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

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.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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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 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

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,779
Population 2010: 5,993
Growth Rate: 29.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,786

2. Verona

Verona, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,113
Population 2010: 10,033
Growth Rate: 20.73%
Absolute Growth: 2,080

3. Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,729
Population 2010: 5,824
Growth Rate: 15.54%
Absolute Growth: 905

4. Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,721
Population 2010: 27,808
Growth Rate: 14.07%
Absolute Growth: 3,913

5. Waunakee

Waunakee, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

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

6. Howard

Howard, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,950
Population 2010: 16,735
Growth Rate: 13.24%
Absolute Growth: 2,215

7. Holmen

Holmen, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,513
Population 2010: 8,455
Growth Rate: 12.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,058

8. Fitchburg


Population: 27,254
Population 2010: 24,466
Growth Rate: 11.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,788

9. Oregon

Oregon, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,912
Population 2010: 8,942
Growth Rate: 10.85%
Absolute Growth: 970

10. Suamico


Population: 11,996
Population 2010: 10,867
Growth Rate: 10.39%
Absolute Growth: 1,129

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!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Wisconsin

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Hobart 1 7,779 5,993 1,786 29.8%
Verona 2 12,113 10,033 2,080 20.7%
Cottage Grove 3 6,729 5,824 905 15.5%
Sun Prairie 4 31,721 27,808 3,913 14.1%
Waunakee 5 13,092 11,557 1,535 13.3%
Howard 6 18,950 16,735 2,215 13.2%
Holmen 7 9,513 8,455 1,058 12.5%
Fitchburg 8 27,254 24,466 2,788 11.4%
Oregon 9 9,912 8,942 970 10.8%
Suamico 10 11,996 10,867 1,129 10.4%
Platteville 11 12,020 10,951 1,069 9.8%
Deforest 12 9,468 8,669 799 9.2%
Middleton 13 18,707 17,164 1,543 9.0%
Mount Horeb 14 7,389 6,807 582 8.6%
Hudson 15 13,367 12,333 1,034 8.4%
Kronenwetter 16 7,463 6,887 576 8.4%
Bellevue 17 15,187 14,053 1,134 8.1%
Mcfarland 18 8,168 7,574 594 7.8%
Pewaukee 19 13,979 12,963 1,016 7.8%
Lake Hallie 20 6,603 6,135 468 7.6%
Altoona 21 7,193 6,685 508 7.6%
Onalaska 22 18,396 17,137 1,259 7.3%
Madison 23 246,034 229,236 16,798 7.3%
Oconomowoc 24 16,289 15,265 1,024 6.7%
Pleasant Prairie 25 20,395 19,124 1,271 6.6%
Slinger 26 5,190 4,870 320 6.6%
Oak Creek 27 35,218 33,069 2,149 6.5%
Mukwonago 28 7,549 7,090 459 6.5%
Evansville 29 5,176 4,875 301 6.2%
Franklin 30 36,155 34,058 2,097 6.2%
Reedsburg 31 9,515 8,982 533 5.9%
De Pere 32 24,544 23,225 1,319 5.7%
Jackson 33 6,839 6,474 365 5.6%
Menasha 34 17,930 17,033 897 5.3%
New Richmond 35 8,687 8,254 433 5.2%
Kaukauna 36 15,791 15,075 716 4.7%
Sturtevant 37 6,961 6,654 307 4.6%
Tomah 38 9,380 8,975 405 4.5%
Sussex 39 10,716 10,262 454 4.4%
Plover 40 12,350 11,830 520 4.4%
Hartford 41 14,350 13,747 603 4.4%
Weston 42 14,989 14,381 608 4.2%
Monona 43 7,919 7,598 321 4.2%
Muskego 44 24,650 23,726 924 3.9%
Eau Claire 45 67,654 65,133 2,521 3.9%
Whitewater 46 14,840 14,290 550 3.8%
