These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Wisconsin 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 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.

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

  1. Hobart (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Verona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Cottage Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Sun Prairie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Waunakee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Howard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Holmen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Fitchburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Oregon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Suamico (Homes For Sale)

If you happen to be a resident of Hobart, 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 Wisconsin 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 Wisconsin or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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 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 141 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 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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

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1. Hobart

Hobart, Wisconsin

Population: 7,779
Population 2010: 5,993
Growth Rate: 29.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,786
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Hobart is a village in Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 6,182 at the 2010 census. Hobart is a part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area. A small portion of the village is part of the unincorporated census-designated place (CDP) given the name of Oneida, Wisconsin. Most of the CDP is located within the Town of Oneida in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. This CDP is an entity created solely for statistic purposes.

2. Verona

Verona, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,113
Population 2010: 10,033
Growth Rate: 20.73%
Absolute Growth: 2,080
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Verona is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, in the United States and is a suburb of Madison. The population was 10,619 at the 2010 census. The city is located ten miles southwest of downtown Madison within the Town of Verona. It is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.

3. Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Population: 6,729
Population 2010: 5,824
Growth Rate: 15.54%
Absolute Growth: 905
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4. Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Population: 31,721
Population 2010: 27,808
Growth Rate: 14.07%
Absolute Growth: 3,913
More on Sun Prairie: Homes For Sale | Data
Sun Prairie is a city in Dane County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. A suburb of Madison, it is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city’s population was 29,441 at the 2010 U.S. Census. It is the second most populous city in Dane County after Madison.

5. Waunakee

Waunakee, Wisconsin

Population: 13,092
Population 2010: 11,557
Growth Rate: 13.28%
Absolute Growth: 1,535
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6. Howard

Howard, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,950
Population 2010: 16,735
Growth Rate: 13.24%
Absolute Growth: 2,215
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Howard is a village in Brown and Outagamie counties in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 17,399 at the 2010 census. All of this population resided in the Brown County portion of the village. It is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area.

7. Holmen

Holmen, Wisconsin

Population: 9,513
Population 2010: 8,455
Growth Rate: 12.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,058
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Holmen is a village in La Crosse County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 9,005 as of the census of 2010. It is part of the La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

8. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,254
Population 2010: 24,466
Growth Rate: 11.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,788
More on Fitchburg: Homes For Sale | Data
Fitchburg is a city in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 25,260 at the 2010 census. Fitchburg is a suburb of Madison and is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Fitchburg consists of a mix of suburban neighborhoods closer the border with the city of Madison, commercial and industrial properties, and more rural properties in the southern portion of the city. Despite its status as an incorporated city, some rural parts of Fitchburg still lack certain municipal services such as sewer, water, and natural gas.

9. Oregon

Oregon, Wisconsin

Population: 9,912
Population 2010: 8,942
Growth Rate: 10.85%
Absolute Growth: 970
More on Oregon: Homes For Sale | Data
Oregon is a village in Dane County, Wisconsin, United States. As of the census of 2010, the population was 9,231. Oregon is part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area. The village is located mostly within the Town of Oregon.

10. Suamico


Population: 11,996
Population 2010: 10,867
Growth Rate: 10.39%
Absolute Growth: 1,129
More on Suamico: Homes For Sale | Data
Suamico is a village in Brown County in the U.S. state of Wisconsin. The population was 11,346 at the 2010 census. Suamico is part of the Green Bay Metropolitan Statistical Area, and contains the neighborhood community of Flintville.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

