What is the greatest boom town of all time over one decade?

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This photo shows about 25% of the crowd in Quartzsite in January! Maybe less as the boon dockers in the desert look light.

Summer population is ~50!

I'll be at a spot lower center on the 1st! Love Quartzsite time!


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Okay, I just had to look it up: I got to spend a few weeks in 1997 to experience the start of winter there. Very fun.

“Quartzsite is a well known destinations for snowbirds. In a Mohave Desert setting and only 879 feet above sea level, more than 1 million folks visit this community each year. The summer population is around 3430, but swells to a temporary peak of over 250,000 in the winter.”
BTW, that is 72x. Just sayin’
 

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Great replies all!


Thank you!


This is the standard, can anybody beat this?

think west coast and gold.

Frisco

Year Pop. ±%
1848
1,000 —
1849 25,000 +2400.0%
1852 34,776 +39.1%
1860 56,802 +63.3%
1870 149,473 +163.1%
1880 233,959 +56.5%
1890 298,997 +27.8%
1900 342,782 +14.6%
1910 416,912 +21.6%
1920 506,676 +21.5%
1930 634,394 +25.2%
1940 634,536 +0.0%
1950 775,357 +22.2%
1960 740,316 −4.5%
1970 715,674 −3.3%
1980 678,974 −5.1%
1990 723,959 +6.6%
2000 776,733 +7.3%
2010 805,235 +3.7%
2020 873,965 +8.5
 

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We moved to San Jose in 1964. I experienced Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area boom multiple times in 50 years. I saw major industrial areas built, demolished, and rebuilt 2-3 times. Homes which sold $12,000 new in 1965 are $1.5 million.
 

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Midland/Odessa has some frightening booms…followed by even scarier busts, all based on the price of oil. When in boom mode, everything is doubled or more in price…in bust mode it costs the same but there’s a lot more of it available.

examples: an oil change can see a 2 hour wait…grocery stores have always had supply chain issues…auto insurance insanely high…auto dealer repairs can take months…
 

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Has no one said Dubai? Backwater market till about 20 years ago. Thriving city today?
 

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Great answers, thank you.

San Francisco, 2400% in one year.

Tacoma Washington - two decades in a row above 1000%
1880 1,098 1,404.1%
1890 36,006 3,179.2%

Winnipeg
1881 7,995 +3217.4%

Richland Washington
1950 21,809 8,729.6%

thanks Larry. That is probably it. My Dad was there. His dad was a construction manager.


I still need to check Alaska, Sacramento, SLC, ?


Some people say some place in the 1980’s. In my opinion, that is not possible.
 

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I forgot to add this.

using NFL divisions to assess the boom towns.


The NFL divisions in order from least boom town potential to most boom town potential.

AFC south, NFC south, NFC east, AFC east, AFC north, NFC north, AFC west, NFC west.

I see a clear pattern top to bottom.

west
North
East
South
 

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I frequently look at the demographics for cities on Wikipedia.

doesn’t every body?


I think I know what city was the greatest boom town over one decade, but I can’t verify because there are too many cities to check.

I may check every NFL town just to get a feel for how different areas of the US compare.


The town or city is going to have to have at least 1000% population gain over one decade. The population would have had to multiply by 10 over 10 years.



what is the highest of all time, and what city is it?

San Fran?
 

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In today's paper was an article on shrinking places in Louisiana. The two fastest growing parishes, according to a map they showed, are Ascension, where Prairieville is, and St. Bernard.

I wonder if the latter are people FINALLY coming home after Katrina.
Geez............the BR Metro area grew from around 700,000 to 850,000 (that we are a part of). Too many people already! And here in P'ville they are building houses and subdivisions like there's no tomorrow. This used to be "the Country"! We could shoot, trap, fish with no traffic lights, a few stop signs and 19 cars to deal with. Ha. Now you have to get out driving at 6 a.m. to get inline for the interstate in the mornings. They DO have a damn good school system down here tho'. Well, better'n most!
 

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Phoenix was small(ish) when I moved out there in 1978. Only pro sport was basketball.
There were orange groves between Phoenix and Scottsdale. The horse track up on Bell Road was out in the desert. We were hunting doves and quail behind the Arabian horse stables at Bell and Scottsdale roads.

By 1998, there were no more orange groves in the valley. All were consumed by housing developments. The city had stretched way north of Bell Road. The Arabian stables were gone.
It was a solid sea of humanity from Apache Junction to Sun City West.

I left there in 2000. Had experienced all the urban sprawl I could handle.

Moved to South Jersey to help my parents out of this world.

I now live in an area where I see deer, geese, and turkeys almost every day. Hunt geese in cut corn fields that are less than 5 miles from home. Stop and pick a few ears of the best sweet corn on earth on my way home from work when the season is rite (I know the farmer). I am "rural".

So my vote for the Boom Town, is Phoenix (the entire valley though). Early 80's to early 90's.
At one point, I read (yup, in a newspaper), that there were approximately 30,000 people moving into the valley a month. 30 Thousand a month! Yikes!


Thanks for this. I enjoyed reading about old Phoenix.

I am into the old west, and I appreciate agriculture.

my daughter attends ASU and my wife and I have visited ASU twice.

one of my more recent interests is locating irrigation canals, like in the Yakima valley in central Washington.

when I was in Tempe, I had to locate the Tempe canal, and was very impressed with the treatment of the Scottsdale canal as a desirable water feature in the heart of the old town. I also picked up on the fact that there used to be a canal at the base of ‘A’ mountain.
 

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I drove a concrete mixer in Phoenix, AZ (and nearby area) back around 87-97 and it was unrecognizable in that amount of time. I don't even know if that was the fastest time of growth or not, but it was fast!
 




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