Phoenix, Arizona Population 2020
Phoenix's population is estimated to have grown to 1.66 million. At the last census in 2010, Phoenix had a population of 1.445 million. In 2016, the population is estimated at 1,563,025 in the city proper, which makes it the 6th most populated city in the US.
During 2012, Phoenix increased its population by 1.7%. It's believed that sometime during 2013, Phoenix passed Philadelphia in population, although in 2016, Philadelphia again surpassed Phoenix.
Phoenix Diversity and Religion
Since the 2000 Census, the proportion of white people in Phoenix has dropped from 71% and African American proportion has grown from 5%. In 2000, Hispanics and Latinos accounted for just 34% of the population.
In 2010, the metropolitan area was 35% Catholic, 22% Evangelical Protestant, 16% LDS, 14% nondenominational, 7% Mainline Protestant, 2% Hindu, and 4% other religions.
The end of the Mexican-American war in 1848 resulted in much of the land in the region passing to the US, and a fort was eventually created by the US Army in the area in 1865 to quell uprisings from local Native Americans.
Phoenix itself began with a Confederate veteran named Jack Swilling, who traveled there in the 1850s to seek wealth. When he found the abandoned river valley, he thought it would be suitable for farming, and he built a series of canals following those of the old Native American System.
The land was sold in 1870, and a church opened in 1871, as well as a store and soon a school and a courtroom. Phoenix outgrew its form of government by 1881 and incorporated, and the population experienced high growth with the railroads in the 1880s.
Phoenix Population Growth
By 2020, it's forecasted that Phoenix will become the 4th most populous city in the US, and by 2030, the US Census Bureau estimates its population will reach 2.2 million with a metropolitan area that's home to 6.3 million.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Phoenix was:
- White: 72.33%
- Other race: 10.92%
- Black or African American: 6.93%
- Two or more races: 3.80%
- Asian: 3.71%
- Native American: 2.10%
- Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.21%