,592 6,400 192 3.0%
Everett 91 104,708 101,667 3,041 3.0%
Union Gap 92 6,061 5,893 168 2.9%
Lake Forest Park 93 12,938 12,586 352 2.8%
Bremerton 94 38,664 37,689 975 2.6%
Sumner 95 9,548 9,325 223 2.4%
Walla Walla 96 31,895 31,177 718 2.3%
Toppenish 97 9,007 8,820 187 2.1%
Lynnwood 98 36,267 35,529 738 2.1%
Brier 99 6,255 6,133 122 2.0%
Anacortes 100 15,965 15,668 297 1.9%
University Place 101 31,670 31,082 588 1.9%
Edgewood 102 9,538 9,369 169 1.8%
Spokane 103 210,142 206,541 3,601 1.7%
Edmonds 104 40,343 39,682 661 1.7%
Mountlake Terrace 105 20,318 19,998 320 1.6%
Clarkston 106 7,318 7,204 114 1.6%
Tacoma 107 201,794 198,819 2,975 1.5%
Port Townsend 108 9,168 9,074 94 1.0%
Shelton 109 9,798 9,699 99 1.0%
Oak Harbor 110 22,220 22,017 203 0.9%
Lakewood 111 58,890 58,700 190 0.3%
Port Angeles 112 19,125 19,073 52 0.3%
Chehalis 113 7,265 7,253 12 0.2%
Longview 114 36,589 36,605 -16 -0.0%
Steilacoom 115 6,083 6,099 -16 -0.3%
Kelso 116 11,837 11,977 -140 -1.2%
Aberdeen 117 16,544 16,882 -338 -2.0%
Hoquiam 118 8,560 8,812 -252 -2.9%

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