The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Indiana For 2021


We used data and science to determine the places in Indiana 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 Indiana.

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 Indianapolis and Fort Wayne, while others want peace and quiet like in Linton and Monticello, 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 Indiana 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 Hoosier State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

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

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

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

For more Indiana state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Indiana For 2021

1. Whitestown

Whitestown, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 8,312
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 1,915
Percent Growth 334.0%
Absolute Growth: 6,397
More on Whitestown: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Zionsville

Zionsville, IN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 27,463
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 13,444
Percent Growth 104.3%
Absolute Growth: 14,019
More on Zionsville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Bargersville

Bargersville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 7,085
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,888
Percent Growth 82.2%
Absolute Growth: 3,197
More on Bargersville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,551
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 29,344
Percent Growth 65.5%
Absolute Growth: 19,207
More on West Lafayette: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Mccordsville

Mccordsville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,857
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,187
Percent Growth 63.8%
Absolute Growth: 2,670
More on Mccordsville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Avon

Avon, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,453
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 11,653
Percent Growth 49.8%
Absolute Growth: 5,800
More on Avon: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Sellersburg

Sellersburg, IN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 9,066
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 6,115
Percent Growth 48.3%
Absolute Growth: 2,951
More on Sellersburg: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Hunte

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,789
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,702
Percent Growth 44.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,087
More on Hunte: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Winfield

Winfield, IN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,705
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,956
Percent Growth 44.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,749
More on Winfield: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Noblesville

Noblesville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 63,071
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 48,712
Percent Growth 29.5%
Absolute Growth: 14,359
More on Noblesville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Hoosier State 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 117 Indiana 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 Hoosier State.

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 Indiana with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Indiana Graph For 2021

Click to enlarge

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

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Indiana are led by Whitestown 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. Hartford City
  2. Gary
  3. Portland

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Indiana For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Whitestown 334.0% 8,312 1,915
2 Zionsville 104.3% 27,463 13,444
3 Bargersville 82.2% 7,085 3,888
4 West Lafayette 65.5% 48,551 29,344
5 Mccordsville 63.8% 6,857 4,187
6 Avon 49.8% 17,453 11,653
7 Sellersburg 48.3% 9,066 6,115
8 Hunte 44.4% 6,789 4,702
9 Winfield 44.2% 5,705 3,956
10 Noblesville 29.5% 63,071 48,712

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About Chris Kolmar

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