These Are The 10 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 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:

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

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.

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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 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]

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1. Maricopa

Maricopa, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,388
Population 2010: 34,809
Growth Rate: 30.39%
Absolute Growth: 10,579

2. San Luis

San Luis, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 30,139
Population 2010: 23,829
Growth Rate: 26.48%
Absolute Growth: 6,310

3. Buckeye

Buckeye, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,927
Population 2010: 43,922
Growth Rate: 25.06%
Absolute Growth: 11,005

4. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,529
Population 2010: 23,055
Growth Rate: 23.74%
Absolute Growth: 5,474

5. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,441
Population 2010: 21,607
Growth Rate: 22.37%
Absolute Growth: 4,834

6. Goodyear

Goodyear, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,148
Population 2010: 57,869
Growth Rate: 21.22%
Absolute Growth: 12,279

7. Marana

Marana, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,028
Population 2010: 31,443
Growth Rate: 17.76%
Absolute Growth: 5,585

8. Surprise

Surprise, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 121,648
Population 2010: 103,767
Growth Rate: 17.23%
Absolute Growth: 17,881

9. Casa Grande

Casa Grande, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 50,316
Population 2010: 43,050
Growth Rate: 16.88%
Absolute Growth: 7,266

10. El Mirage

El Mirage, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

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

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Maricopa 1 45,388 34,809 10,579 30.4%
San Luis 2 30,139 23,829 6,310 26.5%
Buckeye 3 54,927 43,922 11,005 25.1%
Queen Creek 4 28,529 23,055 5,474 23.7%
Sahuarita 5 26,441 21,607 4,834 22.4%
Goodyear 6 70,148 57,869 12,279 21.2%
Marana 7 37,028 31,443 5,585 17.8%
Surprise 8 121,648 103,767 17,881 17.2%
Casa Grande 9 50,316 43,050 7,266 16.9%
El Mirage 10 32,600 27,922 4,678 16.8%
Gilbert 11 223,131 195,046 28,085 14.4%
Eloy 12 17,062 15,125 1,937 12.8%
Florence 13 26,513 23,616 2,897 12.3%
Coolidge 14 12,058 10,817 1,241 11.5%
Somerton 15 14,679 13,230 1,449 11.0%
Avondale 16 77,912 70,274 7,638 10.9%
Youn 17 6,299 5,684 615 10.8%
Apache Junction 18 36,965 33,956 3,009 8.9%
Peoria 19 160,231 148,702 11,529 7.8%
Chandler 20 245,231 229,531 15,700 6.8%
Prescott Valley 21 39,575 37,280 2,295 6.2%
Sierra Vista 22 45,365 42,904 2,461 5.7%
Guadalupe 23 5,892 5,577 315 5.6%
Flagstaff 24 67,419 63,909 3,510 5.5%
Tolleson 25 6,707 6,386 321 5.0%
Oro Valley 26 41,493 39,776 1,717 4.3%
Show Low 27 10,754 10,320 434 4.2%
Mesa 28 452,091 439,639 12,452 2.8%
Phoenix 29 1,490,758 1,450,206 40,552 2.8%
Snowflake 30 5,595 5,461 134 2.5%
Page 31 7,374 7,199 175 2.4%
Fountain Hills 32 23,051 22,506 545 2.4%
Safford 33 9,574 9,356 218 2.3%
Scottsdale 34 223,519 218,770 4,749 2.2%
Kingman 35 28,381 27,790 591 2.1%
Cave Creek 36 5,014 4,911 103 2.1%
Yuma 37 93,078 91,179 1,899 2.1%
Chino Valley 38 10,879 10,661 218 2.0%
Tempe 39 166,975 164,147 2,828 1.7%
Wickenburg 40 6,629 6,517 112 1.7%
Payson 41 15,234 15,026 208 1.4%
Tucson 42 525,031 518,457 6,574 1.3%
Glendale 43 231,978 229,687 2,291 1.0%
Cottonwood 44 11,358 11,280 78 0.7%
Lake Havasu City 45 52,827 52,474 353 0.7%
Prescott 46 40,130 39,938 192 0.5%
Camp Verde 47 10,965 10,922 43 0.4%
Benson 48 5,075 5,056 19 0.4%
Paradise Valley 49 13,243 13,198 45 0.3%
South Tucson 50 5,675 5,673 2 0.0%
Douglas 51 17,137 17,285 -148 -0.9%
Bullhead City 52 39,480 39,925 -445 -1.1%
Globe 53 7,463 7,557 -94 -1.2%
Nogales 54 20,699 20,972 -273 -1.3%
Winslow 55 9,570 9,736 -166 -1.7%
Holbrook 56 5,003 5,100 -97 -1.9%
Sedona 57 10,092 10,307 -215 -2.1%
Litchfield Park 58 5,122 5,271 -149 -2.8%
Bisbee 59 5,475 5,715 -240 -4.2%

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