Phoenix is the fastest-growing city in the country, according to newly released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Phoenix welcomed 25,288 new residents between 2017 and 2018 — more than any other American city. Phoenix remains the fifth most-populous city with a population of 1,660,272, according to Census data.
San Antonio, Texas (20,824 new residents); Fort Worth, Texas (19,552); Seattle (15,254); and Charlotte, North Carolina (13,151) rounded out the top five fastest-growing cities by raw population numbers.
Looking back, Phoenix was the fastest-growing city in 2016 and tied with San Antonio in 2017, according to Census data.
In terms of percentage growth, Buckeye, a far west suburb of Phoenix, was the fastest-growing U.S. city. It grew its population by 8.5% to 74,370.
“About one of every three people moving to the Valley decide to make Phoenix their home. That’s a telling statistic. This growing population places an even greater importance on the responsibility the city has to continue providing high quality services to the public-we need to do more than just keep up with growth, we need to be ahead of it,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Whether it’s safe and affordable housing, diverse transportation options, or a fantastic cultural scene, we need to deliver.”