The Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler area grew by 78,000 people during the first year of the pandemic, bucking the national trend of population declines, the U.S. Census Bureau reported.
The growth, driven primarily by migration patterns, was the second-most of any metro area in the U.S., behind only the Dallas area. The Phoenix metro area started July 2020 with 4.86 million people and one year later was at 4.94 million.
The population trends surely fueled the Phoenix area’s housing boom, increasing demand and cutting into available housing inventory.
More than 73% of U.S. counties saw a population decrease during that same time period, attributed to fewer births, an aging population and the rise in COVID-19 deaths.
Migration patterns also intensified, with more people leaving large urban centers and opting for mid-sized communities. Maricopa County had the largest influx of migration in the country, with nearly 47,000 people relocating there.
The top 10 population growth metros from July 2020 to July 2021:
- Dallas-Fort Worth, Arlington, 97,000 population growth
- Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, 78,000
- Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, 69,000
- Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, Texas, 53,000
- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California, 47,000
- Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, 43,000
- Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, 36,000
- San Antonio-New Braunfels, 35,000
- Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, 31,000
- Raleigh-Cary, North Carolina, 28,000