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:
- Queen Creek (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Maricopa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- San Luis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Sahuarita (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Marana (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Goodyear (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Surprise (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- El Mirage (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Casa Grande (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Gilbert (Photos | Homes For Sale)
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.
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]
1. Queen Creek
Population: 45,473 Population 2010: 34,809
Growth Rate: 30.64%
Absolute Growth: 10,664
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Maricopa is a city in the Gila River Valley in the State of Arizona. With an estimated 48,602 residents as of 2015[update], 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.
3. San Luis
Population: 31,118 Population 2010: 23,829
Growth Rate: 30.59%
Absolute Growth: 7,289
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San Luis (the Spanish language name of Saint Louis) 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.
Population: 27,780 Population 2010: 21,607
Growth Rate: 28.57%
Absolute Growth: 6,173
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Sahuarita /swrit/ 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 (24 km) south of Tucson. The population was 25,259 at the 2010 census.
Population: 40,221 Population 2010: 31,443
Growth Rate: 27.92%
Absolute Growth: 8,778
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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.
Population: 72,629 Population 2010: 57,869
Growth Rate: 25.51%
Absolute Growth: 14,760
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Goodyear (O’odham: Valin Thak) 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 (with an increase of 245.2%). The July 1, 2015, MAG population estimate was 79,003.
Population: 127,492 Population 2010: 103,767
Growth Rate: 22.86%
Absolute Growth: 23,725
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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 (after Gilbert) and, between 1990 and 2000, it was the sixth fastest-expanding place among all cities and towns in Arizona.
8. El Mirage
9. Casa Grande
Population: 51,571 Population 2010: 43,050
Growth Rate: 19.79%
Absolute Growth: 8,521
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Casa Grande (O’odham: Wainom Wo:g) 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’.
Population: 226,832 Population 2010: 195,046
Growth Rate: 16.3%
Absolute Growth: 31,786
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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.
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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