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More the merrier: Phoenix had largest increase of people in nation

(AP Photo/Ric Francis, File)

PHOENIX — Just days after being named the highest-performing city in the nation, Phoenix learned Thursday that people are flocking to the Valley at a high rate.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Phoenix had the largest numeric increase of any city between 2015 and 2016, when they added 32,113 people (about 88 people per day on average).

When the count was finalized on July 1, 2016, Phoenix had a population of 1,615,017.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Valley’s most populous city is also the fifth most populous city in the nation, trailing New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. Philadelphia trails by about 50,000 people, followed by San Antonio, San Diego, Dallas and San Jose.

Part of getting more people than anyone to come to the area was thanks to the city of Buckeye, who was among the 15 fastest growing cities in the nation that year.

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