If Maricopa County was a State, Where Would It Rank in Net Population Increase?

By Fletcher Wilcox | Grand Canyon Title Agency

On May 4, the U.S. Census Bureau released its 2020 county population estimates.

According to the data, Maricopa County had the largest population increase out of all counties in the United States — increasing by 86,820 for an average of 238 people per day.

This was the fifth consecutive year Maricopa County led U.S. counties in population gain.

If Maricopa County were a state where would it rank for 2020 net population increase?

Excluding Arizona itself (129,558), the state’s most populous county would rank number four. Only Texas, Florida and North Carolina gained more people than Maricopa County.

RANK
STATE
2019 to 2020 Pop. Increase
1
Texas
373,965
2
Florida
241,256
3
North Carolina
99,439
4
Maricopa County
86,820
5
Georgia
81,997

©2021 by Fletcher R. Wilcox. Reprinted or Adapted with permission.

The second U.S. county for population increase was Clark County, Nevada (40,079) and finishing third was Collin County, Texas (36,997).

When comparing Arizona counties for the highest year-over-year population percentage growth, Pinal County grew by 4.2% (19,188), Maricopa County came in second at 1.9% and Yavapai County ranked third at 1.8% (4,164).

Is it any wonder why homes are selling here faster than you can say Active Listing?

Maricopa County’s explosive population growth has fueled an oversupply of buyers and it’s not likely to end soon.


Fletcher Wilcox is VP of Business Development at Grand Canyon Title Agency. He is affiliate director at the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® and has served on subcommittees for the Arizona REALTORS®.