The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Nevada For 2021

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

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 Las Vegas and Henderson, while others want peace and quiet like in Winnemucca and Fallon, 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 Nevada 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 Silver State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

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

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Nevada For 2021

  1. Mesquite
  2. Henderson
  3. North Las Vegas
  4. Sparks
  5. Elko
  6. Reno
  7. Las Vegas
  8. Fernley
  9. Winnemucca
  10. Boulder City

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

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

For more Nevada state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Nevada For 2021

1. Mesquite

Mesquite, NV

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Population: 18,446
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 14,608
Percent Growth 26.3%
Absolute Growth: 3,838
More on Mesquite: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Henderson

Henderson, NV

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Population: 300,116
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 249,250
Percent Growth 20.4%
Absolute Growth: 50,866
More on Henderson: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 241,369
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 203,951
Percent Growth 18.3%
Absolute Growth: 37,418
More on North Las Vegas: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Sparks

Sparks, NV

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Population: 100,589
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 87,301
Percent Growth 15.2%
Absolute Growth: 13,288
More on Sparks: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Elko

Elko, NV

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Population: 20,304
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 17,784
Percent Growth 14.2%
Absolute Growth: 2,520
More on Elko: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Reno

Reno, NV

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Population: 246,500
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 220,996
Percent Growth 11.5%
Absolute Growth: 25,504
More on Reno: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV

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Population: 634,773
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 579,786
Percent Growth 9.5%
Absolute Growth: 54,987
More on Las Vegas: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Fernley

Fernley, NV

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Population: 20,068
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 18,378
Percent Growth 9.2%
Absolute Growth: 1,690
More on Fernley: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Winnemucca

Winnemucca, NV

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Population: 7,762
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 7,142
Percent Growth 8.7%
Absolute Growth: 620
More on Winnemucca: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

10. Boulder City

Boulder City, NV

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Population: 15,840
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 15,399
Percent Growth 2.9%
Absolute Growth: 441
More on Boulder City: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Silver 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 12 Nevada 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 Silver 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 Nevada with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Nevada Graph For 2021

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

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Nevada are led by Mesquite 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. Fallon
  2. Carson City
  3. Boulder City

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Nevada For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Mesquite 26.3% 18,446 14,608
2 Henderson 20.4% 300,116 249,250
3 North Las Vegas 18.3% 241,369 203,951
4 Sparks 15.2% 100,589 87,301
5 Elko 14.2% 20,304 17,784
6 Reno 11.5% 246,500 220,996
7 Las Vegas 9.5% 634,773 579,786
8 Fernley 9.2% 20,068 18,378
9 Winnemucca 8.7% 7,762 7,142
10 Boulder City 2.9% 15,840 15,399

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