FILE - Phoenix Arizona Freeway

Traffic moves along the South Mountain Freeway in Phoenix, Ariz., early morning Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. 

Arizona is among the top 10 states for population growth over the past decade, according to new numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Grand Canyon State gained 886,429 people between 2010 and 2019, a 13.9 percent increase to an estimated 7,278,717 as of July 2019.

The numbers released by the bureau on Monday rank Arizona’s population increase seventh largest by total number and eighth largest by percentage.

From July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, Arizona added more than 120,000 people, a 1.7 percent increase, according to the bureau. Both the number and percentage increase ranked third in the nation for year-to-year  population growth.

Arizona was also one of eight states to see birth increases in 2019, with 175 more than previous years.

“While natural increase is the biggest contributor to the U.S. population increase, it has been slowing over the last five years,” Census Bureau demographer/statistician Dr. Sandra Johnson said. “Natural increase, or when the number of births is greater than the number of deaths, dropped below 1 million in 2019 for the first time in decades.” 

The West region as a whole added more than 6.4 million people over the decade, almost a 9 percent increase, the largest regional increase behind only the South, which added over 11 million people.

Arizona’s economy has also been strong, adding 300,000 jobs since 2015, and being ranked fourth for its economic momentum. 

While Arizona’s economy is slowing, economists believe the state will still have a strong year in 2020.

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.