The U.S. Census Bureau has wrapped up its mid-decade count of Goodyear’s population and the numbers are near estimates: 74,625 residents live in the city.
The city opted to conduct the count – which began Oct. 1 – in an effort to gain more state-shared revenue, a source of income based on a city’s population. The 2010 Census count had Goodyear’s population at 65,275 residents, which would’ve remained the number used to calculate the city’s portion of state-shared revenue through 2020 – when the next U.S. Census Bureau decennial count takes place – had city officials chosen not to conduct this special census.
The new number means the potential for an additional $1.45 million per year for Goodyear for the next five years. This increase pays for the special census in year one.
“We appreciate Goodyear residents taking the time to open their doors to the census workers. We are thrilled with the results, as the increased population numbers will bring more money into our General Fund for services such as police, fire, and recreation,” said Goodyear Mayor Georgia Lord.