handsFor the first time ever, the population of Bullhead City has surpassed the 40,000 mark. The Arizona Office of Employment and Population Statistics (AOE&PS) estimates that Bullhead City had 40,088 residents as of July 2015. The AOE&PS recently released its estimates for the state’s 15 counties and 91 incorporated cities and towns. Bullhead City‘s 2015 population makes it the fastest growing city in Mohave County over the past year.

            Lake Havasu City continues to be the most populated city in Mohave County with an estimated population of 53,583 residents. According to the latest figures, Lake Havasu City added 390 residents between 2014 and 2015, which is a 0.7 percent increase.

            Bullhead City remains in second place, but it’s believed the city added 623 residents since 2014, which gives the city a growth rate of 1.6 percent.

            Kingman was the second fastest growing city with a growth rate of 1.1 percent, but their were only 322 additional residents living within the city limits. Kingman’s 2015 population was estimated at 28,942. Although the AOE&PS does not conduct estimates for unincorporated areas, it does have a projected population for certain neighborhoods. The most recent projected population for the Butler neighborhood is pegged at approximately 12,000, making it the second most populated unincorporated area of Mohave County.

            The most populated unincorporated area is Fort Mohave with a projected population of slightly more than 15,000 residents.

            Colorado City– the only incorporated town in Mohave County– has an estimated 2015 population of 4,834, which is an increase of only 34 residents since 2014.

            Overall, the 2015 population in Mohave County was estimated to be 205,716, which would be a 0.8 percent increase over 2014– a growth rate that is a far cry from what it used to be between 1990 and 2010.

            The 2015 population estimates did not change any ranking for the top 10 largest cities in rural Arizona. Yuma continues to be the largest municipality outside of Maricopa and Pima Counties. Yuma is inching closer to the 100,000 mark with an estimated 2015 population of 97,950.

            Just as Bullhead City has reached a milestone by surpassing the 40,000 mark, so has Flagstaff by surpassing the 70,000 mark. Flagstaff is the second largest city in rural Arizona with a population of 70,643.

            Lake Havasu City kept its third-place ranking, but Casa Grande is closing in. At 1.8 percent, Casa Grande’s growth rate is more than double that of Lake Havasu.

Bullhead City still ranks ninth in rural Arizona, but it’s quickly catching up to Prescott. The Yavapai County seat barely beats out Bullhead City for eighth place by 901. Mohave County population above 205,000, BHC surpasses 40,000