Kirkland ranked No. 2, while Burien came in at No. 10 in a list compiled by, a career-advice website. While both are growing quickly, a good part of the growth came from annexations.

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The nation’s cities are always ranked for being the biggest and the greatest. One list released last week went small and two Washington cities measured up.

Kirkland and Burien cracked a list of top 10 fastest growing small cities in the U.S., according to career advice website Kirkland ranked No. 2 and Burien No. 10.

Zippia used Census data from the 2010 and 2014 American Community Surveys to rank 3,031 small cities in America by growth rate. To qualify, the city’s population has to be between 5,000 to 100,000 people.

The website found that Kirkland’s population grew from less than 48,000 in 2010 to more than 83,000 in 2014, making it the second fastest growing small city in the country, behind Zionsville, Ind. Zippia characterized Kirkland as an affordable place surrounded by nature with a bustling downtown waterfront and art scene..

The website also found that Burien’s population grew from 32,743 in 2010 to 49,291 in 2014, characterizing it as a city surrounded by beautiful nature with a charming downtown and a short commute to Seattle.

While the numbers shot up, the growth of both cities has been boosted by annexation. In 2011 Kirkland annexed the Finn Hill, North Juanita, and Kingsgate areas, bringing in more than 30,000 residents. Likewise, the annexation of the North Highline area brought about 17,000 into Burien.

“We are growing, but like a lot of the communities around here we are expected to take a certain amount of growth in the urban areas and we are building a lot of development,” said Kirkland Deputy City Manager Marilynne Beard.

Burien Communications Officer Katie Whittier echoed a similar sentiment. “Burien is growing, we love development and we are attracting a lot of new people,” she said.