Scottsdale, Arizona Population 2020

255,310

Scottsdale is a city located in the state of 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 255,310. 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 exciting 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 before it became Scottsdale.

It was during the 1880s that a US Army Chaplain selected the area 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 employs 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 GoDaddy.

Scottsdale Population Statistics

Recent estimates put the population of Scottsdale at 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 largest age group is the group of inhabitants between 25 to 49, making up over 32% of the population. Over 17% of the population is 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 numbers 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 many 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 increased to over 200,000. Most recent estimates show that the population has already risen 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.

Scottsdale Demographics

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

  • White: 87.90%
  • Asian: 4.92%
  • Two or more races: 2.31%
  • Other race: 2.17%
  • Black or African American: 1.78%
  • Native American: 0.82%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%

How Many People Live in Scottsdale, Arizona?

255,310
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2018255,3103,7541.49%
2017251,5563,4561.39%
2016248,1006,9032.86%
2015241,1977,1443.05%
2014234,0535,1012.23%
2013228,9523,7391.66%
2012225,2134,4212.00%
2011220,7923,1771.46%
2010217,61514,9100.71%
2000202,70572,6364.54%
1990130,06941,4473.91%
198088,62220,7992.71%
197067,82357,79721.07%
196010,0269,32614.24%
19407000.00%
Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20184,857,96296,2681.98%
20174,761,69485,7281.80%
20164,675,96694,8442.03%
20154,581,12289,6991.96%
20144,491,42386,7481.93%
20134,404,67573,6221.67%
20124,331,05377,2281.78%
20114,253,82549,0871.15%
20104,204,7380.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White216,26387.90%
Asian12,1054.92%
Two or More Races5,6932.31%
Some Other Race5,3362.17%
Black or African American4,3801.78%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,0120.82%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2370.10%

Scottsdale Population Pyramid 2020

Scottsdale Median Age

47


Total

45.4


Male

49


Female

Scottsdale Adults

There are 206,584 adults, (57,609 of whom are seniors) in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Age Dependency

65.1

Age Dependency Ratio

38.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.5

Child Dependency Ratio

Scottsdale Sex Ratio

Female

124,786

50.72%

Male

121,240

49.28%

Scottsdale Households and Families

Scottsdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Scottsdale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.3%17.7%
All65.9%34.1%
Male52.8%47.2%
Non Family51.9%48.1%
Female51.3%48.7%

65.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All111,2212.265.9
Married51,2682.8282.3
Non Family48,5621.3151.9
Female7,5303.1351.3
Male3,8613.1952.8

2.84

Average Family Size

2.2

Average Household Size

5.1%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Scottsdale Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,2711.72%
9th to 12th Grade3,3611.76%
High School Graduate23,94512.56%
Some College37,88619.87%
Associates Degree13,2106.93%
Bachelors Degree66,28734.76%
Graduate Degree42,73822.41%

Scottsdale Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White160,052156,96293,911
Hispanic15,51912,6055,521
Asian8,7128,3926,790
Other Race3,4082,141973
Black3,0762,9551,298
Multiple Races2,6412,5841,542
Native American1,3531,169240
Islander176176

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 asian people with a rate of 77.94%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$54,392$67,093$45,677
Less Than High School$18,098$18,457$17,371
High School Grad$34,223$41,630$27,043
Some College$40,374$46,571$34,112
Bachelors Degree$65,797$81,313$53,323
Graduate Degree$83,716$109,167$66,384

$54,392

Average Earnings

$67,093

Average Male

$45,677

Average Female

Scottsdale Language

Scottsdale Language by Age

Scottsdale Language

86.28% of Scottsdale residents speak only English, while 13.72% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.20% of the population.

Scottsdale Poverty

Scottsdale Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White196,69812,3456.28%
Hispanic25,2905,58822.10%
Other5,3082,38644.95%
Multiple5,69375913.33%
Asian12,0856905.71%
Black4,28448811.39%
Native1,94732216.54%

8.19%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.59%

Male Poverty Rate

8.77%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Scottsdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Scottsdale is Other, with 44.95% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Scottsdale is Asian, with 5.71% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.55%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.71%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 12.40%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School29.63%
High School9.08%
Some College8.28%
Bachelors or Greater4.16%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed24.05%
Male Unemployed19.88%
Female Employed5.01%
Male Employed3.73%

Scottsdale Income

Scottsdale Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$84,601$129,271
Families$112,760$163,255
Married Families$127,524$179,769
Non Families$57,716$83,967

Scottsdale Marital Status

Scottsdale Marital Status

Marriage Rates

50.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.0%

Male Marriage Rate

49.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Scottsdale Married by Age and Sex

Scottsdale 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 55-64.

Scottsdale Marital Status by Race

Scottsdale Veterans

16,200

Number of Veterans

15,047

Male Veterans

1,153

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam5,802
Korea2,245
First Gulf War1,948
Second Gulf War1,698
World War II1,309

Scottsdale Veterans by Race

Name Veterans % of Total
White15,4098.35%
Hispanic6773.66%
Black2557.38%
2 or More2457.30%
Asian1401.48%
Indian1006.20%
Other511.31%

Scottsdale Veterans by Education

4.31%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.46%

Veteran Disability Rate

Scottsdale Employment Status

62.3%

Labor Force Participation

60%

Employment Rate

3.7%

Unemployment Rate

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

23.87%

Born in Arizona

87.84%

Native Born

12.16%

Foreign Born

5.44%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

87.84% of Scottsdale residents were born in the United States, with 23.87% having been born in Arizona. 5.44% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.