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Maricopa County remained the fastest-growing county in the nation with a population over 4.5 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Maricopa County added 56,831 residents between July 2021 and June 2022, the largest population growth for a county in the nation, with an estimated 4.5 million residents last year - the second straight year the county led the nation in population growth. Read more»

The Census Bureau’s new corrections show changes approved under the Count Question Resolution process in areas within Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Washington and Wisconsin.

Though the Census Bureau released its first round of official 2020 population corrections in January, many states and cities still await action - and the biggest cases in the largest cities are still pending, especially affecting areas with larger populations of racial minorities. Read more»

Five Arizona cities – Queen Creek, Buckeye, Casa Grande, Maricopa City and Goodyear – were among the top 15 cities in the nation for population growth rate from July 2020 to July 2021, according to the Census Bureau. No large city in the state saw a population decrease during the pandemic-wracked year, the new numbers show.

Arizona had five of the 15 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. last year while Phoenix continued to add residents, bucking the trend of major cities that lost population during the pandemic, according to the Census Bureau. Read more»

The number of people identifying as more than one race nearly doubled between 2010 and 2020.

The number of Americans who identified as more than one race nearly doubled to 13.5 million people between 2010 and 2020, and did double or more in 34 states and the District of Columbia. Read more»

A proposal to split up Maricopa County got unanimous Republican backing in a House of Representatives committee, but doesn’t have the support of the most important GOP vote in the chamber — House Speaker Rusty Bowers. Read more»

In an acknowledgement of pandemic-related disruptions, the Census Bureau recently announced it would review its count of people living in institutions such as college dormitories, prisons and nursing homes.

Starting this week, communities that think they were undercounted can file challenges with the U.S. Census Bureau - but the so-called Count Question Resolution process only allows cities to challenge mapping mistakes that mistakenly placed people outside of city limits. Read more»

Political change has been clearest in the Atlanta suburbs, where Black migration led to a wholesale shift from Republican to Democratic victories in state and national votes.

Increasing urban diversity in Southern states is complicating Republican efforts to keep the reins of statehouse power and chip away at Democratic control of Congress - but there is no guarantee that growing Black, Hispanic and Asian populations will erode GOP power. Read more»

Backers of the Invest in Education Act say the voter-approved tax hike on the rich to increase teacher pay and boost school funding has a future, despite last week’s Arizona Supreme Court ruling that the spending plan is likely unconstitutional. Read more»

Rural areas, such as Lexington, Georgia, face a continuing shift of political power to faster-growing cities and suburbs.

As states turn to drawing new state legislative and congressional districts after census numbers come out Aug. 12, they’re likely to find that rural, generally conservative areas have shrunk in the past 10 years and stand to lose power in statehouses and Congress. Read more»

Lake Mead, which serves seven U.S. states and three Mexican states, is drying up.

The United States and Mexico are tussling over their dwindling shared water supplies after years of unprecedented heat, insufficient rainfall and some well-known underlying stresses including a population boom on both sides of the border, climate change and aging waterworks. Read more»

New home construction in Gilbert, Az.

Americans are heading South and West again in search of jobs and more affordable housing, as the nation’s economic health continues to improve. Read more»

Aruna Murthy, Arizona’s director of economic analysis, explains the revised 2014 jobs forecast.

Arizona will add 59,000 jobs in 2014, with the growth rate increasing from 2 percent in the two years prior to 2.3 percent, according to a report by the state’s Office of Employment and Population Statistics. Read more»

An ad from a group called Californians for Population Stabilization claims controlling immigration is "part of the solution" to global warming. Read more»

The Monument Fire burns near Sierra Vista on June 15.

Twelve weather disasters causing $1 billion or more in damage hit the United States in 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today, making this year’s weather the most extreme on record. Read more»

Indian tribal homelands can be found in all parts of Arizona.

Arizona’s Pima Indian population tripled in the last decade, according to the latest Census figures, but it’s not necessarily because there were more tribe members — just more tribe members filling out their Census forms. Read more»

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