Greater Madison Region leads the state in population growth
June 5, 2017
Madison added more people from 2015 to 2016 than any other community in the state. and Dane County similarly led all other 71 counties in population growth, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Diving deeper into the data, three Dane County communities – Cross Plains, Verona, and Fitchburg – were among the ten fastest growing communities in the state over the past year as a percentage of total population. Other fast-growing communities in the Greater Madison Region include Wisconsin Dells, Waunakee, Oregon, and Cottage Grove. Even Madison, despite its size, grew a robust 1.6 percent from 2015 to 2016.
Dane County’s total population increase since the 2010 Census, from 488,073 to 531,273, puts Wisconsin’s fastest-growing county well ahead of the growth anticipated by the state’s official population projections. (The Department of Administration projected that Dane County would reach this population in about the year 2021.) This growth demonstrates, first, the uncertainty of trying to anticipate future change, and second, the influence of the Greater Madison Region’s strong economy and job market. Despite this uncertainty, the fact that growth may occur faster than expected makes it all the more important to imagine a range of possible changes so we can be better prepared for the future!
Check out the tables and map below to view population data for the state and region.
|County||2015 Population Estimate||2016 Population Estimate||2015-2016 change||2015-2016 percent change|
|Eau Claire County||102,119||102,965||846||0.8%|
|St. Croix County||87,502||88,029||527||0.6%|
|Municipality||County||Population 2015||Population 2016||2015-2016 change||2015-2016 percent change|
|Wisconsin Dells||Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Sauk||2705||2808||103||3.8%|