Data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau looking at the period of July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021 indicates Arizona is still growing quickly. The cities of Queen Creek, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Maricopa, and Goodyear represented Arizona among the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. for 2021 population estimates.

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Queen Creek ranked 3rd with an 8.9% increase to bring the 2021 total population to 66,346. Buckeye ranked 4th growing 8.6%, Casa Grande was 7th at 6.2% and Maricopa came in at 8th place growing 6.1%.

Lastly, Goodyear grew 5.4% to come in at 11th. Along with this, Phoenix was the second-largest numerical gainer behind only San Antonio, with a numeric increase of 13,224 and was the fifth largest city in the nation for 2021.

When asked what was driving the growth of their cities, officials across the board pointed to quality of life issues.

“We’re investing in our public safety, earlier this year we launched the Queen Creek Police Department as well as opening two new permanent fire stations,” said Queen Creek Town Manager John Kross.

“Beyond prioritizing transportation and public safety, we are furthering the quality of life through our wash trail system and expanding parks and recreation opportunities,” said Kross, adding that the city is also focused on attracting more large-scale employers to provide jobs for residents.



Author: Valorie H. Rice is the Senior Business Information Specialist at the Economic and Business Research Center (EBRC) in the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. Student Researcher Shaw Zeider contributed to this report.