Fastest Growing Cities In Wisconsin For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Wisconsin everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the 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 West Salem and Columbus, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Wisconsin for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Hobart ranks as the fastest growing city in Wisconsin. 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.

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.

For more Wisconsin state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Wisconsin For 2020

Hobart, WI

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Population: 8,606
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,993
Percent Growth 43.6%
Absolute Growth: 2,613
More on Hobart: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 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.

Verona, WI

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Population: 12,743
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 10,033
Percent Growth 27.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,710
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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.

Cottage Grove, WI

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Population: 6,904
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,824
Percent Growth 18.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,080
More on Cottage Grove: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Sun Prairie, WI

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Population: 32,757
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 27,808
Percent Growth 17.8%
Absolute Growth: 4,949
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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.

Fitchburg, WI

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Population: 28,722
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Population 2010: 24,466
Percent Growth 17.4%
Absolute Growth: 4,256
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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.

Holmen, WI

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Population: 9,909
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 8,455
Percent Growth 17.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,454
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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.

Waunakee, WI

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Population: 13,522
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 11,557
Percent Growth 17.0%
Absolute Growth: 1,965
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Howard, WI

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Population: 19,396
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 16,735
Percent Growth 15.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,661
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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.

Suamico, WI

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Population: 12,470
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 10,867
Percent Growth 14.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,603
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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.

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Population: 9,936
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 8,669
Percent Growth 14.6%
Absolute Growth: 1,267
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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Badger State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Wisconsin, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Merrill
  2. Antigo
  3. Two Rivers

For more Wisconsin reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Wisconsin For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Hobart 43.6% 8,606 5,993
2 Verona 27.0% 12,743 10,033
3 Cottage Grove 18.5% 6,904 5,824
4 Sun Prairie 17.8% 32,757 27,808
5 Fitchburg 17.4% 28,722 24,466
6 Holmen 17.2% 9,909 8,455
7 Waunakee 17.0% 13,522 11,557
8 Howard 15.9% 19,396 16,735
9 Suamico 14.8% 12,470 10,867
10 Deforest 14.6% 9,936 8,669

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About Chris Kolmar

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