Census data illustrates Pinal County’s growth

Alexis Young

Anna-Maria Toska, survey officer for the 2022 census, conducts a survey.Daniel Karmann/picture alliance via Getty Images.

By Alexis Young / NewsBreak Pinal County, AZ

It’s no secret that Pinal County is the fastest-growing community in the country but the U.S. Census Bureau’s Summer 2021 findings, released on Thursday, ranked Queen Creek third in the 15 fastest-growing large cities.

According to a snapshot of US Census data provided by Maricopa Monitor, the population increased by 8.9%, bringing Queen Creek’s total population to approximately 66,346 as of July 1, 2021. Further down the list, the Pinal County city of Casa Grande came in seventh with a 6.2% increase in population growth resulting in an overall population of 57,699. Just underneath Casa Grande, Maricopa comes in eighth at 6.1%, with a 2021 population of 62,720.

Queen Creek, Casa Grande, and Maricopa are three of the five Arizona cities represented in the 15 fastest-growing large cities rank. The remaining two include Buckeye coming in fourth and Goodyear coming in 11th. Buckeye’s growth percentage was 8.6, while Goodyear’s was 5.2. The cities’ total populations are 101,315 and 101,733, respectively.

The Census Bureau and Maricopa Monitor cite population numbers that indicate notable migration to western and southern regions of the United States and away from major cities. Reports continued to illustrate population losses between 40,000-305,000 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and five more cities. The losses did not impact Phoenix. The city gained 13,224 new residents leaving them just behind San Antonio.

Each outlet speculates that migration from these large cities might be due to the pandemic. The Census Bureau’s Thursday data release numerically narrates some of the pandemic’s early stages. Maricopa Monitor revealed that the updates from last summer were not included in the report. A Brookings Institution demographer interviewed by Maricopa Monitor estimates that these effects should be “short-lived.”

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