Scottsdale 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.

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Scottsdale Race Data

Race Population Percentage
Some Other Race5,4342.20%
Two or More Races4,7701.93%
Black or African American4,1231.67%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,5851.05%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander1880.08%

Population Pyramid

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Scottsdale Housing Indicators

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This chart shows the employment and labor force participation rates in Scottsdale for residents over 16 years of age. The 2015 unemployment rate is 3.4% and the labor force participation rate is 63.5%.

Scottsdale Family/Household Indicators

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Unmarried Partner Households (Same Sex)
Unmarried Partner Households (Opposite Sex)
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Female Householder (no husband) Families
Male Householder (no wife) Families
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