Fastest Growing Cities In Arizona For 2020

We used data and science to determine the places in Arizona everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the fastest growing cities in Arizona.

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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 Thatcher and Holbrook, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Arizona for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Queen Creek ranks as the fastest growing city in Arizona. 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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Arizona or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Arizona state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Arizona For 2020

Queen Creek, AZ

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 36,053
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 23,055
Percent Growth 56.4%
Absolute Growth: 12,998
More on Queen Creek: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Marana, AZ

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 43,606
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 31,443
Percent Growth 38.7%
Absolute Growth: 12,163
More on Marana: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Marana is a town in Pima County, Arizona, located northwest of Tucson, with a small portion in Pinal County. According to the 2010 census, the population of the town is 34,961. Marana was the fourth fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size from 1990 to 2000.

Maricopa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 47,314
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 34,809
Percent Growth 35.9%
Absolute Growth: 12,505
More on Maricopa: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Maricopa is a city in the Gila River Valley in the State of Arizona. With an estimated 48,602 residents as of 2015, Maricopa is the second most populous incorporated city in Pinal County and eighteenth most populous in Arizona. Maricopa forms part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

San Luis, AZ

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 32,279
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population 2010: 23,829
Percent Growth 35.5%
Absolute Growth: 8,450
More on San Luis: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

San Luis is a city in Yuma County, Arizona, United States. The population was 25,505 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Yuma Metropolitan Statistical Area. San Luis, located in the southwest corner of the state directly adjacent to Mexico's Federal Highway 2, was the second fastest-growing city or town in Arizona from 1990 to 2000. According to 2014 Census Bureau estimates, the population of the city is 31,091.

Sahuarita, AZ

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 28,949
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 21,607
Percent Growth 34.0%
Absolute Growth: 7,342
More on Sahuarita: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Sahuarita is a town in Pima County, Arizona, United States. Sahuarita is located south of the Tohono O'odham Nation and abuts the north end of Green Valley, 15 miles south of Tucson. The population was 25,259 at the 2010 census.

Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 77,476
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 57,869
Percent Growth 33.9%
Absolute Growth: 19,607
More on Goodyear: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Goodyear is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is a suburb of Phoenix and is in the Phoenix metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 65,275. Goodyear was the third fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size between 1990 and 2000. The July 1, 2015, MAG population estimate was 79,003.

Surprise, AZ

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 132,904
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 103,767
Percent Growth 28.1%
Absolute Growth: 29,137
More on Surprise: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. The population was 30,848 at the 2000 census; however, rapid expansion has boosted the city's population to 117,517 at the 2010 census, an increase of 281%. As such, it is the second fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and, between 1990 and 2000, it was the sixth fastest-expanding place among all cities and towns in Arizona.

Casa Grande, AZ

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 54,316
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 43,050
Percent Growth 26.2%
Absolute Growth: 11,266
More on Casa Grande: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Casa Grande is a city in Pinal County, approximately halfway between Phoenix and Tucson in the U.S. state of Arizona. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 48,571. It is named after the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, which is actually located in Coolidge. "Casa Grande" is Spanish for "big house".

El Mirage, AZ

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 35,004
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 27,922
Percent Growth 25.4%
Absolute Growth: 7,082
More on El Mirage: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Gilbert, AZ

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 237,484
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 195,046
Percent Growth 21.8%
Absolute Growth: 42,438
More on Gilbert: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located southeast of Phoenix, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. Once known as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World", Gilbert is currently the most populous incorporated town in the United States. It is the sixth-largest municipality in Arizona, and the fifth-largest in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Grand Canyon State for 2020

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

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Arizona, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Bisbee
  2. Douglas
  3. Nogales

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Arizona For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Queen Creek 56.4% 36,053 23,055
2 Marana 38.7% 43,606 31,443
3 Maricopa 35.9% 47,314 34,809
4 San Luis 35.5% 32,279 23,829
5 Sahuarita 34.0% 28,949 21,607
6 Goodyear 33.9% 77,476 57,869
7 Surprise 28.1% 132,904 103,767
8 Casa Grande 26.2% 54,316 43,050
9 El Mirage 25.4% 35,004 27,922
10 Gilbert 21.8% 237,484 195,046

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