The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Alabama For 2021


We used data and science to determine the places in Alabama everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Alabama.

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 Birmingham and Montgomery, while others want peace and quiet like in Rainsville and Glencoe, 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 Alabama 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 Heart Of Dixie that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Alabama for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Alabama For 2021

  1. Pike Road
  2. Chelsea
  3. Fairhope
  4. Foley
  5. Gulf Shores
  6. Calera
  7. Spanish Fort
  8. Robertsdale
  9. Wetumpka
  10. Auburn

What's the fastest growing city in Alabama for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Pike Road ranks as the fastest growing city in Alabama. If you happen to be a resident of Pike Road, 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 Alabama are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Alabama or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Alabama For 2021

1. Pike Road

Pike Road, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 9,320
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,072
Percent Growth 83.8%
Absolute Growth: 4,248
More on Pike Road: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Chelsea

Chelsea, AL

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,098
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,202
Percent Growth 42.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,896
More on Chelsea: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Fairhope

Fairhope, AL

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 21,083
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 14,927
Percent Growth 41.2%
Absolute Growth: 6,156
More on Fairhope: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Foley

Foley, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 18,533
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 13,570
Percent Growth 36.6%
Absolute Growth: 4,963
More on Foley: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Gulf Shores

Gulf Shores, AL

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,267
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 9,035
Percent Growth 35.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,232
More on Gulf Shores: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Calera

Calera, AL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 13,856
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 10,374
Percent Growth 33.6%
Absolute Growth: 3,482
More on Calera: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Spanish Fort

Spanish Fort, AL

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 8,601
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 6,624
Percent Growth 29.8%
Absolute Growth: 1,977
More on Spanish Fort: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Robertsdale

Robertsdale, AL

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,473
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 5,052
Percent Growth 28.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,421
More on Robertsdale: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Wetumpka

Wetumpka, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 8,243
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 6,480
Percent Growth 27.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,763
More on Wetumpka: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Auburn

Auburn, AL

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 64,054
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 51,057
Percent Growth 25.5%
Absolute Growth: 12,997
More on Auburn: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Heart Of Dixie for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 103 Alabama 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 Heart Of Dixie.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Alabama with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Alabama Graph For 2021

Click to enlarge

These Places Grew Up So Fast In Alabama, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Alabama are led by Pike Road 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Tuskegee
  2. Selma
  3. Monroeville

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Alabama For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Pike Road 83.8% 9,320 5,072
2 Chelsea 42.3% 13,098 9,202
3 Fairhope 41.2% 21,083 14,927
4 Foley 36.6% 18,533 13,570
5 Gulf Shores 35.8% 12,267 9,035
6 Calera 33.6% 13,856 10,374
7 Spanish Fort 29.8% 8,601 6,624
8 Robertsdale 28.1% 6,473 5,052
9 Wetumpka 27.2% 8,243 6,480
10 Auburn 25.5% 64,054 51,057

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