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)
- Maricopa (Photos)
- San Luis
- Sahuarita (Photos)
- Marana (Photos)
- Goodyear (Photos)
- Surprise (Photos)
- El Mirage (Photos)
- Casa Grande (Photos)
- 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.
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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]
1. Queen Creek
Population: 30,849 Population 2010: 23,055
Growth Rate: 33.81%
Absolute Growth: 7,794
Population: 45,473 Population 2010: 34,809
Growth Rate: 30.64%
Absolute Growth: 10,664
3. San Luis
Population: 31,118 Population 2010: 23,829
Growth Rate: 30.59%
Absolute Growth: 7,289
Population: 27,780 Population 2010: 21,607
Growth Rate: 28.57%
Absolute Growth: 6,173
Population: 40,221 Population 2010: 31,443
Growth Rate: 27.92%
Absolute Growth: 8,778
Population: 72,629 Population 2010: 57,869
Growth Rate: 25.51%
Absolute Growth: 14,760
Population: 127,492 Population 2010: 103,767
Growth Rate: 22.86%
Absolute Growth: 23,725
8. El Mirage
Population: 33,937 Population 2010: 27,922
Growth Rate: 21.54%
Absolute Growth: 6,015
9. Casa Grande
Population: 51,571 Population 2010: 43,050
Growth Rate: 19.79%
Absolute Growth: 8,521
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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