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

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Wisconsin

Rank City Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Hobart 7,779 5,993 1,786 29.8%
2 Verona 12,113 10,033 2,080 20.7%
3 Cottage Grove 6,729 5,824 905 15.5%
4 Sun Prairie 31,721 27,808 3,913 14.1%
5 Waunakee 13,092 11,557 1,535 13.3%
6 Howard 18,950 16,735 2,215 13.2%
7 Holmen 9,513 8,455 1,058 12.5%
8 Fitchburg 27,254 24,466 2,788 11.4%
9 Oregon 9,912 8,942 970 10.8%
10 Suamico 11,996 10,867 1,129 10.4%
11 Platteville 12,020 10,951 1,069 9.8%
12 Deforest 9,468 8,669 799 9.2%
13 Middleton 18,707 17,164 1,543 9.0%
14 Mount Horeb 7,389 6,807 582 8.6%
15 Hudson 13,367 12,333 1,034 8.4%
16 Kronenwetter 7,463 6,887 576 8.4%
17 Bellevue 15,187 14,053 1,134 8.1%
18 Mcfarland 8,168 7,574 594 7.8%
19 Pewaukee 13,979 12,963 1,016 7.8%
20 Lake Hallie 6,603 6,135 468 7.6%
21 Altoona 7,193 6,685 508 7.6%
22 Onalaska 18,396 17,137 1,259 7.3%
23 Madison 246,034 229,236 16,798 7.3%
24 Oconomowoc 16,289 15,265 1,024 6.7%
25 Pleasant Prairie 20,395 19,124 1,271 6.6%
26 Slinger 5,190 4,870 320 6.6%
27 Oak Creek 35,218 33,069 2,149 6.5%
28 Mukwonago 7,549 7,090 459 6.5%
29 Evansville 5,176 4,875 301 6.2%
30 Franklin 36,155 34,058 2,097 6.2%
31 Reedsburg 9,515 8,982 533 5.9%
32 De Pere 24,544 23,225 1,319 5.7%
33 Jackson 6,839 6,474 365 5.6%
34 Menasha 17,930 17,033 897 5.3%
35 New Richmond 8,687 8,254 433 5.2%
36 Kaukauna 15,791 15,075 716 4.7%
37 Sturtevant 6,961 6,654 307 4.6%
38 Tomah 9,380 8,975 405 4.5%
39 Sussex 10,716 10,262 454 4.4%
40 Plover 12,350 11,830 520 4.4%
41 Hartford 14,350 13,747 603 4.4%
42 Weston 14,989 14,381 608 4.2%
43 Monona 7,919 7,598 321 4.2%
44 Muskego 24,650 23,726 924 3.9%
45 Eau Claire 67,654 65,133 2,521 3.9%
46 Whitewater 14,840 14,290 550 3.8%
47 Kimberly 6,679 6,432 247 3.8%
48 St. Francis 9,516 9,167 349 3.8%
49 Waterford 5,344 5,161 183 3.5%
50 Stoughton 13,041 12,599 442 3.5%
51 Lake Mills 5,796 5,602 194 3.5%
52 Port Washington 11,531 11,146 385 3.5%
53 Delafield 7,218 6,987 231 3.3%
54 River Falls 15,152 14,696 456 3.1%
55 Little Chute 10,815 10,493 322 3.1%
56 Hartland 9,195 8,928 267 3.0%
57 Waukesha 72,016 69,946 2,070 3.0%
58 West Bend 31,661 30,764 897 2.9%
59 Sparta 9,659 9,392 267 2.8%
60 Twin Lakes 6,059 5,901 158 2.7%
61 Wauwatosa 47,388 46,179 1,209 2.6%
62 Menomonee Falls 36,118 35,221 897 2.5%
63 Elkhorn 9,931 9,693 238 2.5%
64 Mequon 23,663 23,097 566 2.5%
65 Edgerton 5,494 5,363 131 2.4%
66 Sheboygan Falls 7,792 7,608 184 2.4%
67 Greenfield 37,070 36,214 856 2.4%
68 Greendale 14,303 13,980 323 2.3%
69 Richfield 11,483 11,225 258 2.3%
70 Chippewa Falls 13,939 13,640 299 2.2%
71 Rothschild 5,307 5,195 112 2.2%
72 Mount Pleasant 26,237 25,702 535 2.1%
73 Neenah 25,849 25,328 521 2.1%
74 Baraboo 12,097 11,861 236 2.0%
75 Grafton 11,563 11,338 225 2.0%
76 Beaver Dam 16,440 16,133 307 1.9%
77 Oshkosh 66,713 65,507 1,206 1.8%
78 La Crosse 52,140 51,232 908 1.8%
79 Brown Deer 12,075 11,867 208 1.8%
80 North Fond Du Lac 5,020 4,935 85 1.7%
81 Columbus 5,004 4,920 84 1.7%
82 Burlington 10,571 10,398 173 1.7%
83 Germa 19,927 19,609 318 1.6%
84 Kenosha 99,865 98,297 1,568 1.6%
85 Milwaukee 598,672 589,697 8,975 1.5%
86 Menomonie 16,295 16,061 234 1.5%
87 Elm Grove 6,085 6,001 84 1.4%
88 Fort Atkinson 12,470 12,303 167 1.4%
89 Shorewood 13,300 13,144 156 1.2%
90 Watertown 23,878 23,600 278 1.2%
91 Cedarburg 11,516 11,382 134 1.2%
92 Appleton 73,446 72,620 826 1.1%
93 South Milwaukee 21,197 20,971 226 1.1%
94 Cudahy 18,321 18,127 194 1.1%
95 Milton 5,574 5,515 59 1.1%
96 Pewaukee 8,225 8,143 82 1.0%
97 Plymouth 8,454 8,372 82 1.0%
98 Hales Corners 7,720 7,647 73 1.0%
99 Green Bay 104,951 103,960 991 1.0%
100 Caledonia 24,767 24,540 227 0.9%

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