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 | Homes For Sale)
- Verona (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cottage Grove (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sun Prairie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Waunakee (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Howard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Holmen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Fitchburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oregon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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
More on Hobart: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 12,113 Population 2010: 10,033
Growth Rate: 20.73%
Absolute Growth: 2,080
More on Verona: Homes For Sale | Data
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
4. Sun Prairie
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.
Population: 18,950 Population 2010: 16,735
Growth Rate: 13.24%
Absolute Growth: 2,215
More on Howard: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
Population: 9,513 Population 2010: 8,455
Growth Rate: 12.51%
Absolute Growth: 1,058
More on Holmen: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
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.
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.
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!
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