Flagstaff, Arizona Population 2018

Flagstaff is located in Coconino County, Arizona. The city is located on the edge of the Ponderosa Pine forest and the Colorado Plateau close to Mount Elden, which is part of the state's highest mountain range. Named for the ponderosa pine flagpole made by a scouting party to celebrate the country's Centennial, Flagstaff has an estimated population of 65,000.

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 Growth Annual Growth Rate
201771,9759151.29%
201671,0601,1651.67%
201569,8951,3932.03%
201468,5024740.70%
201368,0281280.19%
201267,9001,8202.75%
201166,080-65-0.10%
201066,14513,2512.26%
200052,8947,0371.44%
199045,85711,1142.81%
198034,7438,6262.90%
197026,1177,9033.67%
196018,21411,44310.40%
19506,7711,6912.92%
19405,0801,1892.70%
19303,8917052.02%
19203,1861,8864.58%
19001,3000.00%

Flagstaff Population in 2018Source: By Nserrano [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White52,381
American Indian and Alaska Native7,014
Two or More Races3,052
Some Other Race2,956
Asian1,920
Black or African American1,828
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander119

Race Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey)

Flagstaff Population Pyramid 2018

0%5%10%15%20% Male Population0%5%10%15%20% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

Data via US Census (2016 ACS 5-Year Survey): Table S0101

Flagstaff Median Age

25.2


Total

25.1


Male

25.2


Female

Flagstaff Adults

There are 56,317 adults, (5,542 of which are seniors) in Flagstaff.

Flagstaff Age Dependency

36.4

Age Dependency Ratio

10.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Flagstaff Sex Ratio

Female

34,824

50.27%

Male

34,446

49.73%

Flagstaff Households and Families

Flagstaff Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Flagstaff Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married71.3%28.7%
All45%55%
Female30.4%69.6%
Non Family28.6%71.4%
Male28.6%71.4%

45.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Flagstaff Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All23,4672.545
Non Family10,6471.728.6
Married8,8963.1671.3
Female2,5903.1630.4
Male1,3343.1928.6

3.04

Average Family Size

2.5

Average Household Size

7.2%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.6%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Flagstaff Households

Flagstaff Education

Flagstaff Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9312.67%
9th to 12th Grade1,7935.15%
High School Graduate5,68216.32%
Some College7,75922.28%
Associates Degree3,2289.27%
Bachelors Degree8,75825.15%
Graduate Degree6,66819.15%

Flagstaff Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White23,53022,73112,898
Hispanic5,9574,6111,283
Native American3,5773,221591
Other Race1,5541,164164
Asian892777403
Multiple Races780663285
Black605517129
Islander141414

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among islander people with a rate of 100.00%.

Flagstaff Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,082$38,209$32,145
Less Than High School$22,048$22,087$21,961
High School Grad$24,813$31,518$20,803
Some College$30,959$34,490$29,619
Bachelors Degree$38,435$44,979$35,011
Graduate Degree$51,853$62,389$45,127

$35,082

Average Earnings

$38,209

Average Male

$32,145

Average Female

Flagstaff Language

Flagstaff Language by Age

Flagstaff Language

82.27% of Flagstaff residents speak only English, while 17.73% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.96% of the population.

Flagstaff Poverty

Flagstaff Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White37,1057,12519.20%
Hispanic11,5743,78232.68%
Native6,4471,85228.73%
Multiple2,36276232.26%
Asian1,59067742.58%
Other2,62067325.69%
Black1,22235128.72%
Islander854957.65%

23.28%

Overall Poverty Rate

22.86%

Male Poverty Rate

23.72%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Flagstaff

The race most likely to be in poverty in Flagstaff is Islander, with 57.65% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Flagstaff is White, with 19.20% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.78%. Among those working part-time, it was 39.47%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 30.56%.

Flagstaff Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.17%
High School16.24%
Some College14.82%
Bachelors or Greater6.11%

Flagstaff Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed58.67%
Male Unemployed49.63%
Female Employed18.94%
Male Employed17.72%

Flagstaff Income

Flagstaff Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$50,677$71,987
Families$69,459$93,133
Married Families$88,319$
Non Families$33,015$43,270

Flagstaff Marital Status

Flagstaff Marital Status

Marriage Rates

32.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.1%

Male Marriage Rate

32.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Flagstaff Married by Age and Sex

Flagstaff Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35To44.

Flagstaff Marital Status by Race

Flagstaff Veterans

Flagstaff Veterans by War

2,947

Number of Veterans

2,605

Male Veterans

342

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam1,093
First Gulf War617
Second Gulf War617
Korea187
World War II75

Flagstaff Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
65 to 74866
35 to 54691
75+475
55 to 64460
18 to 34455

Flagstaff Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White2,4535.59%
Hispanic3783.90%
Indian2374.61%
Black875.96%
Other783.63%
2 or More653.39%
Asian271.71%

Flagstaff Veterans by Education

8.48%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.66%

Veteran Disability Rate

Flagstaff Employment Status

Flagstaff Employment by Age

67.1%

Labor Force Participation

62.4%

Employment Rate

7%

Unemployment Rate

Flagstaff Employment by Race

Flagstaff Employment by Education

Flagstaff Place of Birth

Origin of Non Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

45.52%

Born in Arizona

93.47%

Native Born

6.53%

Foreign Born

3.91%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.47% of Flagstaff residents were born in the United States, with 45.52% having been born in Arizona. 3.91% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.