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 Charleston and Huntington, while others want peace and quiet like in Grafton and New Martinsville, 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 West 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 Mountain State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in West Virginia for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Oak Hill (Photos)
- Charles Town
- Morgantown (Photos)
- Hurricane (Photos)
- Martinsburg (Photos)
- Elkins (Photos)
- Buckhannon (Photos)
- Fairmont (Photos)
- Beckley (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of Oak Hill, 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 West Virginia are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Mountain 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 27 West 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 Mountain 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]
1. Oak Hill
Population: 8,722 Population 2010: 7,659
Growth Rate: 13.88%
Absolute Growth: 1,063
2. Charles Town
Population: 5,682 Population 2010: 5,074
Growth Rate: 11.98%
Absolute Growth: 608
Population: 8,364 Population 2010: 7,978
Growth Rate: 4.84%
Absolute Growth: 386
Population: 30,364 Population 2010: 29,076
Growth Rate: 4.43%
Absolute Growth: 1,288
Population: 6,460 Population 2010: 6,264
Growth Rate: 3.13%
Absolute Growth: 196
Population: 17,613 Population 2010: 17,133
Growth Rate: 2.8%
Absolute Growth: 480
Population: 7,232 Population 2010: 7,144
Growth Rate: 1.23%
Absolute Growth: 88
Population: 5,645 Population 2010: 5,628
Growth Rate: 0.3%
Absolute Growth: 17
Population: 18,699 Population 2010: 18,865
Growth Rate: -0.88%
Absolute Growth: -166
Population: 17,348 Population 2010: 17,503
Growth Rate: -0.89%
Absolute Growth: -155
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in West Virginia are led by Oak Hill 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 West Virginia