Arizona Population 2016

The latest US census bureau estimate puts the population of Arizona at 6,828,065 in 2016. This shows growth of about half a million from the official 2010 census results, which recorded a population of 6,392,017. From 1990 to 2000, Arizona was the second fastest growing state, increasing it’s population by nearly 40 percent. In 2015, Arizona was the seventh fastest growing state, posting an annual growth rate of 6.82%.

According to the U.S. Census estimate for Arizona in 2015, the population is estimated to be around 6,828,065. This reflects a population growth of 6.82% when compared to the official figures from the 2010 census, which means Arizona ranks as the seventh fastest growing state in the United States.

What is the Population of Arizona?

Although Arizona is the sixth largest state in the USA by area, it is only the 16th largest state by population size. Since becoming the 48th state to be admitted to the USA in 1912, Arizona has grown rapidly from 200,000 people to more than six million today. Much of that growth has come in the past 40 years -- in 1970 there were less than two million people in Arizona.

As you can see from the map, the population of Arizona is concentrated around Phoenix, the state capital, and Tucson, its second largest city. The largest county in Arizona, by population, is Maricopa County, which is home to 4.1 million of the state's 6.8 million people is made up of nine of the state's ten largest cities.

This list breaks down the populations of the ten largest cities in Arizona: (source: Wikipedia)

Name TypeCountyPopulation (2010)
PhoenixCity Maricopa 1,445,632
TucsonCity Pima 520,116
Mesa City Maricopa 439,041
Chandler City Maricopa 236,123
Glendale City Maricopa 226,721
Scottsdale City Maricopa 217,385
Gilbert Town Maricopa 208,453
Tempe City Maricopa 161,719
Peoria City Maricopa[a] 154,065
Surprise City Maricopa 117,517

Arizona Population by Race

The latest data collected on race (from 2015) shows that 83.5% of people in Arizona are white, 4.8% are black or African American, and 5.3% are Native American or Indian. It is estimated that 14.7% of the total population of the state is foreign born.

Taking into account origin, 30.7% of people in Arizona report Hispanic or Latino origin. The largest individual ancestry group in Arizona is Mexican (25.8%), followed by German (16.5%), English (10.3%) and Irish (10.9%%).

Arizona's Native American population is one of the largest in the US (only California and Oklahoma have more). The state is also home to more speakers of Native American languages than any other state -- more than 85,000 people are able to speak Navajo and more than 10,000 are able to speak Apache.

Arizona Population in 2016 Source: DPPed

Arizona Facts

  • The copper star on Arizona's state flag represents the state's role as the largest copper producer in the US.
  • Arizona is one of the oldest Indian settlements in the country.
  • One-fourth of the state is made up of forests, including the 11.2 million acre National Forest.
  • The bridge at Lake Havasu is constructed of the stones used to construct the original London Bridge.
  • The state has over 3,900 mountain peaks and summits, making it the most mountainous state in the US.
  • The Grand Canyon, one of Arizona's most famous landmarks, has exposed stone that dates back to over 1 billion years.
  • Jerome, Arizona, was once a copper mining town. Once the mines closed, the population dropped to just 50 people.
  • Arizona has the highest amount of land designated as Indian land.
  • The oldest Indian settlement, Oraibi, is located in Arizona.

Population Data via US Census

Year Population % Change Rank
2020 7,324,475 1.37% 14
2019 7,225,193 1.39% 14
2018 7,125,911 1.41% 14
2017 7,026,629 1.43% 14
2016 6,927,347 1.45% 14
2015 6,828,065 1.48% 14
2014 6,728,783 1.48% 15
2013 6,630,799 1.18% 15
2012 6,553,262 1.31% 15
2011 6,468,732 1.20% 16
2010 6,392,017 2.22% 16
2000 5,130,632 3.42% 20
1990 3,665,228 3.03% 24
1980 2,718,215 4.38% 29
1970 1,770,900 3.12% 33
1960 1,302,161 5.68% 35
1950 749,587 4.15% 37
1940 499,261 1.37% 43
1930 435,573 2.69% 43
1920 334,162 5.04% 45
1910 204,354 5.21% 45
1900 122,931 3.37% 47
1890 88,243 8.12% 46
1880 40,440 15.40% 43
1870 9,658 0.00% 45
Arizona Population by Race
Race Population Percentage
White 5,418,483 84.77%
Black or African American 280,905 4.39%
American Indian and Alaska Native 335,278 5.25%
Asian 188,456 2.95%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 16,112 0.25%
Two or more races 152,783 2.39%
Languages Spoken in Arizona
Language Population Percentage
Population 5 years and over 6,033,147 100.00%
Spanish 1,230,730 20.40%
German 23,020 0.40%
Chinese 19,765 0.30%
French 16,480 0.30%
Apache 10,700 0.20%
Pima 6,695 0.10%
Hopi 5,660 0.10%
Mandarin 5,135 0.10%
Serbocroatian 4,960 0.10%
Arizona County Populations
County Population Rank
Maricopa County 4,167,947 1
Pima County 1,010,025 2
Pinal County 406,584 3
Yavapai County 222,255 4
Mohave County 204,737 5
Yuma County 204,275 6
Coconino County 139,097 7
Cochise County 126,427 8
Navajo County 108,277 9
Apache County 71,474 10
Gila County 53,159 11
Santa Cruz County 46,461 12
Graham County 37,666 13
La Paz County 20,152 14
Greenlee County 9,529 15