Census: Phoenix area population grew rapidly

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Bill Theobald, Republic Washington Bureau 4:28 p.m. MST March 26, 2015


  • Maricopa County’s population grew more than all but one other county in the nation last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau.
  • The census estimates that about 30,000 residents of the total increase in the Phoenix metro area was the result of “natural” growth.
  • About 51,000 is from people moving to the area.

WASHINGTON – Maricopa County’s population grew more than all but one other county in the nation last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Thursday.

The county added about 74,000 residents from July 1, 2013, to July 1, 2014, the census said, bringing the county’s population to 4.09 million. Only Harris County, Texas, home to Houston, added more people: 89,000.

The Phoenix metro area as a whole grew by about 85,000 during the period, the sixth-largest numerical growth among metro areas.

The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metropolitan statistical area (MSA) includes Maricopa and Pinal counties, and had an estimated population of 4.49 million, 12th among U.S. metro areas. The Houston area had the largest numeric growth among metro areas.

The census estimates that about 30,000 residents of the total increase in the Phoenix metro area was the result of “natural” growth — the difference between births and deaths. About 51,000 is from migration — people moving to the area from inside the U.S. or overseas.

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While the Phoenix metropolitan area ranked near the top in the number of additional residents, its growth rate of 1.8 percent was 32nd among 381 MSAs. The Villages, located west of the Orlando, Fla., metro area, had the fastest rate of growth among metro areas at 5.4 percent.

Alberta Charney, senior research economist at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, said the growth rate is a “far cry” from the 4 percent to 5 percent rates that the metro area once experienced.

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