Arizona Population 2017

7,026,629

Our latest estimate puts the population of Arizona at 6,927,347 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. From 2010 to 2015, Arizona was the seventh fastest growing state, posting a cumulative growth of 6.82%.

What is the Population of Arizona?

Although Arizona is the sixth largest state in the USA by area, it is the 14th 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 nearly seven million today. Much of that growth has come in the past 40 years -- in 1970 there were less than two million people in Arizona.

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 6.9 million people. Containing over 60% of the state's population, Maricopa encompasses nine of the state's ten largest cities.

Arizona Population Chart

Population History

Arizona was admitted to the Union in 1912 as the final state of the lower 48. Arizona's population at statehood was just over 200,000 people, which ranked 45th of the 48 states . In the hundred years since, its population has grown rapidly, consistently posting annual growth rates of over 3%.

Since the most recent official estimate from the US Census in 2015 (6,828,065), we estimate that the population has increased by nearly 100,000. If this rate is sustained, Arizona will surpass 7 million citizens in early 2017, becoming the 14th state to reach this mark.

Population Data via US Census

Arizona Growth Rate

Year Pop % Change
20207,324,4751.37%
20197,225,1931.39%
20187,125,9111.41%
20177,026,6291.43%
20166,927,3471.45%
20156,828,0651.48%
20146,728,7831.48%
20136,630,7991.18%
20126,553,2621.31%
20116,468,7321.20%
20106,392,0172.22%
20005,130,6323.42%
19903,665,2283.03%
19802,718,2154.38%
19701,770,9003.12%
19601,302,1615.68%
1950749,5874.15%
1940499,2611.37%
1930435,5732.69%
1920334,1625.04%
1910204,3545.21%
1900122,9313.37%
189088,2438.12%
188040,44015.40%
18709,6580.00%

Arizona Facts

Arizona Population in 2017Source: DPPed

  • 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.
  • The Grand Canyon, one of Arizona's most famous landmarks, has exposed stone that dates back 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.

Arizona Population Density by County

Maricopa County

  • Population4,167,947
  • Density453.06 per sq km
  • Growth Since 20108.95%
  • State Rank1
  • % of State61.04%

Arizona Population Growth Rate by County

Overall, most of the counties in Arizona experienced growth between the Census taken in 2010 and the Census Bureau estimates taken in 2015. Greenlee County, located right along the eastern border of the state, has seen the most growth during this time period, posting a 14.27% population increase over 5 years. Trailing behind is Maricopa County, which has experienced 8.95% growth during the same time period. Neighboring Pima County has grown by 7.17%, followed by Yavapai County at 7.17%.

As far as population declines, Arizon has fared better than many other states that have seen significant declines in recent years. The biggest drop came in the southeastern county of Cohise County, which had a population decline of 4.08%. La Paz County, Santa Cruz County and Gila County round out the remaining counties that have experienced population declines from 2010 to 2015.

Population Pyramid

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Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Two or More Races186,5862.73%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander18,1660.27%
Asian231,4623.39%
American Indian and Alaska Native362,9685.32%
Black or African American330,4674.84%
White5,698,41683.46%

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%%).

Some experts believe that Arizona will become a minority-majority state by the year 2027 based on current demographic trends. Beginning in 2003, the number of births to Hispanics outnumbered the number of births by non-Hispanic whites. While this trend continued for several years after that, the trend reversed in 2011. The southern and central regions of the state remain mostly inhabited by Mexican Americans.

The population of African Americans within the state has also grown significantly in recent years, with Phoenix's population in this demographic doubling from 1990 to 2005. Asian Americans also inhabit the state, with the largest subgroup being Filipinos, with over 53,000 recorded during the 2010 Census.

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.

Languages Spoken in Arizona

Language Population Percentage
Mandarin5,1350.09%
Hopi5,6600.09%
Pima6,6950.11%
Apache10,7000.18%
French16,4800.27%
Chinese19,7650.33%
German23,0200.38%
Spanish1,230,73020.40%
English4,633,66276.80%
Population 5 years and over6,033,147100.00%

This chart shows the top 10 non-English languages that are spoken at home in Arizona. The data comes from the most recent release of the American Community Survey (ACS).

Arizona Economy

IndicatorValue
High school graduate or higher 85.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher 27.1%
With a Disability 8%
Persons Without Health Insurance 16%
In Civilian Labor Force 59.7%
In Civilian Labor Force (Female) 54.9%
Food Services Sales $13,996,635
Health Care Revenue $37,055,881,000
Manufacturers Shipments $51,243,473,000
Merchant Wholesaler Sales $69,437,272,000
Total Retail Sales $84,716,542,000
Total Retail Sales per Capita $12,927
Mean Travel Time to Work 24.7 minutes
Median Household Income $49,928
Per Capita Income (past 12 months) $25,537
Persons in Poverty 18.2%

This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Arizona for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 5.3% and the labor force participation rate is 59.7%.

Arizona Business

IndicatorValue
Total Nonemployer Establishments 438,353
All firms 499,926
Men-owned Firms 245,243
Women-owned Firms 182,425
Minority-owned Firms 135,313
Nonminority-owned Firms 344,981
Veternan-owned Firms 46,780
Nonveteran-owned Firms 427,582

Arizona Housing

IndicatorValue
Housing Units 2,844,526
Owner Occupied Housing Rate 63.4%
Median Value Owner Occupied Housing Units $162,900
Median Monthly Owner Costs (w/Mortgage) $1,390
Median Monthly Owner Costs (no mortgage) $381
Median Gross Rent $905
Building Permits 28,910
Households 2,387,246
Persons per Household 2.69 persons
Living in Same House 1 Year Ago 80.9%
Language Other than English Spoken at Home 26.8%
Data Sources
  1. Census State Population Estimates - Most recent state estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program - released 6/23/2016
  2. Census County Population Estimates - Most recent county estimates from the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program - released 6/23/2016
  3. American Community Survey (2009 - 2013)
  4. Census QuickFacts
  5. Arizona's State Demographer's Office
  6. Population Reference Bureau on Arizona's Demography
  7. Arizona Department of Health Services
  8. CensusScope