Scottsdale, Arizona Population 2018

Scottsdale is a city in Arizona. It is located in Maricopa County and is known as “The West’s Most Western Town.” Scottsdale was only incorporated as a city in 1951 and since that time has seen substantial growth. The estimated population is 246,645. It is the 92nd largest city in the US by population. The city is known for its thriving nightlife and social scene, once compared to Miami’s South Beach area.

Scottsdale History

The area that is now known as the city of Scottsdale has a long history dating back as far as 300 BC. During this time, it was inhabited by the Hohokam. One of the most interesting things about the area’s early history is that the ancient civilizations created a series of irrigation canals. What’s so interesting is that many of these were updated and are still in use today. The city was originally a village known as Vasai S-vasoni prior to it becoming Scottsdale.

It was during the 1880s that the area was selected by a US Army Chaplain as having great potential for agricultural ventures. The man, Winfield Scott, purchased over 600 acres. This man, along with his brother George Washington Scott were the first residents of the town of Orangedale, as it was known at the time. The city’s name was changed in 1894, named for Winfield Scott. It wasn’t until 1951 that Scottsdale was incorporated as a city.

In the late 1800s, a public school system was established. The town also gained a post office and a general store during its earliest days. The early 1900s saw expansion in both growth and population with the development of the Granite Reef and Roosevelt dams. Scottsdale was thriving. The economy boomed with the production of cotton during World War II. However, once government contracts ended, the boom came to an end.

During the Great Depression, many architects and artists made their way to Scottsdale. Population only continued to grow throughout the 1900s as the city continued to expand. Planned communities were built during the 1970s through 1990s. Because Scottsdale was growing at such a rapid rate, residents raised concerns about losing their beautiful scenery. A tax was imposed to purchase 36,000 acres that will preserve the southwestern landscape.

Today, Scottsdale’s economy is centered on the tourism industry, which provides employment to 39% of the workforce. The city has multiple spas, has a thriving aviation industry, and has attracted many companies that have set up headquarters in the area, including Cold Stone Creamery, Discount Tire, Fender and Go Daddy.

Scottsdale Demographics

Recent estimates put the population of Scottsdale as over 246,000, making it the 92nd largest city by population in the United States. The city stretches across over 184 square miles and has a population density of over 1,340 people per square mile.

The last census shows that the majority of the population is white, making up over 89% of the population. The data show that 1.7% of the population is Black or African American, 3.3% is Asian, and 8.8% are Hispanic or Latino.

The largest age group is the group of inhabitants between 25 to 49, making up over 32% of the population. Over 17% of the population are under age 18, while almost 20% are at least 65 years old. Just 5.8% of the total population lives below the federal poverty line. Scottsdale is a religiously diverse city, even though most of the residents practice Christian faiths. However, as the population continues to grow, so do the different observed religions. There are many different religious communities located within the city, including but not limited to Jewish, Hindy, Buddhist and Sikh.

Most of the workforce of Scottsdale work in the tourism industry. It has one of the highest number of AAA Five-Diamond hotels and resorts in the country and is home to many renowned spas and resorts including the Four Seasons Scottsdale and Canyon Suites. The city’s climate as well as retail facilities, dining, nightlife and attractions are what lure in visitors. There are a number of top employers within the city, including Honor Health, CVS Health, Scottsdale Unified School District, Vanguard and the City of Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Population Growth

Scottsdale has seen incredible population growth throughout its history. Most notably, the city’s population grew a whopping 576.5% between the 1960 and 1970 censuses. By the time of the 1990 census, the city’s population had grown to over 100,000. At the next census in 2000, the population had grown to over 200,000. Most recent estimates show that the population has already grown over 13% since the last estimate taken in 2010, indicating that this thriving city still has lots of growing to do well into the future.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2017249,9503,7461.52%
2016246,2046,5552.74%
2015239,6496,9662.99%
2014232,6834,6902.06%
2013227,9933,4061.52%
2012224,5874,2041.91%
2011220,3832,8331.30%
2010217,55014,8450.71%
2000202,70572,6364.54%
1990130,06941,4473.91%
198088,62220,7992.71%
197067,82357,79721.07%
196010,0269,32614.24%
19407000.00%

Scottsdale Population in 2018Source: By Marine 69-71 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Population by Race

Race Population
White207,238
Asian9,639
Some Other Race5,961
Two or More Races4,640
Black or African American4,014
American Indian and Alaska Native2,783
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander220

