Vineyard growing faster than many think 02

The Megaplex Theatre and new shops in front of the theater are pictured on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Vineyard.

Driving through Vineyard, you can see the growth, but according to population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday, it’s the fastest growing city in the country.

The population estimates for 2018 put Vineyard at 62.79% growth between 2017 and 2018, placing the city atop the list of fastest growing cities with populations above 1,000.

The city grew from 6,175 residents in 2017 to 10,052 as of July 1, 2018. The city recorded just 139 residents in the 2010 Census.

“It’s exciting. I feel like we’ve had this energy for a long time. I’ve been living here for 10 years. I moved in when there were 139 people,” said Julie Fullmer, Vineyard’s mayor. “That represents significant change. There’s always things to do, we’re always moving and preparing.”

Vineyard’s growth rate was nearly double the second-fastest growing city’s rate. Iowa Colony Village in Texas came took the No. 2 spot with a growth rate of 36%.

“Sometimes, we go and we say, ‘Hey, we’re growing really fast,’ but when everyone’s growing really fast, it’s hard to explain why that’s important for Vineyard,” Fullmer said. “We’re building from the ground up and we’re growing fast and soon, we’ll be built out. The rapid growth means our city needs people to know we’re growing that fast. ... We’re always having to tell people if you want something in two years, you have to buy it now.”

Eagle Mountain, American Fork and Elk Ridge were the only other cities in Utah County in the Top 100 for population growth since 2017. Eagle Mountain came in as the 46th fastest growing city with a growth rate of 10.9%. American Fork was ranked 56 with a population growth rate of 10.32%. Elk Ridge was 95th with a growth rate of 8.08%.

Orem, Payson, Alpine, Springville, Provo, Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills, Cedar Fort, Fairfield and Goshen all had lower population counts in 2018 than in 2017.

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