Flagstaff Population 2017

The city proper has a population density of 1,056 people per square mile (409/square kilometer). The larger metropolitan area has a population of 138,000, which ranks 292nd in the United States.

Flagstaff Demographics

According to the 2010 census, the racial composition of Flagstaff was 73% white, 12% Native American, 2% Black or African American, 2% Asian, 7% other races, and 3.5% two or more races. Hispanics and Latinos of any race accounted for almost 18.5% of the population. Flagstaff has a notably large Native American population that is about 12x the national average. This is due to Flagstaff's proximity to several Native American reservations such as the Hopi, Yavapai, Navajo, and Havasupai. There are almost 5,500 people of Navajo ancestry in Flagstaff.

Flagstaff is a college town, which is reflected in the demographics. Almost 90% of the population has a high school diploma or GED compared to the national average of 80%. More than 39% of the population has a bachelor's degree or higher.

Flagstaff Facts

Flagstaff's economy largely centers on the education and tourism, receiving more than 5 million visitors every year. Flagstaff is located near Grand Canyon National Park, which supports its thriving tourism industry. The city is also known for its high-tech and science development centers such as the Lowell Observatory, the United States Geological Survey's Flagstaff campus, and the United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station (NOFS).

Flagstaff Population Growth

Flagstaff is one of the fastest-growing areas of Arizona, according to recent census figures. While Phoenix has been losing large numbers to the outerlying suburbs, Flagstaff grew more than 4% between 2011 and 2012 alone. Its growth rate was so fast, in fact, that it was the 9th fastest-growing city in the United States at the time. Flagstaff has also grown 25% between 2000 and 2010.

The growth in Flagstaff is expected to continue in the near future as more people move away from the city into the suburbs with a lower cost of living and more job opportunities.

Year Population Change
2015 70,320 6.80%
2010 65,870 24.50%
2000 52,894 15.30%
1990 45,857 32.00%
1980 34,743 33.00%
1970 26,117 43.40%
1960 18,214 169.00%
1950 6,771 33.30%
1940 5,080 30.60%
1930 3,891 22.10%
1920 3,186 145.10%
1900 1,300 0.00%

Flagstaff Population in 2017 Source: ArizonaLincoln (talk)

Flagstaff Race Data

Race Population Percentage
White 49,428 73.31%
Black or African American 1,587 2.35%
American Indian and Alaska Native 7,502 11.13%
Asian 1,692 2.51%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 65 0.10%
Some Other Race 4,046 6.00%
Two or More Races 3,099 4.60%

Population Pyramid