Maricopa County leads nation in population growth; Pinal, Yavapai surge

By: AZ Big Media 

Maricopa County added more new residents than any county in the nation last year, continuing a trend of Maricopa County growth that local officials call a credit to the region’s opportunities and affordability.

The Census Bureau said Thursday that the county added 58,246 people from July 2020 to July 2021, topping Texas’ Collin County and boosting Maricopa County’s estimated county population to just under 4.5 million.

The Phoenix region as a whole saw the second-biggest population increase for the year, with Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler trailing only Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, the bureau said.

“Arizona and Maricopa County have shown high growth over a sustained period of time, it hasn’t been just a quarter here or there,” said Garrick Taylor, a spokesperson for the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Census data indicates that the state and Maricopa County region are especially attractive to transplants.”

Most of the population gains last year came from people moving to Arizona: Of the 98,330 new residents in the state, just 832 were attributable to “natural change,” or the difference between births and deaths, according to the Census. The rest were the result of migration, mostly from other states.

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