Kimberly 47 6,679 6,432 247 3.8%
St. Francis 48 9,516 9,167 349 3.8%
Waterford 49 5,344 5,161 183 3.5%
Stoughton 50 13,041 12,599 442 3.5%
Lake Mills 51 5,796 5,602 194 3.5%
Port Washington 52 11,531 11,146 385 3.5%
Delafield 53 7,218 6,987 231 3.3%
River Falls 54 15,152 14,696 456 3.1%
Little Chute 55 10,815 10,493 322 3.1%
Hartland 56 9,195 8,928 267 3.0%
Waukesha 57 72,016 69,946 2,070 3.0%
West Bend 58 31,661 30,764 897 2.9%
Sparta 59 9,659 9,392 267 2.8%
Twin Lakes 60 6,059 5,901 158 2.7%
Wauwatosa 61 47,388 46,179 1,209 2.6%
Menomonee Falls 62 36,118 35,221 897 2.5%
Elkhorn 63 9,931 9,693 238 2.5%
Mequon 64 23,663 23,097 566 2.5%
Edgerton 65 5,494 5,363 131 2.4%
Sheboygan Falls 66 7,792 7,608 184 2.4%
Greenfield 67 37,070 36,214 856 2.4%
Greendale 68 14,303 13,980 323 2.3%
Richfield 69 11,483 11,225 258 2.3%
Chippewa Falls 70 13,939 13,640 299 2.2%
Rothschild 71 5,307 5,195 112 2.2%
Mount Pleasant 72 26,237 25,702 535 2.1%
Neenah 73 25,849 25,328 521 2.1%
Baraboo 74 12,097 11,861 236 2.0%
Grafton 75 11,563 11,338 225 2.0%
Beaver Dam 76 16,440 16,133 307 1.9%
Oshkosh 77 66,713 65,507 1,206 1.8%
La Crosse 78 52,140 51,232 908 1.8%
Brown Deer 79 12,075 11,867 208 1.8%
North Fond Du Lac 80 5,020 4,935 85 1.7%
Columbus 81 5,004 4,920 84 1.7%
Burlington 82 10,571 10,398 173 1.7%
Germa 83 19,927 19,609 318 1.6%
Kenosha 84 99,865 98,297 1,568 1.6%
Milwaukee 85 598,672 589,697 8,975 1.5%
Menomonie 86 16,295 16,061 234 1.5%
Elm Grove 87 6,085 6,001 84 1.4%
Fort Atkinson 88 12,470 12,303 167 1.4%
Shorewood 89 13,300 13,144 156 1.2%
Watertown 90 23,878 23,600 278 1.2%
Cedarburg 91 11,516 11,382 134 1.2%
Appleton 92 73,446 72,620 826 1.1%
South Milwaukee 93 21,197 20,971 226 1.1%
Cudahy 94 18,321 18,127 194 1.1%
Milton 95 5,574 5,515 59 1.1%
Pewaukee 96 8,225 8,143 82 1.0%
Plymouth 97 8,454 8,372 82 1.0%
Hales Corners 98 7,720 7,647 73 1.0%
Green Bay 99 104,951 103,960 991 1.0%
Caledonia 100 24,767 24,540 227 0.9%
Lake Geneva 101 7,754 7,685 69 0.9%
West Allis 102 60,543 60,009 534 0.9%
Stevens Point 103 26,714 26,482 232 0.9%
Jefferson 104 7,976 7,913 63 0.8%
Berlin 105 5,471 5,430 41 0.8%
New Berlin 106 39,807 39,519 288 0.7%
Whitefish Bay 107 14,088 13,988 100 0.7%
Glendale 108 12,880 12,791 89 0.7%
Janesville 109 63,880 63,441 439 0.7%
Ripon 110 7,712 7,686 26 0.3%
Ashwaubenon 111 17,157 17,108 49 0.3%
Fond Du Lac 112 43,018 42,898 120 0.3%
Wausau 113 39,138 39,040 98 0.3%
Waupaca 114 6,026 6,012 14 0.2%
Fox Point 115 6,695 6,683 12 0.2%
Portage 116 10,255 10,254 1 0.0%
Waupun 117 11,337 11,380 -43 -0.4%
Brookfield 118 37,991 38,198 -207 -0.5%
Beloit 119 36,812 37,020 -208 -0.6%
Monroe 120 10,771 10,866 -95 -0.9%
New London 121 7,085 7,150 -65 -0.9%
Shawano 122 9,130 9,216 -86 -0.9%
Rice Lake 123 8,343 8,453 -110 -1.3%
Delavan 124 8,410 8,542 -132 -1.5%
Marshfield 125 18,410 18,722 -312 -1.7%
Manitowoc 126 33,183 33,793 -610 -1.8%
Sheboygan 127 48,813 49,734 -921 -1.9%
Wisconsin Rapids 128 17,987 18,333 -346 -1.9%
Superior 129 26,676 27,193 -517 -1.9%
Sturgeon Bay 130 9,007 9,198 -191 -2.1%
Mayville 131 5,016 5,127 -111 -2.2%
Racine 132 77,931 79,664 -1,733 -2.2%
Allouez 133 13,933 14,246 -313 -2.2%
Marinette 134 10,836 11,095 -259 -2.3%
Ashland 135 8,083 8,283 -200 -2.4%
Richland Center 136 5,076 5,239 -163 -3.1%
Prairie Du Chien 137 5,771 5,966 -195 -3.3%
Two Rivers 138 11,409 11,873 -464 -3.9%
Rhinelander 139 7,552 7,894 -342 -4.3%
Merrill 140 9,354 9,800 -446 -4.6%
Antigo 141 7,930 8,312 -382 -4.6%

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