The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Washington 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 Washington.

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 Seattle and Spokane, while others want peace and quiet like in Wapato and Sultan, 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 Washington 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 Evergreen State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

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

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Washington For 2021

  1. Kirkland
  2. Ridgefield
  3. Burien
  4. Connell
  5. Sammamish
  6. Snoqualmie
  7. Airway Heights
  8. Kent
  9. Yelm
  10. Liberty Lake

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

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

For more Washington state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Washington For 2021

1. Kirkland

Kirkland, WA

Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 89,438
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 47,677
Percent Growth 87.6%
Absolute Growth: 41,761
More on Kirkland: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

2. Ridgefield

Ridgefield, WA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,767
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 4,364
Percent Growth 78.0%
Absolute Growth: 3,403
More on Ridgefield: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Burien

Burien, WA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 51,477
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population 2010: 32,743
Percent Growth 57.2%
Absolute Growth: 18,734
More on Burien: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Connell

Connell, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 5,517
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 3,570
Percent Growth 54.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,947
More on Connell: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Sammamish

Sammamish, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 64,674
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 43,341
Percent Growth 49.2%
Absolute Growth: 21,333
More on Sammamish: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Snoqualmie

Snoqualmie, WA

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 13,480
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 9,058
Percent Growth 48.8%
Absolute Growth: 4,422
More on Snoqualmie: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Airway Heights

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,560
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 5,819
Percent Growth 47.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,741
More on Airway Heights: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Kent

Kent, WA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 131,118
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 89,446
Percent Growth 46.6%
Absolute Growth: 41,672
More on Kent: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

9. Yelm