Mohave County hits more than 190,000 in population
County passes five supervisor threshhold
KINGMAN - Despite a slight drop toward the end of the decade, Mohave County was the second-fastest growing rural county in the state over the past decade, and the fourth-fastest growing overall, according to new data released Monday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
The data show that the county population rose from 155,032 in April of 2000 to 194,299 in July of 2010, an increase of more than 25 percent over the past ten years, putting it well above the 175,000 population threshold at which the state mandates the county must expand to five districts from the current three. That means the county board of supervisors will see two new additions, with district lines redrawn to reflect the change.
According to the census data, Mohave County saw its largest population increase between 2004 and 2005, when nearly 7,500 people arrived here. In general, the county's population increased slowly for the first few years of the decade, then began gaining momentum through 2006 before starting to slow in 2007, which marked the collapse of the housing market and the onset of the global recession.
Following 2007, the county's population actually started to decline slightly through 2008 and 2009, dropping by 1,112. That trend reversed the following year, albeit very slowly: from July 2009 to July 2010, the population only rose by a net 65 people, not even a tenth of one percent.
As a whole, Arizona continued to outpace most other states in terms of its growth last decade, with the statewide population increasing 30 percent, from 5.1 million to 6.7 million. The fastest growing county was Pinal, where sprawl from the Phoenix metropolitan area has more than doubled the population, increasing it 106 percent from 2000 to 2010. Maricopa County posted the second-largest increase in population, rising 32.3 percent over the same period.
In rural Arizona, Yavapai County posted the biggest population gain, 28.4 percent, with Mohave County managing a close second. Coconino County, which is home to Flagstaff, also rose by about 12.6 percent over the decade.
Only three counties had single digit growth: Apache, Gila and La Paz, which saw increases of 2.6, 1.7 and 0.2 percent, respectively. Tiny Greenlee County, which boasts the state's smallest population, was the only one of Arizona's 15 counties to see a net loss of population in the latest census. There, the population fell from 8,547 in April 2000 to just 7,723 in July 2010.