These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Wisconsin For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth 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 Columbus and West Salem, 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 2019 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. Holmen (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Howard (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Fitchburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Suamico (Homes For Sale)
  10. Oregon (Photos | 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 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (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:

[Population 2017 – 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: 8,178
Population 2010: 5,993
Growth Rate: 36.46%
Absolute Growth: 2,185
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.

2. Verona

Verona, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 12,465
Population 2010: 10,033
Growth Rate: 24.24%
Absolute Growth: 2,432
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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: 6,795
Population 2010: 5,824
Growth Rate: 16.67%
Absolute Growth: 971
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4. Sun Prairie

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Population: 32,112
Population 2010: 27,808
Growth Rate: 15.48%
Absolute Growth: 4,304
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: 13,284
Population 2010: 11,557
Growth Rate: 14.94%
Absolute Growth: 1,727
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6. Holmen

Holmen, Wisconsin

Population: 9,693
Population 2010: 8,455
Growth Rate: 14.64%
Absolute Growth: 1,238
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.

7. Howard

Howard, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 19,121
Population 2010: 16,735
Growth Rate: 14.26%
Absolute Growth: 2,386
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.

8. Fitchburg

Fitchburg, Wisconsin

Source: Public domain

Population: 27,914
Population 2010: 24,466
Growth Rate: 14.09%
Absolute Growth: 3,448
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. Suamico


Population: 12,222
Population 2010: 10,867
Growth Rate: 12.47%
Absolute Growth: 1,355
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.

10. Oregon

Oregon, Wisconsin

Population: 10,033
Population 2010: 8,942
Growth Rate: 12.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,091
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.

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 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Hobart 8,178 5,993 2,185 36.5%
2 Verona 12,465 10,033 2,432 24.2%
3 Cottage Grove 6,795 5,824 971 16.7%
4 Sun Prairie 32,112 27,808 4,304 15.5%
5 Waunakee 13,284 11,557 1,727 14.9%
6 Holmen 9,693 8,455 1,238 14.6%
7 Howard 19,121 16,735 2,386 14.3%
8 Fitchburg 27,914 24,466 3,448 14.1%
9 Suamico 12,222 10,867 1,355 12.5%
10 Oregon 10,033 8,942 1,091 12.2%
11 Deforest 9,663 8,669 994 11.5%
12 Platteville 12,194 10,951 1,243 11.4%
13 Middleton 18,951 17,164 1,787 10.4%
14 Altoona 7,350 6,685 665 9.9%
15 Kronenwetter 7,534 6,887 647 9.4%
16 Bellevue 15,373 14,053 1,320 9.4%
17 Hudson 13,456 12,333 1,123 9.1%
18 Pewaukee 14,112 12,963 1,149 8.9%
19 Mcfarland 8,235 7,574 661 8.7%
20 Lake Hallie 6,666 6,135 531 8.7%
21 Madison 248,856 229,236 19,620 8.6%
22 Mount Horeb 7,383 6,807 576 8.5%
23 Slinger 5,269 4,870 399 8.2%
24 Mukwonago 7,644 7,090 554 7.8%
25 Oconomowoc 16,450 15,265 1,185 7.8%
26 Onalaska 18,452 17,137 1,315 7.7%
27 Oak Creek 35,588 33,069 2,519 7.6%
28 Pleasant Prairie 20,552 19,124 1,428 7.5%
29 Jackson 6,942 6,474 468 7.2%
30 Evansville 5,222 4,875 347 7.1%
31 Franklin 36,295 34,058 2,237 6.6%
32 De Pere 24,695 23,225 1,470 6.3%
33 New Richmond 8,761 8,254 507 6.1%
34 Hartford 14,552 13,747 805 5.9%
35 Plover 12,494 11,830 664 5.6%
36 Reedsburg 9,480 8,982 498 5.5%
37 Kaukauna 15,883 15,075 808 5.4%
38 Menasha 17,945 17,033 912 5.4%
39 Monona 7,989 7,598 391 5.1%
40 Little Chute 11,006 10,493 513 4.9%
41 Sussex 10,763 10,262 501 4.9%
42 West Salem 5,006 4,773 233 4.9%
43 Sturtevant 6,977 6,654 323 4.9%
44 Weston 15,068 14,381 687 4.8%
45 Waterford 5,392 5,161 231 4.5%
46 Delafield 7,298 6,987 311 4.5%
47 Kimberly 6,718 6,432 286 4.4%
48 Eau Claire 67,945 65,133 2,812 4.3%
49 Muskego 24,731 23,726 1,005 4.2%
50 Tomah 9,347 8,975 372 4.1%
51 St. Francis 9,532 9,167 365 4.0%
52 Port Washington 11,589 11,146 443 4.0%
53 Lake Mills 5,816 5,602 214 3.8%
54 River Falls 15,256 14,696 560 3.8%
55 Stoughton 13,058 12,599 459 3.6%
56 Menomonee Falls 36,411 35,221 1,190 3.4%
57 Whitewater 14,762 14,290 472 3.3%
58 Wauwatosa 47,687 46,179 1,508 3.3%
59 Hartland 9,218 8,928 290 3.2%
60 Waukesha 72,173 69,946 2,227 3.2%
61 Sheboygan Falls 7,850 7,608 242 3.2%
62 Mequon 23,787 23,097 690 3.0%
63 West Bend 31,656 30,764 892 2.9%
64 Richfield 11,539 11,225 314 2.8%
65 North Fond Du Lac 5,069 4,935 134 2.7%
66 Edgerton 5,496 5,363 133 2.5%
67 Elkhorn 9,930 9,693 237 2.4%
68 Burlington 10,652 10,398 254 2.4%
69 Sparta 9,621 9,392 229 2.4%
70 Greenfield 37,082 36,214 868 2.4%
71 Twin Lakes 6,040 5,901 139 2.4%
72 Mount Pleasant 26,300 25,702 598 2.3%
73 Greendale 14,293 13,980 313 2.2%
74 Elm Grove 6,127 6,001 126 2.1%
75 Grafton 11,576 11,338 238 2.1%
76 Chippewa Falls 13,920 13,640 280 2.1%
77 Neenah 25,821 25,328 493 1.9%
78 Rothschild 5,292 5,195 97 1.9%
79 Baraboo 12,080 11,861 219 1.8%
80 Germa 19,956 19,609 347 1.8%
81 Brown Deer 12,076 11,867 209 1.8%
82 Oshkosh 66,649 65,507 1,142 1.7%
83 Columbus 5,004 4,920 84 1.7%
84 Shorewood 13,367 13,144 223 1.7%
85 Appleton 73,832 72,620 1,212 1.7%
86 Milwaukee 599,086 589,697 9,389 1.6%
87 La Crosse 51,928 51,232 696 1.4%
88 Kenosha 99,623 98,297 1,326 1.3%
89 Beaver Dam 16,346 16,133 213 1.3%
90 Plymouth 8,477 8,372 105 1.3%
91 Cudahy 18,350 18,127 223 1.2%
92 Caledonia 24,803 24,540 263 1.1%
93 Lake Geneva 7,766 7,685 81 1.1%
94 Cedarburg 11,499 11,382 117 1.0%
95 Fort Atkinson 12,429 12,303 126 1.0%
96 South Milwaukee 21,185 20,971 214 1.0%
97 Menomonie 16,222 16,061 161 1.0%
98 Milton 5,566 5,515 51 0.9%
99 West Allis 60,546 60,009 537 0.9%
100 Pewaukee 8,214 8,143 71 0.9%

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