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

Scottsdale Population Pyramid 2018

0%2%4%6%8% Male Population0%2%4%6%8% Female Population80757065605550454035302520151050

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

Scottsdale Median Age

46.3


Total

45.2


Male

47.7


Female

Scottsdale Adults

There are 194,865 adults, (52,527 of which are seniors) in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Age Dependency

64.7

Age Dependency Ratio

36.9

Old Age Dependency Ratio

27.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Scottsdale Sex Ratio

Female

120,414

51.35%

Male

114,081

48.65%

Scottsdale Households and Families

Scottsdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Scottsdale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.4%17.6%
All65.8%34.2%
Male52.4%47.6%
Non Family51.6%48.4%
Female51.4%48.6%

65.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Scottsdale Households by Type

Type Count Average Size Owned
All105,1242.2165.8
Married48,5632.8182.4
Non Family45,0901.3251.6
Female7,7443.2751.4
Male3,7273.1752.4

2.85

Average Family Size

2.21

Average Household Size

4.7%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.4%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Scottsdale Households

Scottsdale Education

Scottsdale Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,1721.77%
9th to 12th Grade3,7242.08%
High School Graduate22,46912.53%
Some College37,22420.76%
Associates Degree13,0747.29%
Bachelors Degree61,35634.22%
Graduate Degree38,26221.34%

Scottsdale Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White152,091148,79287,540
Hispanic13,81911,1864,628
Asian7,0406,5454,907
Other Race3,4102,236963
Black2,8122,6531,239
Multiple Races1,9081,8611,118
Native American1,7961,480262
Islander16916923

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 69.70%.

Scottsdale Earnings by Educational Attainment

Name Average Male Female
Overall$50,311$62,035$40,951
Less Than High School$17,094$17,568$16,673
High School Grad$30,263$35,856$26,218
Some College$36,429$43,473$31,686
Bachelors Degree$60,676$75,445$47,484
Graduate Degree$80,194$102,092$59,629

$50,311

Average Earnings

$62,035

Average Male

$40,951

Average Female

Scottsdale Language

Scottsdale Language by Age

Scottsdale Language

86.84% of Scottsdale residents speak only English, while 13.16% speak other languages. The largest non-English language is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.45% of the population.

Scottsdale Poverty

Scottsdale Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White189,24113,4337.10%
Hispanic23,8286,20126.02%
Other5,9232,65944.89%
Asian9,6187507.80%
Multiple4,63370015.11%
Black3,9433498.85%
Native2,7022248.29%

9.24%

Overall Poverty Rate

8.86%

Male Poverty Rate

9.61%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Scottsdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Scottsdale is Other, with 44.89% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Scottsdale is White, with 7.10% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.98%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.30%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 14.48%.

Scottsdale Poverty Rate by Education

Name Poverty
Less Than High School31.10%
High School11.32%
Some College9.10%
Bachelors or Greater4.48%

Scottsdale Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Name Poverty
Female Unemployed23.07%
Male Unemployed22.65%
Female Employed4.97%
Male Employed4.75%

Scottsdale Income

Scottsdale Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$76,543$117,667
Families$102,842$147,605
Married Families$116,500$163,646
Non Families$50,550$76,562

Scottsdale Marital Status

Scottsdale Marital Status

Marriage Rates

50.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

53.0%

Male Marriage Rate

48.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Scottsdale Married by Age and Sex

Scottsdale 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 55To64.

Scottsdale Marital Status by Race

Scottsdale Veterans

Scottsdale Veterans by War

16,537

Number of Veterans

15,587

Male Veterans

950

Female Veterans

Name Veterans
Vietnam6,241
Korea2,434
World War II1,788
First Gulf War1,728
Second Gulf War1,313

Scottsdale Veterans by Age

Name Veterans
75+6,161
65 to 744,989
35 to 542,469
55 to 642,223
18 to 34695

Scottsdale Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White15,6458.94%
Hispanic5923.55%
Black33110.21%
2 or More2288.99%
Asian1431.85%
Indian1085.33%
Other821.97%

Scottsdale Veterans by Education

6.14%

Veteran Poverty Rate

26.13%

Veteran Disability Rate

Scottsdale Employment Status

Scottsdale Employment by Age

62.8%

Labor Force Participation

59.7%

Employment Rate

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

Scottsdale Employment by Race

Scottsdale Employment by Education

Scottsdale 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

24.57%

Born in Arizona

88.93%

Native Born

11.07%

Foreign Born

4.82%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

88.93% of Scottsdale residents were born in the United States, with 24.57% having been born in Arizona. 4.82% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.