The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Kentucky For 2024

The fastest-growing cities in Kentucky are Mount Washington and Wilmore for 2024 based on Saturday Night Science.

Is being in an area of Kentucky that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask.

Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Louisville and Lexington, while others want peace and quiet like in Hazard and Williamsburg, thank you very much.

But today, we’re going to put opinions aside and look at the cold, hard facts — since 2010, which cities in Kentucky have grown the fastest.

After getting knee-deep in the Census’s American Community Survey using Saturday Night Science, we emerged with this set of cities in the Bluegrass State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

Fastest Growing Cities In Kentucky Map

What’s the fastest growing city in Kentucky for 2024? Based on the most recent ACS data, Mount Washington ranks as the fastest-growing city in Kentucky. If you happen to be a resident of Mount Washington, you’re probably not surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised — and you’re wondering why these places are a big deal — keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Kentucky grow like weeds.

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The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Kentucky For 2024

1. Mount Washington

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Population: 17,987
Population 2010: 9,049
Percent Growth 98.8%
Absolute Growth: 8,938
More on Mount Washington: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

2. Wilmore

Wilmore, KY

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Population: 6,017
Population 2010: 3,740
Percent Growth 60.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,277
More on Wilmore: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

3. Walton

Walton, KY

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Population: 5,492
Population 2010: 3,467
Percent Growth 58.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,025
More on Walton: Data | Real Estate

4. Vine Grove

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Population: 6,611
Population 2010: 4,310
Percent Growth 53.4%
Absolute Growth: 2,301
More on Vine Grove: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

5. Union

Union, KY

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Population: 7,369
Population 2010: 5,018
Percent Growth 46.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,351
More on Union: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

6. Crestwood

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Population: 6,175
Population 2010: 4,248
Percent Growth 45.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,927
More on Crestwood: Data | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

7. Middletown

Middletown, KY

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Population: 9,594
Population 2010: 6,953
Percent Growth 38.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,641
More on Middletown: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

8. Georgetown

Georgetown, KY

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Population: 37,510
Population 2010: 27,268
Percent Growth 37.6%
Absolute Growth: 10,242
More on Georgetown: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

9. Shepherdsville

Shepherdsville, KY

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Population: 14,136
Population 2010: 10,813
Percent Growth 30.7%
Absolute Growth: 3,323
More on Shepherdsville: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

10. La Grange

La Grange, KY

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Population: 10,073
Population 2010: 7,761
Percent Growth 29.8%
Absolute Growth: 2,312
More on La Grange: Data | Crime | Cost Of Living | Real Estate

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Bluegrass State for 2024

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we used Saturday Night Science to look at the growth rates for cities since 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 2022)

We ranked all 80 Kentucky 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 Bluegrass 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]

The data has been updated for 2024. This report is our tenth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Kentucky.

Here’s a graph of the cities in Kentucky with the most significant percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Kentucky Graph For 2024

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Summary: These Places Grew Up So Fast In Kentucky, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Kentucky are led by Mount Washington which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

The fastest-growing cities in Kentucky are Mount Washington, Wilmore, Walton, Vine Grove, Union, Crestwood, Middletown, Georgetown, Shepherdsville, and La Grange.

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. Middlesborough
  2. Newport
  3. Bellevue

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Fastest Growing Places In Kentucky For 2024

Rank City Population Population 2010 Growth Absolute Growth
1 Mount Washington 17,987 9,049 98.8% 8,938
2 Wilmore 6,017 3,740 60.9% 2,277
3 Walton 5,492 3,467 58.4% 2,025
4 Vine Grove 6,611 4,310 53.4% 2,301
5 Union 7,369 5,018 46.9% 2,351
6 Crestwood 6,175 4,248 45.4% 1,927
7 Middletown 9,594 6,953 38.0% 2,641
8 Georgetown 37,510 27,268 37.6% 10,242
9 Shepherdsville 14,136 10,813 30.7% 3,323
10 La Grange 10,073 7,761 29.8% 2,312
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