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.

Read further coverage of these trends in an article in the Wisconsin State Journal.

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
Dane County 522,878 531,273 8,395 1.6%
Vernon County 30,523 30,814 291 1.0%
Pierce County 40,884 41,238 354 0.9%
Eau Claire County 102,119 102,965 846 0.8%
Brown County 258,520 260,401 1,881 0.7%
Outagamie County 183,264 184,526 1,262 0.7%
St. Croix County 87,502 88,029 527 0.6%
Washburn County 15,556 15,648 92 0.6%
Waukesha County 396,311 398,424 2,113 0.5%
Waushara County 24,041 24,162 121 0.5%
Municipality County Population 2015 Population 2016 2015-2016 change 2015-2016 percent change
Lannon Waukesha 1085 1143 58 5.3%
Delafield Waukesha 7169 7494 325 4.5%
Eagle River Vilas 1364 1419 55 4.0%
Hobart Brown 8272 8599 327 4.0%
Cross Plains Dane 3995 4148 153 3.8%
Wisconsin Dells Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Sauk 2705 2808 103 3.8%
Verona Dane 12521 12969 448 3.6%
Suamico Brown 12178 12588 410 3.4%
Fitchburg Dane 27954 28875 921 3.3%
Plum City Pierce 578 595 17 2.9%