In 2007 Buckeye was the second fastest growing city in the U.S. Located in suburban Phoenix west of Glendale and Surprise, the growth of this sprawling area was fueled by several master planned communities within in its limits. The master plannned communities include Valencia, Sundance, and Verrado (see links to Buckeye Active Adult Communities at top right). In 2006 the population was 29,000, the 2011 population was 51,000 - by 2030 that is projected to grow to 380,000. The global recession of 2007-2008 hit Arizona hard but it has come back well in recent years.