These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Washington For 2018


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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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Washington for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Kirkland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Burien (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Connell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sammamish (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Kent (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Ridgefield (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Snoqualmie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Bothell (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Yelm (Homes For Sale)
  10. Dupont (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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Washington or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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 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]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Washington with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in washington

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1. Kirkland

Kirkland, Washington

Population: 85,812
Population 2010: 47,677
Growth Rate: 79.99%
Absolute Growth: 38,135
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.

2. Burien

Burien, Washington

Population: 50,187
Population 2010: 32,743
Growth Rate: 53.28%
Absolute Growth: 17,444
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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.

3. Connell

Connell, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 5,414
Population 2010: 3,570
Growth Rate: 51.65%
Absolute Growth: 1,844
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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.

4. Sammamish

Sammamish, Washington

Population: 62,136
Population 2010: 43,341
Growth Rate: 43.37%
Absolute Growth: 18,795
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.

5. Kent

Kent, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 125,492
Population 2010: 89,446
Growth Rate: 40.3%
Absolute Growth: 36,046
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.

6. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, Washington

Source: Public domain

Population: 6,112
Population 2010: 4,364
Growth Rate: 40.05%
Absolute Growth: 1,748
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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.

7. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, Washington

Population: 12,510
Population 2010: 9,058
Growth Rate: 38.11%
Absolute Growth: 3,452
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.

8. Bothell

Bothell, Washington

Population: 43,153
Population 2010: 32,658
Growth Rate: 32.14%
Absolute Growth: 10,495
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.

9. Yelm


Population: 8,066
Population 2010: 6,186
Growth Rate: 30.39%
Absolute Growth: 1,880
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.[citation needed]

10. Dupont

Dupont, Washington

Population: 9,224
Population 2010: 7,141
Growth Rate: 29.17%
Absolute Growth: 2,083
More on DuPont: Homes For Sale | Data
DuPont is a city in Pierce County, Washington, United States. The population was 8,199 at the 2010 census.

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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Washington

