Story at a glance:

  • Phoenix is now the fifth-largest city in the U.S.
  • Philadelphia used to be the fifth-most populated city.
  • Buckeye and Goodyear were among the 10 fastest-growing of all U.S. suburbs in Phoenix between 2010 and 2020.

Phoenix is now the fifth-largest city in the U.S., growing faster than any other major city in the last decade, according to census data and reporting from the Arizona Central.

The capital city added about 163,000 more residents, totaling 1.6 million people in all, The New York Post reported.


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“The growth that this census data demonstrates comes as no surprise. We’ve long known that Phoenix is a top destination to live and work,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, according to Arizona Central.

New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston are the top four largest cities in America.

Houston, the second-fastest-growing city in America, has 700,000 more people than Phoenix.

Of the 10 largest cities in the U.S., Phoenix was the only one to hit double-digit population growth at 11.2 percent, according to The New York Post. 

Buckeye and Goodyear were among the 10 fastest-growing of all U.S. suburbs in Phoenix between 2010 and 2020, with Buckeye growing 80 percent to nearly 92,000 while Goodyear went up 46 percent to about 95,000 people, The New York Post reported.

“People are coming here now not because of resorts, golf courses and retirement, but to find high tech jobs and a great quality of life,” Mackay said, according to Arizona Central. 

The median age in Phoenix is 34 years old, while the median income is more than $60,000.

The national median age ranges from 31.2 years to 45.1 years, while the median income in 2021 is $65,000, according to World Population Review.

The Phoenix housing market has seen an increase in ownership and rental during the COVID-19 pandemic, with May prices nearly 25 percent higher than last year due to higher demand, according to the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index released last month.


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Published on Aug 14, 2021