Arizona gained nearly 111,000 residents in the 12 months ending June 30.

But you’d be wrong to think they spread out pretty evenly among the state’s 91 cities.

New figures Thursday from the state Office of Economic Opportunity find Queen Creek and Buckeye the biggest year-over-year gainers, each boosting population by more than 7%.

Maricopa was not far behind at 5.1% with growth exceeding 4% in Goodyear, San Luis, Marana and Clarkdale.

Glendale grew by only 0.6%, lower than the state average of 1.6%. Peoria was slightly higher, with 2.3% population growth in the last year.

Avondale grew by 2.4%, Litchfield Park was up 1.8%, Surprise grew by 2.5% and Youngtown 1%.

Buckeye is the state leader in population growth since 2010, up by 60%. Goodyear is not far behind with 35.9% population growth since 2010.

Glendale’s population growth since 2010 is 7.1%.

Peoria grew by 16.9% since 2010.

Maricopa County and the state both grew by about 12% since 2010.

The numbers and the growth rates are more than just bragging rights.

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