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Wentzville is Missouri’s Fastest-Growing City

Office BuildingsWentzville is the fastest growing city in Missouri from 2000 to 2008, according to recently released data from the U. S. Census Bureau. Wentzville increased in population by over 200 percent, adding more than 16,000 residents to the city since the 2000 Census.

Other cities with a population change of over 100% between 2000 to 2008 were Oronogo (1,184), Rogersville (1,479) and Grain Valley (5,126).

Top Missouri Cities Population % Changes 2000 to 2008
NAME % Chg 2000 to 2008 Chg 2000 to 2008 2008 2000
Wentzville  244.7% 16,589 23,768 6,896
Oronogo  122.7% 1,184 2,174 976
Rogersville  102.1% 1,479 3,047 1,508
Grain Valley  100.6% 5,126 10,352 5,160
Wright City  93.7% 1,321 2,967 1,532
Licking  88.4% 1,296 2,772 1,471
Ozark  87.2% 7,960 18,095 9,665
Dardenne Prairie  87.0% 3,501 8,197 4,384
Troy  82.1% 5,494 12,270 6,737
Peculiar  78.5% 1,938 4,649 2,604
Battlefield  78.2% 1,776 4,249 2,385
Lone Jack  73.7% 389 917 528
Bonne Terre  69.7% 2,815 6,854 4,039
Truesdale  66.5% 264 661 397
Cottleville  64.2% 1,158 3,166 1,928

The largest numeric population increase for 2000 to 2008 was in the city of O'Fallon, which added 27,890 residents to its population followed by Wentzville with 16,589 new residents. Other large population increases occurred in Columbia (15,475), Lee's Summit (13,390), and Kansas City (10,029).

Top Missouri Cities Population Increases 2000 to 2008
NAME % Chg 2000 to 2008 Chg 2000 to 2008 2008 2000
O'Fallon  57.0% 27,890 76,819 46,169
Wentzville  244.7% 16,589 23,768 6,896
Columbia  18.2% 15,475 100,733 84,531
Lee's Summit  19.1% 13,490 84,208 70,700
Kansas City  2.3% 10,029 451,572 441,545
Ozark  87.2% 7,960 18,095 9,665
Blue Springs  15.6% 7,499 55,698 48,080
Nixa  55.3% 6,900 18,829 12,124
Raymore  58.8% 6,582 17,703 11,146
St. Louis  1.8% 6,172 354,361 348,189
Troy  82.1% 5,494 12,270 6,737
Grain Valley  100.6% 5,126 10,352 5,160
Republic  54.0% 4,808 13,715 8,438
Liberty  16.5% 4,336 30,568 26,232
Joplin  9.3% 4,227 49,775 45,504

Some of Missouri's rapidly growing cities between 2007 and 2008 include Pevely with a 27.7 percent increase and a 1,233 rise in population, Wentzville with a 6.1 percent increase, adding 1,358 to its population and O'Fallon with a 2.6 percent rise and 1,952 more residents.

The fastest-growing growing cities in the nation between 2007 and 2008 were New Orleans, Louisiana and Round Rock, Texas with an increase of 8.2 percent. As of July 1, 2008, the population of New Orleans was 311,853, up from 210,768 in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina but still below the pre-hurricane level of 484,674.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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