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:
If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.
If you’re not–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.
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 over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:
- Population in 2014
- Population in 2010
- Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)
We ranked all 59 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 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]
Population: 45,388 Population 2010: 34,809
Growth Rate: 30.39%
Absolute Growth: 10,579
2. San Luis
Population: 30,139 Population 2010: 23,829
Growth Rate: 26.48%
Absolute Growth: 6,310
Population: 54,927 Population 2010: 43,922
Growth Rate: 25.06%
Absolute Growth: 11,005
4. Queen Creek
Population: 28,529 Population 2010: 23,055
Growth Rate: 23.74%
Absolute Growth: 5,474
Population: 26,441 Population 2010: 21,607
Growth Rate: 22.37%
Absolute Growth: 4,834
Population: 70,148 Population 2010: 57,869
Growth Rate: 21.22%
Absolute Growth: 12,279
Population: 37,028 Population 2010: 31,443
Growth Rate: 17.76%
Absolute Growth: 5,585
Population: 121,648 Population 2010: 103,767
Growth Rate: 17.23%
Absolute Growth: 17,881
9. Casa Grande
Population: 50,316 Population 2010: 43,050
Growth Rate: 16.88%
Absolute Growth: 7,266
10. El Mirage
Population: 32,600 Population 2010: 27,922
Growth Rate: 16.75%
Absolute Growth: 4,678
Adding It Up
So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Arizona are led by Maricopa which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.
It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Arizona
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