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Kirkland 1 85,812 47,677 38,135 80.0%
Burien 2 50,187 32,743 17,444 53.3%
Connell 3 5,414 3,570 1,844 51.7%
Sammamish 4 62,136 43,341 18,795 43.4%
Kent 5 125,492 89,446 36,046 40.3%
Ridgefield 6 6,112 4,364 1,748 40.1%
Snoqualmie 7 12,510 9,058 3,452 38.1%
Bothell 8 43,153 32,658 10,495 32.1%
Yelm 9 8,066 6,186 1,880 30.4%
Dupont 10 9,224 7,141 2,083 29.2%
Tumwater 11 21,684 16,834 4,850 28.8%
Pasco 12 68,567 54,116 14,451 26.7%
Liberty Lake 13 8,566 6,835 1,731 25.3%
Issaquah 14 34,728 27,838 6,890 24.8%
Port Orchard 15 13,265 10,734 2,531 23.6%
West Richland 16 13,407 11,037 2,370 21.5%
Duvall 17 7,534 6,271 1,263 20.1%
Maple Valley 18 25,093 20,974 4,119 19.6%
Gig Harbor 19 8,307 7,102 1,205 17.0%
Camas 20 21,393 18,348 3,045 16.6%
Richland 21 53,227 45,780 7,447 16.3%
Battle Ground 22 18,987 16,337 2,650 16.2%
Bonney Lake 23 19,022 16,408 2,614 15.9%
Orting 24 7,254 6,276 978 15.6%
Ferndale 25 12,666 10,993 1,673 15.2%
Bellevue 26 136,718 119,454 17,264 14.5%
Fife 27 9,645 8,434 1,211 14.4%
Quincy 28 7,248 6,345 903 14.2%
Moses Lake 29 21,846 19,150 2,696 14.1%
Renton 30 98,499 86,372 12,127 14.0%
Lynden 31 13,204 11,580 1,624 14.0%
Covington 32 19,172 16,814 2,358 14.0%
North Bend 33 6,475 5,688 787 13.8%
Stanwood 34 6,685 5,876 809 13.8%
Redmond 35 59,268 52,124 7,144 13.7%
Newcastle 36 11,189 9,868 1,321 13.4%
Washougal 37 14,987 13,223 1,764 13.3%
Lacey 38 45,644 40,334 5,310 13.2%
Auburn 39 75,607 66,985 8,622 12.9%
Lake Stevens 40 30,352 26,902 3,450 12.8%
Seattle 41 668,849 595,240 73,609 12.4%
Pullman 42 32,176 28,655 3,521 12.3%
Marysville 43 64,955 57,855 7,100 12.3%
Airway Heights 44 6,523 5,819 704 12.1%
Othello 45 7,726 6,919 807 11.7%
Cheney 46 11,479 10,283 1,196 11.6%
Poulsbo 47 9,806 8,795 1,011 11.5%
Arlington 48 18,749 16,913 1,836 10.9%
Kennewick 49 77,975 70,341 7,634 10.9%
Mill Creek 50 19,372 17,485 1,887 10.8%
Selah 51 7,599 6,899 700 10.1%
Kenmore 52 21,830 19,947 1,883 9.4%
Mercer Island 53 24,467 22,376 2,091 9.3%
Pacific 54 7,042 6,455 587 9.1%
Sedro-Woolley 55 11,225 10,320 905 8.8%
Olympia 56 49,608 45,708 3,900 8.5%
Woodinville 57 11,549 10,651 898 8.4%
Enumclaw 58 11,543 10,659 884 8.3%
Ocean Shores 59 5,673 5,260 413 7.9%
Woodland 60 5,684 5,271 413 7.8%
Ephrata 61 7,980 7,407 573 7.7%
Mount Vernon 62 33,388 31,044 2,344 7.6%
Milton 63 7,239 6,737 502 7.5%
Sequim 64 6,736 6,273 463 7.4%
Monroe 65 17,906 16,695 1,211 7.3%
Prosser 66 5,860 5,471 389 7.1%
Tukwila 67 19,878 18,567 1,311 7.1%
Seatac 68 28,298 26,433 1,865 7.1%
Federal Way 69 93,986 87,792 6,194 7.1%
Puyallup 70 39,274 36,703 2,571 7.0%
Bellingham 71 84,462 78,989 5,473 6.9%
Grandview 72 11,098 10,391 707 6.8%
Wenatchee 73 33,257 31,173 2,084 6.7%
Brier 74 6,530 6,133 397 6.5%
Ellensburg 75 18,957 17,847 1,110 6.2%
Vancouver 76 169,982 160,202 9,780 6.1%
Spokane Valley 77 93,322 88,100 5,222 5.9%
College Place 78 8,996 8,502 494 5.8%
East Wenatchee 79 13,589 12,844 745 5.8%
Mukilteo 80 20,994 19,847 1,147 5.8%
Sunnyside 81 16,217 15,350 867 5.6%
Snohomish 82 9,551 9,047 504 5.6%
Yakima 83 93,338 88,630 4,708 5.3%
Edgewood 84 9,862 9,369 493 5.3%
Des Moines 85 30,904 29,401 1,503 5.1%
Normandy Park 86 6,598 6,281 317 5.0%
Burlington 87 8,572 8,171 401 4.9%
Bainbridge Island 88 23,576 22,486 1,090 4.8%
Everett 89 106,580 101,667 4,913 4.8%
Shoreline 90 55,021 52,529 2,492 4.7%
Lake Forest Park 91 13,156 12,586 570 4.5%
Bremerton 92 39,388 37,689 1,699 4.5%
Fircrest 93 6,660 6,400 260 4.1%
University Place 94 32,342 31,082 1,260 4.1%
Wapato 95 5,062 4,868 194 4.0%
Union Gap 96 6,125 5,893 232 3.9%
Sumner 97 9,691 9,325 366 3.9%
Lynnwood 98 36,861 35,529 1,332 3.7%
Mountlake Terrace 99 20,747 19,998 749 3.7%
Anacortes 100 16,229 15,668 561 3.6%

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