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Buckeye's Population Jumps 22 Percent

A 22 percent jump in population will translate into millions more in state dollars for Buckeye.

Special census data from last October show about 11,000 people have moved to Buckeye since 2010, raising the city’s population to roughly 63,000 residents.

Officials said the news helps solidify Buckeye’s position as one of the 15 fastest growing cities in the country.

Buckeye paid $1.2 million to have the special census completed. The city thinks the jump in population will bring an additional $1.5 million from the state during the next fiscal year.

If Buckeye keeps growing and state law doesn’t change, similar annual increases in state funding are expected through 2020.

Matthew Casey has won Edward R. Murrow awards for hard news and sports reporting since he joined KJZZ as a senior field correspondent in 2015.