Mesa tops half a million, but not Tucson | news

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Although the U.S. census shows Mesa’s population has grown to over half a million and cemented its rank as the second largest city in Maricopa County, it was still far from previous projections.

According to census information released by the Maricopa Association of Governments, Mesa’s official new population is 504,258.

This population is greater than the number of people living in Pinal County (425,264) and second only to Maricopa County after Phoenix (1,608,139).

Mesa is followed by Chandler (275,987), Gilbert (267,918), Glendale (248,325) and Scottsdale (241,631).

The population of Mesa grew by 65,217 over the past decade, an increase of 15 percent compared to the 439,041 counted here in 2010.

Even so ….

The official 2020 figure is well below the 2019 US Census estimate for Mesa of 518,012 – not to mention MAG’s previous estimate of around 550,000.

While some thought Mesa could challenge Tucson as the state’s second largest city, it’s not even close: the Tucson census was 542,629.

Jeffrey Robbins, Mesa Census Administrator, picked up the message at half-cup crotch.

“The city of Mesa has grown significantly in the last decade and is now officially home to over half a million people,” said Robbins.

“We remain the second largest city in the greater Phoenix-Mesa area and one of the 50 largest cities in the United States.

Given the explosive growth of Eastmark and Cadence, where some 20,000 people took root in the past five years, some might wonder if Mesa was “knocked down” by the counters.

“While the city of Mesa cannot speak about the accuracy of the 2020 US census or the estimates and projections from the US Census Bureau or other agencies, discrepancies are not uncommon historically,” Robbins said. “We experienced similar deviations in estimates in 2000 and 2010.”

If the number was low, this could be put under “Covid to blame”.

“We acknowledge that the 2020 census was conducted in unprecedented circumstances, but we cannot speculate how far the pandemic has affected the population of Mesa,” Robbins said.

Mesa’s self-response rate was 66.3 percent. Maricopa County’s response rate was 68.3 percent and the state response rate was 64.1 percent.

The census triggers a “redistribution,” the process of reorganizing Mesa’s six city council districts based on where they live.

Mesa’s Redistricting Commission held several public meetings this month, including a Zoom meeting on August 25th.

Comments on the reallocation can be emailed to. be sent [email protected].

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