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:
- Hobart (Photos)
- Verona (Photos)
- Cottage Grove (Photos)
- Sun Prairie (Photos)
- Waunakee (Photos)
- Howard (Photos)
- Holmen (Photos)
- Oregon (Photos)
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.
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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]
Population: 7,779 Population 2010: 5,993
Growth Rate: 29.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,786
Population: 12,113 Population 2010: 10,033
Growth Rate: 20.73%
Absolute Growth: 2,080
3. Cottage Grove
Population: 6,729 Population 2010: 5,824
Growth Rate: 15.54%
Absolute Growth: 905
4. Sun Prairie
Population: 31,721 Population 2010: 27,808
Growth Rate: 14.07%
Absolute Growth: 3,913
Population: 13,092 Population 2010: 11,557
Growth Rate: 13.28%
Absolute Growth: 1,535
Population: 18,950 Population 2010: 16,735
Growth Rate: 13.24%
Absolute Growth: 2,215
Population: 9,513 Population 2010: 8,455
Growth Rate: 12.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,058
Population: 27,254 Population 2010: 24,466
Growth Rate: 11.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,788
Population: 9,912 Population 2010: 8,942
Growth Rate: 10.85%
Absolute Growth: 970
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
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|Fond Du Lac||112|
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