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Two Phoenix area suburbs among fastest-growing in US

Since 2000, two Phoenix area suburbs are among the fastest-growing cities in the nation, according to data recently released by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

Those cities — Surprise and Goodyear — were among the top 10 in population growth since the new millennium.

Surprise ranked fifth in the nation, with a 285 growth percentage. The city held a population of approximately 31,000 at the turn of the millennium; it’s now home to 119,000.

Goodyear, meanwhile, had even fewer residents in 2000, with just 19,000. The city now has a population of 68,000 — a growth rate of 257 percent, which is good for seventh in the nation.

Marana (No. 17) and Avondale (No. 46) were the two other cities in the state to crack the top 50 in growth rate.

Phoenix, meanwhile, grew by 11.6 percent since 2000.