The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Ohio 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 Ohio.

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 Columbus and Cleveland, while others want peace and quiet like in Munroe Falls and St. Clairsville, 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 Ohio 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 Buckeye State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

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

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

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

For more Ohio state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Ohio For 2022

1. South Lebanon

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Population: 5,885
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 14)
Population 2010: 3,809
Percent Growth 54.5%
Absolute Growth: 2,076
More on South Lebanon: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Sunbury

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Population: 5,934
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 4,168
Percent Growth 42.4%
Absolute Growth: 1,766
More on Sunbury: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Sunbury, OH

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3. Harrison

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Population: 12,763
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,394
Percent Growth 35.9%
Absolute Growth: 3,369
More on Harrison: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Harrison, OH

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4. Hilliard

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Population: 37,023
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 27,505
Percent Growth 34.6%
Absolute Growth: 9,518
More on Hilliard: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Hilliard, OH

5. Grandview Heights

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Population: 8,254
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 6,548
Percent Growth 26.1%
Absolute Growth: 1,706
More on Grandview Heights: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Grandview Heights, OH

6. Pickerington

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Population: 21,257
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 17,003
Percent Growth 25.0%
Absolute Growth: 4,254
More on Pickerington: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Pickerington, OH

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7. Delaware

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Population: 41,818
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 33,672
Percent Growth 24.2%
Absolute Growth: 8,146
More on Delaware: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Delaware, OH

8. Powell

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Population: 13,353
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Population 2010: 10,773
Percent Growth 23.9%
Absolute Growth: 2,580
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Powell, OH

9. Obetz

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Population: 5,205
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Population 2010: 4,250
Percent Growth 22.5%
Absolute Growth: 955
More on Obetz: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Obetz, OH

10. Grove City

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Population: 41,394
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Population 2010: 33,947
Percent Growth 21.9%
Absolute Growth: 7,447
More on Grove City: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Grove City, OH

Methodology: How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Buckeye 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 248 Ohio 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 Buckeye 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 Ohio with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Ohio Graph For 2022

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

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Ohio are led by South Lebanon 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. Ada
  2. East Cleveland
  3. Logan

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Ohio For 2022

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 South Lebanon 54.5% 5,885 3,809
2 Sunbury 42.4% 5,934 4,168
3 Harrison 35.9% 12,763 9,394
4 Hilliard 34.6% 37,023 27,505
5 Grandview Heights 26.1% 8,254 6,548
6 Pickerington 25.0% 21,257 17,003
7 Delaware 24.2% 41,818 33,672
8 Powell 23.9% 13,353 10,773
9 Obetz 22.5% 5,205 4,250
10 Grove City 21.9% 41,394 33,947

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