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 Douglas, 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:
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 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 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 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 31,110 Population 2010: 27,141
Growth Rate: 14.62%
Absolute Growth: 3,969
2. Rock Springs
Population: 23,684 Population 2010: 22,017
Growth Rate: 7.57%
Absolute Growth: 1,667
Population: 6,732 Population 2010: 6,281
Growth Rate: 7.18%
Absolute Growth: 451
Population: 57,815 Population 2010: 54,139
Growth Rate: 6.79%
Absolute Growth: 3,676
Population: 31,601 Population 2010: 29,671
Growth Rate: 6.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,930
Population: 10,902 Population 2010: 10,246
Growth Rate: 6.4%
Absolute Growth: 656
Population: 61,470 Population 2010: 57,935
Growth Rate: 6.1%
Absolute Growth: 3,535
Population: 6,272 Population 2010: 5,932
Growth Rate: 5.73%
Absolute Growth: 340
Population: 9,967 Population 2010: 9,441
Growth Rate: 5.57%
Absolute Growth: 526
Population: 7,627 Population 2010: 7,297
Growth Rate: 4.52%
Absolute Growth: 330
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Wyoming are led by Gillette 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 Wyoming