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)
- Casper (Photos)
- Douglas (Photos)
- Jackson (Photos)
- Rock Springs (Photos)
- Cheyenne (Photos)
- Laramie (Photos)
- Riverton (Photos)
- Torrington (Photos)
- Lander (Photos)
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.
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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
Population: 59,397 Population 2010: 54,139
Growth Rate: 9.71%
Absolute Growth: 5,258
Population: 6,478 Population 2010: 5,932
Growth Rate: 9.2%
Absolute Growth: 546
Population: 10,279 Population 2010: 9,441
Growth Rate: 8.88%
Absolute Growth: 838
5. Rock Springs
Population: 23,967 Population 2010: 22,017
Growth Rate: 8.86%
Absolute Growth: 1,950
Population: 62,879 Population 2010: 57,935
Growth Rate: 8.53%
Absolute Growth: 4,944
Population: 32,096 Population 2010: 29,671
Growth Rate: 8.17%
Absolute Growth: 2,425
Population: 11,044 Population 2010: 10,246
Growth Rate: 7.79%
Absolute Growth: 798
Population: 6,759 Population 2010: 6,281
Growth Rate: 7.61%
Absolute Growth: 478
Population: 7,744 Population 2010: 7,297
Growth Rate: 6.13%
Absolute Growth: 447
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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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Wyoming