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Phoenix population growth is relatively stagnant, newly released census data shows

For years, the Phoenix area has been among the fastest growing metros in the United States. But new census figures show that was not the case between July 2022 and July 2023.

The fastest population growth happened in the southern U.S., with more than half of the 15 fastest growing cities located in Texas. 

Although Phoenix is the fifth largest city in the country, its population remained relatively stable. 

It was not clear when no Arizona city was included in the top 15 fastest growing cities, as the census changed its measurement criteria, lowering the threshold that counts as a large city to be included.

However, Maricopa County had some of the largest gains in number of housing units, outpacing even Los Angeles County. 

Last year, Yuma surpassed 100,000 residents for the first time. 

Census data released earlier this year showed Maricopa County had dropped to fourth place in population growth, down from the top seat. 

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Greg Hahne started as a news intern at KJZZ in 2020 and returned as a field correspondent in 2021. He learned his love for radio by joining Arizona State University's Blaze Radio, where he worked on the production team.