Census: Buckeye second-fastest growing city in U.S., percentagewise

Goodyear ranked No. 14 on percentage-based list


The U.S. Census Bureau just released new population estimates for the past decade, showing Buckeye is the second-fastest growing city, on a percentage basis, in the United States since 2010.

The Census estimates that Buckeye’s population on July 1, 2019 was 79,620, representing a 56.6% increase since the 2010 Census, according to a May 21 news release.

This places the city as the second-fastest growing major city (over 50,000) in the country after Frisco, Texas. Buckeye was the only Arizona city to make the list of the top 10 fastest-growing cities since 2010.

Goodyear, with a 33.1% increase, was No. 14 on the list.

Other census data indicates Buckeye is one of the fastest growing cities in the country, based on percentage growth, throughout each year of the last decade. Last year, the Census indicated Buckeye was the fastest growing city between 2017 and 2018, the release stated.

Buckeye city officials estimate the current population is about 89,000.

“It’s no surprise Buckeye remains one of the fastest growing cities,” Buckeye Mayor Jackie Meck stated in the release. “Our residents enjoy an excellent quality of life, while providing exceptional value for business opportunities.”

The city is likely to remain as one of the fastest growing cities for years to come, Buckeye officials predicted. With a planning area of more than 640 square miles, it is only 5% built out today.

The percentage of the metro area’s building permits issued in Buckeye is increasing each year, the release stated. In 2015, Buckeye accounted for less than 7% of metro Phoenix home permits. Today, nearly 12 percent of the metro area’s permits are in Buckeye.

According to the city’s Economic Development Director, David Roderique, “The city continues to focus on attracting advanced manufacturing, energy, and logistics/distribution companies to Buckeye. We’re a multi-modal community strategically located to offer efficient, cost-effective transportation options to connect customers with their products.”

In 2019, approximately 2,650 single-family residential permits were issued in Buckeye. So far, for the first four months in 2020, permits are exceeding that by 14%, the release stated.

Each year, the U.S. Census Bureau releases estimates of the population for the nation, states, counties and Puerto Rico. Annual estimates for resident populations are produced by measuring population change, which includes all people currently residing in the United States.

More information about living, working, playing and doing business in Buckeye is available at growbuckeye.com.