This past week, the U.S. Census Bureau released Arizona's 2010 local level census data.
On Thursday, I put up a quick post on county population numbers. Summary: Maricopa County grew during the decade, but not as much as some of the other counties.
Today, raw numbers for the 20 largest cities and towns, with brief analysis.
Cities and towns -
City pop 2000 pop 2010
Phoenix 1,321,045 1,445,632
Tucson 486,699 520,116
Mesa 396,375 439,041
Chandler 176,581 236,123
Glendale 218,812 226,721
Scottsdale 202,705 217,385
Gilbert 109,697 208,453
Tempe 158,625 161,719
Peoria 108,364 154,065
Surprise 30,848 117,517
Yuma 77,515 93,064
Avondale 35,883 76,238
Flagstaff 52,894 65,870
Goodyear 18,911 65,275
Lake Havasu City 41,938 52,527
Buckeye 6,537 50,876
Casa Grande 25,224 48,571
Sierra Vista 37,775 43,888
Maricopa 1,040 43,482
Oro Valley 29,700 41,011
The most recent "official" Census Bureau estimates that I could find for cities and towns were from 2006, so those are somewhat less useful than the 2009 county estimates used in the previous post.
However, even those showed some interesting developments.
...Scottsdale (my home) had a 2006 estimate of over 231K, and late in the decade was operating under the belief that the population was between 230K and 240K. The City (electeds, staff, most residents) expected that the 2010 Census would show that Scottsdale would rank 5th, maybe even 4th, in population.
The reality of the 2010 census shows that Chandler and Glendale are easily ahead of it, while Gilbert is gaining fast
...In terms of percentage growth, the Town of Maricopa (which, strangely enough, is NOT in Maricopa County :) ), grew by more than 4000% during the decade, from a population of 1,040 in the year 2000, to a population of 43,482 in 2010. It is now the "City of Maricopa," officially.
...Of the cities that were "cities" in 2000, Surprise led the way in percentage growth during the decade at more than 280%. It grew from 30,848 people in 2000 to 117,517 in 2010.
...The City of Phoenix experienced the greatest raw growth, growing by 124,587 during the decade. However, Phoenix was and remains far and away the largest city in the state, so their percentage growth only 9.4%.
...Of the top 20 cities and towns, Tempe experienced the smallest growth, both as a percentage of year 2000 population and in absolute numbers. During the decade, it grew by 3,094, or 2%. It's one of the few completely land-locked municipalities in the state, so it doesn't really have anywhere to grow. Most of the other cities and towns in the state contain or border on unincorporated areas that can be annexed.
Tempe does contain four "county islands," land that is not incorporated into the city but is completely surrounded by it. However, those are fairly small, and even if Tempe was interested in adding those locations to it, the additional land area (<100 parcels of land) and population count wouldn't make a significant difference.
Legislative and Congressional districts next...