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:
- Hobart (Photos)
- Verona (Photos)
- Cottage Grove (Photos)
- Holmen (Photos)
- Sun Prairie (Photos)
- Howard (Photos)
- Waunakee (Photos)
- Oregon (Photos)
- Mount Horeb (Photos)
- Suamico (Photos)
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
We ranked all 140 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 6,951 Population 2010: 5,993
Growth Rate: 15.99%
Absolute Growth: 958
Population: 11,353 Population 2010: 10,033
Growth Rate: 13.16%
Absolute Growth: 1,320
3. Cottage Grove
Population: 6,533 Population 2010: 5,824
Growth Rate: 12.17%
Absolute Growth: 709
Population: 9,335 Population 2010: 8,455
Growth Rate: 10.41%
Absolute Growth: 880
5. Sun Prairie
Population: 30,601 Population 2010: 27,808
Growth Rate: 10.04%
Absolute Growth: 2,793
Population: 18,313 Population 2010: 16,735
Growth Rate: 9.43%
Absolute Growth: 1,578
Population: 12,613 Population 2010: 11,557
Growth Rate: 9.14%
Absolute Growth: 1,056
Population: 9,629 Population 2010: 8,942
Growth Rate: 7.68%
Absolute Growth: 687
9. Mount Horeb
Population: 7,286 Population 2010: 6,807
Growth Rate: 7.04%
Absolute Growth: 479
Population: 11,621 Population 2010: 10,867
Growth Rate: 6.94%
Absolute Growth: 754
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Wisconsin are led by Hobart which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five 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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