Census: Maricopa County Is 2nd Fastest Growing County In US

By Alexandra Olgin
Published: Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 8:43am
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Downtown Phoenix.

Maricopa County had the second largest growth in the country between 2013 and 2014. The United States Census Bureau reports county population grew by 74,000 people.

The Phoenix metro area had the sixth largest growth nationwide.

Tom Rex with Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business said this population increase isn’t as large as it’s been in the past. He says the key industries driving the state’s economy are different now than they were in the early 1990s.

“There’s been some shift towards a broader dispersion of basic industries in particular service industries instead of the traditionally it was manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and tourism,” Rex said.

The Census also reports the Tucson metro area has more than 1 million residents.

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