Say hello to 25,194 new neighbors. They pushed Phoenix way ahead, making it the fastest growing city in America for the fifth year in a row. Phoenix’s 25,194 new residents this year are slightly below the 10-year average of 25,912, but Phoenix continues to be the largest contributor to Maricopa County’s population growth, with nearly four out of 10 new residents in the county choosing to live in the City of Phoenix decide. ALSO READ: The 10 Best Arizona Moving Places in 2021 The US Census Bureau estimates for 2020 that Phoenix now has 1.7 million residents and is adding more new residents than any other city. Phoenix’s growth rate of 1.5 percent is below the county’s growth rate of 1.9 percent. The city is still the fifth largest city in the United States after New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston, but Chicago and Los Angeles population losses were about as much as Phoenix, according to the census. New York City lost the equivalent of Goodyear’s population. Queen Creek surpasses Arizona in percentage population growth of 10.0 percent, with the population increasing from 55,000 in 2019 to 60,097 in 2020. That made Buckeye, the city with the seventh fastest growing percentage in the United States, second in Arizona with a 7 percent growth rate. Phoenix also leads the country in 10-year population growth, having gained nearly 260,000 people since 2010, a population growth of 18.1 percent. San Antonio’s 234,000 10-year increase is the second largest in the country, also an 18.1 percent population jump. Although it would take Phoenix decades to add the 600,000 residents it would take to reach Houston as the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston’s rate of growth has remained unchanged since Hurricane Harvey in 2018. That year, the Texas city gained 400 residents. However, Chicago’s population losses put Houston within striking distance of the city of Illinois becoming the third largest city in the country when it returns to pre-hurricane growth. Tucson is still Arizona’s second largest city with a population growth of 0.8 percent to 553,571, an increase of 4,610 inhabitants. Mesa recorded a growth of 1.9 percent, increasing to 528,129 residents. This will overtake Tucson as the second largest city within five years. The next three most populous cities in Arizona are Chandler (265,398, up 1.6 percent), Scottsdale (262,647, also up 1.6 percent) and Gilbert (257,658, up 1.4 percent). In terms of percentage growth after Queen Creek and Buckeye, Marana and Casa Grande both gained 4.5 percent, and Maricopa and Goodyear both gained 4.4 percent. Phoenix added more than 24 states, according to the census estimates. Maricopa County added more residents than 36 states. Phoenix’s population growth also exceeded the combined growth numbers of Austin, Texas and Denver, Colorado.