Phoenix, Arizona Population 2019

Phoenix is the largest city and capital of the state of Arizona, and the 6th most populous city in the United States. It's also the most populous state capital and the center of the Phoenix metropolitan area (or the Valley of the Sun), which is home to over 4.5 million people in 2016.

Phoenix's population in 2016 is expected to have grown to 1.5 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.

The Phoenix metropolitan area, meanwhile, is believed to have surpassed 4.5 million in 2015, and it's now the 12th largest metro area in the country. In 2010, the Phoenix area was 13th with a metro population of 4.19 million.

Phoenix Diversity and Religion

The most common ancestries in Phoenix were: Mexican (35.9%), German (15.3%), Irish (10.3%), English (9.4%), African American (6.5%), Italian (4.5%), American (2.7%) and Polish (2.5%).

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.

Phoenix History

The Hohokam people lived in the area that eventually became Phoenix for over 2,000 years, developing an extensive system of irrigation canals to make the desert area arable. Some of these canals later became used for the modern Arizona Canal and the Hayden-Rhodes Aqueduct. The Hohokam eventually abandoned the area between 1300 and 1450 due to floods and drought, and the Akimel O'odham settled here, as well as the Yavapai and eventually the Maricopa.

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.

By 1950, Phoenix was home to 100,000 people in the city and thousands in surrounding areas, and it continued to attract new business and become a popular tourist destination. In 2007, it became the second-fastest growing metro area in the US after Las Vegas with a growth of 24%, but it was one of the hardest hit areas during the subprime mortgage crisis.

Phoenix Population Growth

In early 2013, Forbes ranked the Phoenix Metro Area as the 8th fastest-growing major city in the United States, after Austin, Houston, Dallas, Raleigh, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Provo. In 2015, Phoenix remained on Forbes' list but dropped to number 11.

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.

Phoenix Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Phoenix was:

  • White: 71.90%
  • Other race: 11.70%
  • Black or African American: 6.91%
  • Two or more races: 3.65%
  • Asian: 3.63%
  • Native American: 2.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.20%
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20181,660,27225,2881.55%
20171,634,98421,4031.33%
20161,613,58128,6541.81%
20151,584,92728,3751.82%
20141,556,55229,2161.91%
20131,527,33627,4971.83%
20121,499,83929,7872.03%
20111,470,05220,7571.43%
20101,449,295128,2500.93%
20001,321,045337,6423.00%
1990983,403193,6992.22%
1980789,704205,4013.06%
1970584,303145,1332.90%
1960439,170332,35215.19%
1950106,81841,4045.03%
194065,41417,2963.12%
193048,11819,0655.17%
192029,05317,91910.07%
191011,1345,5907.22%
19005,5442,3925.81%
18903,1520.00%

Population by Race

Race Population
White1,131,958
Some Other Race184,145
Black or African American108,846
Two or More Races57,526
Asian57,211
American Indian and Alaska Native31,543
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander3,192

Phoenix Population Pyramid 2019

Phoenix Median Age

33.3


Total

32.6


Male

34


Female

Phoenix Adults

There are 1,152,844 adults, (157,110 of whom are seniors) in Phoenix.

Phoenix Age Dependency

58.1

Age Dependency Ratio

15.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

42.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Phoenix Sex Ratio

Female

789,593

50.15%

Male

784,828

49.85%

Phoenix Households and Families

Phoenix Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Phoenix Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married70%30%
All53.4%46.6%
Male44.1%55.9%
Non Family43.1%56.9%
Female37.4%62.6%

53.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All544,0222.8653.4
Married225,9303.6270
Non Family198,5591.3543.1
Female82,0383.9937.4
Male37,4953.8544.1

3.58

Average Family Size

2.86

Average Household Size

8.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.7%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Phoenix Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade95,8969.64%
9th to 12th Grade91,4379.20%
High School Graduate233,28623.46%
Some College220,22322.15%
Associates Degree77,1487.76%
Bachelors Degree176,74417.78%
Graduate Degree99,58910.02%

Phoenix Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White515,625486,107200,173
Hispanic343,413203,53732,710
Other Race96,91551,4557,225
Black65,62757,24913,236
Asian40,68134,21922,556
Multiple Races22,15918,8236,146
Native American17,77214,6162,748
Islander2,0351,796419

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 94.28%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 55.45%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$35,624$38,484$32,173
Less Than High School$21,578$24,188$17,108
High School Grad$27,920$30,508$24,881
Some College$35,432$39,937$31,881
Bachelors Degree$51,800$61,800$43,876
Graduate Degree$66,830$84,525$55,445

$35,624

Average Earnings

$38,484

Average Male

$32,173

Average Female

Phoenix Language

Phoenix Language by Age

Phoenix Language

62.73% of Phoenix residents speak only English, while 37.27% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 30.94% of the population.

Phoenix Poverty

Phoenix Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic661,963202,68130.62%
White674,12277,35911.48%
Other182,43057,25731.39%
Black106,45227,72126.04%
Multiple56,86811,04319.42%
Native30,7998,53727.72%
Asian56,7586,00810.59%
Islander3,10048715.71%

20.91%

Overall Poverty Rate

19.52%

Male Poverty Rate

22.29%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Phoenix

The race most likely to be in poverty in Phoenix is Other, with 31.39% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Phoenix is Asian, with 10.59% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 5.42%. Among those working part-time, it was 21.52%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 32.36%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School33.61%
High School19.38%
Some College12.97%
Bachelors or Greater5.16%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed42.89%
Male Unemployed35.39%
Female Employed9.81%
Male Employed9.56%

Phoenix Income

Phoenix Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$52,080$73,092
Families$60,013$82,858
Married Families$76,474$101,446
Non Families$37,293$51,558

Phoenix Marital Status

Phoenix Marital Status

Marriage Rates

41.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.8%

Male Marriage Rate

41.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Phoenix Married by Age and Sex

Phoenix Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Phoenix Marital Status by Race

Phoenix Veterans

72,364

Number of Veterans

65,700

Male Veterans

6,664

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam25,877
First Gulf War14,438
Second Gulf War12,009
Korea5,369
World War II2,785
Age Group Veterans
35 to 5419,201
65 to 7417,479
55 to 6415,161
75+13,393
18 to 347,130

Phoenix Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White61,0957.14%
Hispanic11,1242.59%
Black5,6317.23%
Other2,1951.81%
2 or More1,4195.06%
Asian9902.23%
Indian8834.05%
Hawaiian1516.64%

Phoenix Veterans by Education

9.04%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.56%

Veteran Disability Rate

Phoenix Employment Status

66.2%

Labor Force Participation

61.5%

Employment Rate

6.9%

Unemployment Rate

Phoenix 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

41.88%

Born in Arizona

80.39%

Native Born

19.61%

Foreign Born

13.32%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

80.39% of Phoenix residents were born in the United States, with 41.88% having been born in Arizona. 13.32% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.