This shows growth of about half a million from the official 2010 census results, which recorded a population of 6,392,017. From 1990 to 2000, Arizona was the second fastest growing state, increasing its population by nearly 40 percent. From 2010 to 2015, Arizona was the seventh fastest-growing state, posting a cumulative growth of 6.82%.
Arizona Area and Population Density
Although Arizona is the sixth largest state in the USA by area, it is the 14th largest state by population size. Since becoming the 48th state to be admitted to the USA in 1912, Arizona has grown rapidly from 200,000 people to nearly seven million today. Much of that growth has come in the past 40 years -- in 1970 there were less than two million people in Arizona.
The population of Arizona is concentrated around Phoenix, the state capital, and Tucson, the second largest city in the state. The largest county in Arizona by population count is Maricopa County, which is home to 4.1 million of the state's 6.9 million people. Containing over 60% of the state's population, Maricopa encompasses nine of the state's ten largest cities. Arizona features an average population density of 63 people per square mile with approximately 113,594 square miles of area in the state.
Arizona Gender and Religion Statistics
37.1 is the median age in Arizona, with females sitting at 50.3% and males at 49.7%
In terms of preferred religions over the state, 67% Arizonians identify under the Christian faith, with 6% non-Christian faiths rounding out the 27% that have no affiliation with either.
Arizona Historical Boundary, Census, and Statehood
Arizona was acquired from Mexico in 1848 and 1853. It was established as a territory in 1863 from New Mexico Territory, and acquired essentially its present boundaries in 1866. Arizona was admitted as a State on February 14, 1912.
In 1850, the present-day Arizona area had no census coverage. The 1860 population is for Arizona County, New Mexico Territory, which comprised most of present-day Arizona south of the Gila River. Northern and central Arizona first had census coverage in 1870.