In just a year, more than 370 people decided to call Payson home, continuing the trend of population increases since the 2000 census, according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau in early July.
From July 1, 2006 to July 1, 2007 Payson's population grew by an estimated 373 persons, or 2.5 percent, making the population 15,407, up from 15,034.
From 2000 Payson's population has grown 13.1 percent or 1,787 people, the census data showed.
Star Valley, which incorporated after the 2000 Census, had a .25 percent increase, going from 1,969 in 2006 to 1,974 in 2007. The population is down 1.6 percent, or 32 people, from the April 2000 estimate.
Phoenix posted the largest numerical increase in population of 34,941 people, going from 1,517,318 in 2006 to 1,552,259 in 2007. The U.S. Census Bureau puts out annual estimates of populations for incorporated places in Arizona every year. The next census takes place in 2010.