Step Aside Nevada! Arizona is the Fastest Growing State

Real Estate Technology with Zillow

For the first time in 19 years, Nevada is NOT the fastest growing state in the country. That distinction now belongs to Arizona.

The Census Bureau released numbers today showing Arizona had the fastest population increase rate during the one year period ending July 1, growing at a rate of 3.6 percent. Arizona was closely followed by Nevada, Idaho, Georgia and Texas.

According to the Census Bureau, 213,000 people moved into Arizona. It seems like roughly 212,997 of them were from California. The vast majority appear to have moved into my immediate neighborhood.

What motivates people to move to Arizona? Some probably think it's affordable housing, jobs, nice weather, stuff like that. But personally, I think they do it solely to work with a particular amazing real estate agent. And really, what more reason is needed?

Links to the news abound. Here are just a few:

In honor of Arizona's new distinction, Rich Jacobson has been named the #2 agent in Arizona. Happy Birthday Rich!


Comments (13)

Renée Donohue~Home Photography
Savvy Home Pix - Allegan, MI
Western Michigan Real Estate Photographer

Funny how migration trends show population increases in areas where the bubble is bursting and slow growth in areas that never saw quick or sharp appreciation over the last few years!


Dec 22, 2006 05:27 AM
Eric Bouler
Gardner Realtors, Licensed in La. - New Orleans, LA
Listening to your Needs
Lower taxes than Ca. Business is moving out of a big state and they go somewhere close to start again in an area that will not hender their growth. Schools are most likely good, welfare rolls are low, no public housing, poor people are not mobile and tend to stay behind. It drains the rest of the community and the flow continues towards opportunity. Most likely unions are not strong, There is a mix of republicans and democrats where one is not in sole power.
Dec 22, 2006 06:27 AM
Diana Corrales REALTOR

I moved to Southern AZ 20+ yrs ago from California as an employment transfer. From being a starving college student in CA to an immediate homeowner doing well in AZ. Bought my home on 1 acre fr $60k in 1983. I moved to a place where I do not have to lock my doors & fear all the crime.(Burglaries, gang violence, homicides). Where my sons were given an opportunity to grow up safe & of sound mind.  Where the skies are blue, the stars are bright. Where air is breathable. AND housing affordable.  Needless to say..... I love it here.

Am a Broker-REALTOR/Coldwell Banker & help relocate people to this area. Many CA residents have come in the last few years, fleeing the congestion & crime. Selling their basic home for $400-600,00+ and coming here to buy a brand new, basic home for $120-140,000 CASH and investing the rest in a business, other investment properties, or leaving it for retirement. Something they could never dream of doing in California. Many taking their children out of harms way, bringing them to a more rural setting, back to basics lifestyle here in Santa Cruz County. (I-19 corridor) A lush, high desert area.  

Many seniors moving here as well from all over the U.S. Fleeing from the cold and looking for affordable housing with ammenities. We have a retirement community with many ammenities for seniors... nearby.

This area has something to offer everyone, except those that enjoy the busy-ness of the city and the fast, night life available in the metro areas.

Visit my website   or email me at: 

Basic home 1200-1400 sq ft living area, 3 bedrooms,2 baths, 2 car garage on 0.25 ac+ lot range from ; $120-$165,000+. This area has homes in the starting range of $120K up to 1-12 million dollar homes.



Dec 22, 2006 07:20 AM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
Boy! My blogs are popping up EVERYWHERE today!
Dec 22, 2006 07:31 AM
Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
Shhh! Don't tell too many people about the great benefits of AZ or you'll become like the places the people are leaving.
Dec 23, 2006 12:19 AM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

We wish you a merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas! We wish you a merry Christmas And a happy New Year! Glad tidings we bring To you and your kin! Glad tidings for Christmas And a happy New Year!

Broker Bryant and The Lovely Wife (pretend we are singing it works better like that) ROAR!

Dec 23, 2006 10:21 AM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty
Jay - Nice to see the government is once again confirming what we already knew sometime AFTER the fact!  Perhaps the bubble heads will think again with that kind of demand for homes in AZ.  And - Yes - BTW - I'm Back!!
Dec 24, 2006 12:55 AM
Jeff Turner
RealSatisfied - Santa Clarita, CA

Merry Christmas from California!


Dec 25, 2006 12:08 AM
ARDELL DellaLoggia
Better Properties Seattle - Kirkland, WA
LOVE!! the you change it out every season?
Dec 29, 2006 02:27 AM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Agent

We were just in your neck of the woods.  I snapped this photo of my mini me on Camelback.  Yeah, I can do that too!  LOL

Dec 29, 2006 11:14 AM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL

Pssst...It's us. Happy New To You...Sorry we think it sounds better without the Year. SVW.

Last year's words belong to last year's language and next year's words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. "T.S. Eliot"

From Broker Bryant and The Lovely Wife...Wishing You a Good New. ROAR!

Dec 30, 2006 12:02 PM
Craig Schiller
Trempealeau, WI

"Tonights the night the world begins again..."

While these are not my words, they are the words of an amazing rock song that conveys my wish to you on this eve of a New Year.

Happy New Years!


Listen here: Windows or Quick Time

Dec 31, 2006 05:46 AM
Doug Lindstrom
eXp Realty - Loveland, CO
I escaped California myself and Jay, I can assure you that it was not the real estate agents that compelled me (us) to want to move. I am constantly reassured by our decision to move whenever I look at the sun set behind the Rocky Mountains. Congrats on being #1. I'm OK with less people moving to our state, less traffic, more fish for me to catch, etc.
Northern Colorado
Jan 02, 2007 10:38 AM