Arizona Population 2016

The latest US census bureau estimate, from 2011, puts the population of Arizona at 6,482,505. This follows on from the official 2010 census results, which recorded a population of 6,392,017. Assuming consistent growth, the Arizona population in 2012 is likely to increase well past 6.5 million. From 1990 to 2000, Arizona was the second fastest growing state, increasing it’s population by nearly 40 percent.

Arizona Population 2014

According to the U.S. Census projections for Arizona in 2013, the population is estimated to be around 6,635,393. Arizona's population growth is at 1.25% a year, which ranks it as the 9th fastest growing state.

What is the Population of Arizona?

Although Arizona is the 6th 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 3.8 million of the state’s 6.5 million people and nine of its ten largest cities.

Here’s a list of the ten largest cities and towns 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 2010) shows that 73% of people in Arizona are white, 4.1% are black or African American, and 4.8% are Native American or Indian.

Taking into account origin, 29.6% of people in Arizona report Hispanic or Latino origin. The largest individual ancestry group in Arizona is Mexican (26%), followed by German (16%) and Irish (11%).

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.

Population Data via US Census