These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Arizona For 2018


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Phoenix and Tucson, while others want peace and quiet like in Holbrook and Cave Creek, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Arizona have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Grand Canyon State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Arizona for 2018 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Queen Creek (Photos)
  2. Maricopa (Photos)
  3. San Luis
  4. Sahuarita (Photos)
  5. Marana (Photos)
  6. Goodyear (Photos)
  7. Surprise (Photos)
  8. El Mirage (Photos)
  9. Casa Grande (Photos)
  10. Gilbert (Photos)

If you happen to be a resident of Queen Creek, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re surprised–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Arizona are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

Or check out the Fastest Growing States In America.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Grand Canyon State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

We ranked all 58 Arizona cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Grand Canyon State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2016 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Arizona with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in arizona

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1. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 30,849
Population 2010: 23,055
Growth Rate: 33.81%
Absolute Growth: 7,794

2. Maricopa

Maricopa, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,473
Population 2010: 34,809
Growth Rate: 30.64%
Absolute Growth: 10,664

3. San Luis

San Luis, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,118
Population 2010: 23,829
Growth Rate: 30.59%
Absolute Growth: 7,289

4. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,780
Population 2010: 21,607
Growth Rate: 28.57%
Absolute Growth: 6,173

5. Marana

Marana, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,221
Population 2010: 31,443
Growth Rate: 27.92%
Absolute Growth: 8,778

6. Goodyear

Goodyear, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,629
Population 2010: 57,869
Growth Rate: 25.51%
Absolute Growth: 14,760

7. Surprise

Surprise, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 127,492
Population 2010: 103,767
Growth Rate: 22.86%
Absolute Growth: 23,725

8. El Mirage

El Mirage, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,937
Population 2010: 27,922
Growth Rate: 21.54%
Absolute Growth: 6,015

9. Casa Grande

Casa Grande, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,571
Population 2010: 43,050
Growth Rate: 19.79%
Absolute Growth: 8,521

10. Gilbert

Gilbert, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 226,832
Population 2010: 195,046
Growth Rate: 16.3%
Absolute Growth: 31,786

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Arizona are led by Queen Creek which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Arizona

City Rank Pop 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Queen Creek 1 30,849 23,055 7,794 33.8%
Maricopa 2 45,473 34,809 10,664 30.6%
San Luis 3 31,118 23,829 7,289 30.6%
Sahuarita 4 27,780 21,607 6,173 28.6%
Marana 5 40,221 31,443 8,778 27.9%
Goodyear 6 72,629 57,869 14,760 25.5%
Surprise 7 127,492 103,767 23,725 22.9%
El Mirage 8 33,937 27,922 6,015 21.5%
Casa Grande 9 51,571 43,050 8,521 19.8%
Gilbert 10 226,832 195,046 31,786 16.3%
Youn 11 6,563 5,684 879 15.5%
Avondale 12 80,631 70,274 10,357 14.7%
Eloy 13 17,128 15,125 2,003 13.2%
Somerton 14 14,866 13,230 1,636 12.4%
Coolidge 15 12,073 10,817 1,256 11.6%
Apache Junction 16 37,775 33,956 3,819 11.2%
Florence 17 26,221 23,616 2,605 11.0%
Guadalupe 18 6,172 5,577 595 10.7%
Prescott Valley 19 41,070 37,280 3,790 10.2%
Tolleson 20 6,985 6,386 599 9.4%
Flagstaff 21 69,270 63,909 5,361 8.4%
Cave Creek 22 5,275 4,911 364 7.4%
Phoenix 23 1,555,324 1,450,206 105,118 7.2%
Scottsdale 24 234,495 218,770 15,725 7.2%
Mesa 25 470,456 439,639 30,817 7.0%
Peoria 26 158,677 148,702 9,975 6.7%
Oro Valley 27 42,379 39,776 2,603 6.5%
Tempe 28 174,708 164,147 10,561 6.4%
Fountain Hills 29 23,863 22,506 1,357 6.0%
Chandler 30 242,131 229,531 12,600 5.5%
Show Low 31 10,875 10,320 555 5.4%
Paradise Valley 32 13,833 13,198 635 4.8%
Page 33 7,532 7,199 333 4.6%
Glendale 34 239,943 229,687 10,256 4.5%
Wickenburg 35 6,766 6,517 249 3.8%
Sierra Vista 36 44,381 42,904 1,477 3.4%
Litchfield Park 37 5,449 5,271 178 3.4%
Snowflake 38 5,643 5,461 182 3.3%
Chino Valley 39 11,015 10,661 354 3.3%
Prescott 40 41,090 39,938 1,152 2.9%
Kingman 41 28,586 27,790 796 2.9%
Cottonwood 42 11,598 11,280 318 2.8%
Safford 43 9,616 9,356 260 2.8%
Yuma 44 93,704 91,179 2,525 2.8%
Payson 45 15,297 15,026 271 1.8%
Tucson 46 527,586 518,457 9,129 1.8%
Camp Verde 47 11,096 10,922 174 1.6%
Buckeye 48 44,537 43,922 615 1.4%
Lake Havasu City 49 53,058 52,474 584 1.1%
Bullhead City 50 39,653 39,925 -272 -0.7%
South Tucson 51 5,627 5,673 -46 -0.8%
Sedona 52 10,209 10,307 -98 -1.0%
Holbrook 53 5,011 5,100 -89 -1.7%
Winslow 54 9,539 9,736 -197 -2.0%
Globe 55 7,369 7,557 -188 -2.5%
Nogales 56 20,355 20,972 -617 -2.9%
Douglas 57 16,764 17,285 -521 -3.0%
Bisbee 58 5,330 5,715 -385 -6.7%

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