The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Michigan For 2022

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Michigan.

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 Detroit and Grand Rapids, while others want peace and quiet like in Allegan and Utica, 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 Michigan 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 Wolverine State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Michigan for 2022 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Michigan for 2022? Based on the most recent ACS data, Rockford ranks as the fastest growing city in Michigan. If you happen to be a resident of Rockford, 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 Michigan are growing like weeds.

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

For more Michigan state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Michigan For 2022

1. Rockford

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Population: 6,310
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,538
Percent Growth 13.9%
Absolute Growth: 772
More on Rockford: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Auburn Hills

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Population: 23,984
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 21,162
Percent Growth 13.3%
Absolute Growth: 2,822
More on Auburn Hills: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Auburn Hills, MI

3. Novi

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Population: 60,439
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 53,823
Percent Growth 12.3%
Absolute Growth: 6,616
More on Novi: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Novi, MI

4. Coldwater

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Population: 12,203
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 10,979
Percent Growth 11.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,224
More on Coldwater: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Coldwater, MI

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5. East Grand Rapids

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Population: 11,855
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 10,734
Percent Growth 10.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,121
More on East Grand Rapids: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

East Grand Rapids, MI

6. Chelsea

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Population: 5,378
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,875
Percent Growth 10.3%
Absolute Growth: 503
More on Chelsea: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Chelsea, MI

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7. Frankenmuth

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Population: 5,396
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Population 2010: 4,945
Percent Growth 9.1%
Absolute Growth: 451
More on Frankenmuth: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Frankenmuth, MI

8. New Baltimore

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Population: 12,333
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 11,327
Percent Growth 8.9%
Absolute Growth: 1,006
More on New Baltimore: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

New Baltimore, MI

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9. Kentwood

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Population: 51,780
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 48,242
Percent Growth 7.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,538
More on Kentwood: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Rochester

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Population: 13,203
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 12,312
Percent Growth 7.2%
Absolute Growth: 891
More on Rochester: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Rochester, MI

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Wolverine State for 2022

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 148 Michigan 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 Wolverine 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 Michigan with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Michigan Graph For 2022

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

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Michigan are led by Rockford 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. Highland Park
  2. Detroit
  3. Flint

For more Michigan reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Michigan For 2022

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Rockford 13.9% 6,310 5,538
2 Auburn Hills 13.3% 23,984 21,162
3 Novi 12.3% 60,439 53,823
4 Coldwater 11.1% 12,203 10,979
5 East Grand Rapids 10.4% 11,855 10,734
6 Chelsea 10.3% 5,378 4,875
7 Frankenmuth 9.1% 5,396 4,945
8 New Baltimore 8.9% 12,333 11,327
9 Kentwood 7.3% 51,780 48,242
10 Rochester 7.2% 13,203 12,312

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