People want to move here.

Maricopa County tops the U.S in highest annual population growth, according to U.S. Census Bureau data from July 2015 to July 2016. Maricopa County gained 81,360 people during that 12-month time frame. Harris County, Texas (i.e. Houston) was second at 56,587.

The Valley’s growth translates into 222 people per day moving to the desert.

That’s good for retailers, restaurants, attracting businesses who need workers, apartment builders and filling those empty offices and shopping centers.

There are more than 4.24 million people living in Maricopa County.

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