These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Wisconsin


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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 Milwaukee and Madison, while others want peace and quiet like in Columbus and Mayville, 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 Wisconsin 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 Badger State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. Hobart (Photos)
  2. Verona (Photos)
  3. Cottage Grove (Photos)
  4. Holmen (Photos)
  5. Sun Prairie (Photos)
  6. Howard (Photos)
  7. Waunakee (Photos)
  8. Oregon (Photos)
  9. Mount Horeb (Photos)
  10. Suamico (Photos)

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

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Badger 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 140 Wisconsin 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 Badger 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. Hobart

Hobart, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,951
Population 2010: 5,993
Growth Rate: 15.99%
Absolute Growth: 958

2. Verona

Verona, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,353
Population 2010: 10,033
Growth Rate: 13.16%
Absolute Growth: 1,320

3. Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,533
Population 2010: 5,824
Growth Rate: 12.17%
Absolute Growth: 709

4. Holmen

Holmen, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,335
Population 2010: 8,455
Growth Rate: 10.41%
Absolute Growth: 880

5. Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,601
Population 2010: 27,808
Growth Rate: 10.04%
Absolute Growth: 2,793

6. Howard

Howard, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,313
Population 2010: 16,735
Growth Rate: 9.43%
Absolute Growth: 1,578

7. Waunakee

Waunakee, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,613
Population 2010: 11,557
Growth Rate: 9.14%
Absolute Growth: 1,056

8. Oregon

Oregon, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,629
Population 2010: 8,942
Growth Rate: 7.68%
Absolute Growth: 687

9. Mount Horeb

Mount Horeb, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,286
Population 2010: 6,807
Growth Rate: 7.04%
Absolute Growth: 479

10. Suamico

Suamico, Wisconsin

Source: Flickr

Population: 11,621
Population 2010: 10,867
Growth Rate: 6.94%
Absolute Growth: 754

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Wisconsin are led by Hobart 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 Wisconsin

