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 Cheyenne and Casper, while others want peace and quiet like in Worland and Powell, 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 Wyoming 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 Equality State that have people climbing over each other to get in.
These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Wyoming for 2018 according to the most recent census data:
- Gillette (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Casper (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Douglas (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Jackson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Rock Springs (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Cheyenne (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Laramie (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Riverton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Torrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lander (Photos | Homes For Sale)
If you happen to be a resident of Gillette, 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 Wyoming are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.
How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Equality 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 17 Wyoming 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 Equality 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: 32,033 Population 2010: 27,141
Growth Rate: 18.02%
Absolute Growth: 4,892
More on Gillette: Homes For Sale | Data
Gillette is a city in and the county seat of Campbell County, Wyoming, United States. The population was estimated at 31,797 as of 1 July 2013. Gillette is centrally located in an area involved with the development of vast quantities of American coal, oil, and coalbed methane gas. The city calls itself the “Energy Capital of the Nation,” noting that the state of Wyoming provides nearly 35% of the nation’s coal. Over the last decade Gillette saw a population increase of 48% from the 2000 census of 19,646 residents.
Population: 59,397 Population 2010: 54,139
Growth Rate: 9.71%
Absolute Growth: 5,258
More on Casper: Homes For Sale | Data
Casper is a city in and the county seat of Natrona County, Wyoming, United States. Casper is the second largest city in the state, according to the 2010 census, with a population of 55,316. Only Cheyenne, the state capital, is larger. Casper is nicknamed “The Oil City” and has a long history of oil boomtown and cowboy culture, dating back to the development of the nearby Salt Creek Oil Field. In 2010, Casper was named the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation in Forbes magazine’s list of “the best small cities to raise a family”.
Population: 6,478 Population 2010: 5,932
Growth Rate: 9.2%
Absolute Growth: 546
More on Douglas: Homes For Sale | Data
Douglas is a city in Converse County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 6,120 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Converse County and the home of the Wyoming State Fair.
Population: 10,279 Population 2010: 9,441
Growth Rate: 8.88%
Absolute Growth: 838
More on Jackson: Homes For Sale | Data
Jackson is a town in the Jackson Hole valley of Teton County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 9,577 at the 2010 census, up from 8,647 in 2000. It is the county seat of Teton County and is its largest town.
5. Rock Springs
Population: 23,967 Population 2010: 22,017
Growth Rate: 8.86%
Absolute Growth: 1,950
More on Rock Springs: Homes For Sale | Data
Rock Springs is a city in Sweetwater County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 23,036 at the 2010 census, making it the 5th most populated city in the state of Wyoming. Rock Springs is the principal city of the Rock Springs micropolitan statistical area, which has a population of 37,975. Rock Springs is known as the Home of 56 Nationalities because of the influx of immigrants from all over the world who came to work in the coal mines that supplied the fuel to power the steam engines of the Union Pacific Railroad. The city’s rich cultural heritage is celebrated each summer on International Day, a festival where the foods, costumes, and traditions of residents’ ancestors are recreated and enjoyed at Bunning Park in downtown Rock Springs.
Population: 62,879 Population 2010: 57,935
Growth Rate: 8.53%
Absolute Growth: 4,944
More on Cheyenne: Homes For Sale | Data
Cheyenne (/aæn/ shy-AN or /an/) is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. It is the principal city of the Cheyenne, Wyoming, Metropolitan Statistical Area which encompasses all of Laramie County. The population was 59,466 at the 2010 census. Cheyenne is the northern terminus of the extensive and fast-growing Front Range Urban Corridor that stretches from Cheyenne to Pueblo, Colorado, and has a population of 4,333,742 according to the 2010 United States Census. Cheyenne is situated on Crow Creek and Dry Creek. The Cheyenne, Wyoming Metropolitan Area had a 2010 population of 91,738, making it the 354th-most populous metropolitan area in the United States.
Population: 32,096 Population 2010: 29,671
Growth Rate: 8.17%
Absolute Growth: 2,425
More on Laramie: Homes For Sale | Data
Laramie /lærmi/ is a city and the county seat of Albany County, Wyoming, United States. The population was 30,816 at the 2010 census. Located on the Laramie River in southeastern Wyoming, the city is west of Cheyenne, at the junction of Interstate 80 and U.S. Route 287.
Population: 11,044 Population 2010: 10,246
Growth Rate: 7.79%
Absolute Growth: 798
More on Riverton: Homes For Sale | Data
Riverton is a city in Fremont County, Wyoming, United States. The city’s population was 10,615 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city in the county overall.
Population: 6,759 Population 2010: 6,281
Growth Rate: 7.61%
Absolute Growth: 478
More on Torrington: Homes For Sale | Data
Torrington is a city in, and the county seat of, Goshen County, Wyoming United States. The population was 6,501 at the 2010 census.
Population: 7,744 Population 2010: 7,297
Growth Rate: 6.13%
Absolute Growth: 447
More on Lander: Homes For Sale | Data
Lander is a city in, and the county seat of, Fremont County, Wyoming, United States. Named for transcontinental explorer Frederick W. Lander, Lander is located in central Wyoming, along the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River. A tourism center with several dude ranches nearby, Lander is located just south of the Wind River Indian Reservation. The population was 7,487 at the 2010 census.
These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Wyoming are led by Gillette 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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