On Oct. 1, the cities and towns of Buckeye, Chandler, Gilbert, Goodyear, Maricopa, Peoria and Queen Creek participated in a mid-decade census to update their population counts. Like many of the Valley’s surrounding cities, the city of Peoria has experienced rapid growth over the past five years.
According to the results of a special census conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau the city of Peoria is now home to 160,242 residents.
The last Census taken in 2010, the city had 154,058 residents. Having an accurate population number is critical for cities to receive their fare share of state allocated funds. These funds make up to nearly 30 percent of the city’s budget, including public safety and public service funding. Peoria’s portion of State Shared Revenues will be adjusted once the final numbers come in from the census in early 2016.
“Tremendous effort was spent getting the word out about the mid-decade census through several different channels ranging from a media blitz to community meetings,” said Deputy City Manager Julie Ayers. “We thank all of the residents who took the time to answer a few questions to help capture our current population.”
In 1974, the Arizona State Constitution outlined how income, retail and gas taxes will be distributed for public benefit – through city governments and based on population. Cities fund and run police and fire departments, emergency response, parks and recreation facilities and road, sidewalk and intersection maintenance, among many other things.