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Hobart 1 6,951 5,993 958 16.0%
Verona 2 11,353 10,033 1,320 13.2%
Cottage Grove 3 6,533 5,824 709 12.2%
Holmen 4 9,335 8,455 880 10.4%
Sun Prairie 5 30,601 27,808 2,793 10.0%
Howard 6 18,313 16,735 1,578 9.4%
Waunakee 7 12,613 11,557 1,056 9.1%
Oregon 8 9,629 8,942 687 7.7%
Mount Horeb 9 7,286 6,807 479 7.0%
Suamico 10 11,621 10,867 754 6.9%
Lake Hallie 11 6,550 6,135 415 6.8%
Deforest 12 9,232 8,669 563 6.5%
Fitchburg 13 26,050 24,466 1,584 6.5%
Kronenwetter 14 7,330 6,887 443 6.4%
Bellevue 15 14,936 14,053 883 6.3%
Middleton 16 18,185 17,164 1,021 5.9%
Onalaska 17 18,148 17,137 1,011 5.9%
Mcfarland 18 8,009 7,574 435 5.7%
Hudson 19 13,023 12,333 690 5.6%
Franklin 20 35,920 34,058 1,862 5.5%
Slinger 21 5,131 4,870 261 5.4%
Oak Creek 22 34,823 33,069 1,754 5.3%
Sturtevant 23 6,981 6,654 327 4.9%
Pewaukee 24 13,599 12,963 636 4.9%
Platteville 25 11,480 10,951 529 4.8%
Reedsburg 26 9,411 8,982 429 4.8%
Oconomowoc 27 15,990 15,265 725 4.7%
Mukwonago 28 7,426 7,090 336 4.7%
Pleasant Prairie 29 20,015 19,124 891 4.7%
Madison 30 239,848 229,236 10,612 4.6%
Jackson 31 6,773 6,474 299 4.6%
Evansville 32 5,089 4,875 214 4.4%
De Pere 33 24,216 23,225 991 4.3%
Weston 34 14,937 14,381 556 3.9%
Altoona 35 6,940 6,685 255 3.8%
Kaukauna 36 15,649 15,075 574 3.8%
Hartford 37 14,251 13,747 504 3.7%
Sussex 38 10,632 10,262 370 3.6%
Waterford 39 5,346 5,161 185 3.6%
Whitewater 40 14,801 14,290 511 3.6%
St. Francis 41 9,488 9,167 321 3.5%
Tomah 42 9,281 8,975 306 3.4%
Elkhorn 43 10,020 9,693 327 3.4%
Plover 44 12,195 11,830 365 3.1%
New Richmond 45 8,501 8,254 247 3.0%
Lake Mills 46 5,768 5,602 166 3.0%
Menasha 47 17,535 17,033 502 2.9%
Eau Claire 48 67,036 65,133 1,903 2.9%
Muskego 49 24,387 23,726 661 2.8%
Hartland 50 9,161 8,928 233 2.6%
Sheboygan Falls 51 7,796 7,608 188 2.5%
Kimberly 52 6,590 6,432 158 2.5%
River Falls 53 15,050 14,696 354 2.4%
West Bend 54 31,496 30,764 732 2.4%
Sparta 55 9,610 9,392 218 2.3%
Port Washington 56 11,401 11,146 255 2.3%
Stoughton 57 12,886 12,599 287 2.3%
Twin Lakes 58 6,033 5,901 132 2.2%
Edgerton 59 5,478 5,363 115 2.1%
Greenfield 60 36,990 36,214 776 2.1%
Delafield 61 7,136 6,987 149 2.1%
Mount Pleasant 62 26,220 25,702 518 2.0%
Columbus 63 5,014 4,920 94 1.9%
Grafton 64 11,539 11,338 201 1.8%
Menomonee Falls 65 35,828 35,221 607 1.7%
Brown Deer 66 12,067 11,867 200 1.7%
Greendale 67 14,208 13,980 228 1.6%
Waukesha 68 71,083 69,946 1,137 1.6%
Rothschild 69 5,279 5,195 84 1.6%
Baraboo 70 12,046 11,861 185 1.6%
Monona 71 7,711 7,598 113 1.5%
Neenah 72 25,697 25,328 369 1.5%
Kenosha 73 99,709 98,297 1,412 1.4%
Wauwatosa 74 46,838 46,179 659 1.4%
Milwaukee 75 598,078 589,697 8,381 1.4%
Oshkosh 76 66,430 65,507 923 1.4%
Hales Corners 77 7,749 7,647 102 1.3%
Watertown 78 23,899 23,600 299 1.3%
Burlington 79 10,528 10,398 130 1.3%
Richfield 80 11,365 11,225 140 1.2%
La Crosse 81 51,864 51,232 632 1.2%
Beaver Dam 82 16,331 16,133 198 1.2%
Chippewa Falls 83 13,803 13,640 163 1.2%
South Milwaukee 84 21,210 20,971 239 1.1%
Stevens Point 85 26,778 26,482 296 1.1%
Pewaukee 86 8,233 8,143 90 1.1%
Fort Atkinson 87 12,436 12,303 133 1.1%
Cudahy 88 18,321 18,127 194 1.1%
Whitefish Bay 89 14,132 13,988 144 1.0%
Menomonie 90 16,219 16,061 158 1.0%
West Allis 91 60,595 60,009 586 1.0%
Germa 92 19,791 19,609 182 0.9%
Cedarburg 93 11,485 11,382 103 0.9%
Mequon 94 23,300 23,097 203 0.9%
Milton 95 5,562 5,515 47 0.9%
Glendale 96 12,893 12,791 102 0.8%
Shorewood 97 13,245 13,144 101 0.8%
Jefferson 98 7,968 7,913 55 0.7%
Caledonia 99 24,689 24,540 149 0.6%
Green Bay 100 104,574 103,960 614 0.6%
New Berlin 101 39,712 39,519 193 0.5%
Wausau 102 39,209 39,040 169 0.4%
Plymouth 103 8,408 8,372 36 0.4%
Berlin 104 5,451 5,430 21 0.4%
Janesville 105 63,674 63,441 233 0.4%
Appleton 106 72,861 72,620 241 0.3%
Little Chute 107 10,520 10,493 27 0.3%
Fond Du Lac 108 43,007 42,898 109 0.3%
Fox Point 109 6,695 6,683 12 0.2%
Ripon 110 7,699 7,686 13 0.2%
Lake Geneva 111 7,693 7,685 8 0.1%
Waupaca 112 6,016 6,012 4 0.1%
Shawano 113 9,202 9,216 -14 -0.2%
Ashwaubenon 114 17,065 17,108 -43 -0.3%
Portage 115 10,227 10,254 -27 -0.3%
Elm Grove 116 5,985 6,001 -16 -0.3%
Waupun 117 11,336 11,380 -44 -0.4%
Beloit 118 36,876 37,020 -144 -0.4%
Monroe 119 10,807 10,866 -59 -0.5%
Brookfield 120 37,971 38,198 -227 -0.6%
Mayville 121 5,086 5,127 -41 -0.8%
New London 122 7,091 7,150 -59 -0.8%
Delavan 123 8,467 8,542 -75 -0.9%
Wisconsin Rapids 124 18,162 18,333 -171 -0.9%
Superior 125 26,932 27,193 -261 -1.0%
Manitowoc 126 33,443 33,793 -350 -1.0%
Marshfield 127 18,514 18,722 -208 -1.1%
Sturgeon Bay 128 9,093 9,198 -105 -1.1%
Rice Lake 129 8,353 8,453 -100 -1.2%
Ashland 130 8,167 8,283 -116 -1.4%
Sheboygan 131 48,918 49,734 -816 -1.6%
Racine 132 78,347 79,664 -1,317 -1.7%
Marinette 133 10,890 11,095 -205 -1.8%
Allouez 134 13,948 14,246 -298 -2.1%
Richland Center 135 5,128 5,239 -111 -2.1%
Prairie Du Chien 136 5,829 5,966 -137 -2.3%
Two Rivers 137 11,577 11,873 -296 -2.5%
Antigo 138 8,075 8,312 -237 -2.9%
Merrill 139 9,491 9,800 -309 -3.2%
Rhinelander 140 7,642 7,894 -252 -3.2%

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