Flagstaff, Arizona Population 2023

80,119

Flagstaff is a city located in Coconino County Arizona. It is also the county seat of Coconino County. With a 2023 population of 80,119, it is the 15th largest city in Arizona and the 488th largest city in the United States.Flagstaff is currently growing at a rate of 1.39% annually and its population has increased by 4.28% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 76,831 in 2020. Spanning over 66 miles, Flagstaff has a population density of 1,214 people per square mile.

The average household income in Flagstaff is $77,787 with a poverty rate of 16.07%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Flagstaff is 24.9 years, 26 years for males, and 23.5 years for females.

Flagstaff is located in Coconino County, Arizona. The city is located on the edge of the Ponderosa Pine forest and the Colorado Plateau close to Mount Elden, which is part of the state's highest mountain range. Flagstaff is named for the ponderosa pine flagpole made by a scouting party to celebrate the country's Centennial.

Flagstaff Diversity

Flagstaff has a notably large Native American population that is about 12x the national average. This is due to Flagstaff's proximity to several Native American reservations such as the Hopi, Yavapai, Navajo, and Havasupai. There are almost 5,500 people of Navajo ancestry in Flagstaff.

Flagstaff is a college town, which is reflected in the demographics. Almost 90% of the population has a high school diploma or GED compared to the national average of 80%. More than 39% of the population has a bachelor's degree or higher.

Flagstaff Facts

Flagstaff's economy mostly centers on education and tourism, receiving more than 5 million visitors every year.

Flagstaff is found near Grand Canyon National Park, which supports its thriving tourism industry.

The city is also known for its high-tech and science development centers such as the Lowell Observatory, the United States Geological Survey's Flagstaff campus, and the United States Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station (NOFS).

Flagstaff Population Growth

Flagstaff is one of the fastest-growing areas of Arizona, according to recent census figures. While Phoenix has been losing large numbers to the outlying suburbs, Flagstaff grew more than 4% between 2011 and 2012 alone. Its growth rate was so fast, in fact, that it was the 9th fastest-growing city in the United States at the time. Flagstaff has also grown by 25% between 2000 and 2010.

The growth in Flagstaff is expected to continue soon as more people move away from the city into the suburbs with a lower cost of living and more job opportunities.

Flagstaff Demographics

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

  • White: 77.21%
  • Native American: 8.18%
  • Two or more races: 6.12%
  • Other race: 3.30%
  • Asian: 3.03%
  • Black or African American: 1.97%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.19%
The current population of Flagstaff, Arizona is 80,119 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 76,831.

Flagstaff, Arizona Population 2023

Population by Race

White

Native American

Two or more races

Other race

Asian

Black or African American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Flagstaff Population by Race

Flagstaff Population Pyramid 2023

Flagstaff Median Age

24.9

Total

26

Male

23.5

Female

Flagstaff Adults

There are 59,836 adults, (6,427 of whom are seniors) in Flagstaff.

Flagstaff Age Dependency

37.3

Age Dependency Ratio

12

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.2

Child Dependency Ratio

Flagstaff Sex Ratio

Female36,71450.07%
Male36,60549.93%

Flagstaff Population by Age

Flagstaff Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

3.11

Average Family Size

2.45

Average Household Size

46.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Flagstaff Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Flagstaff Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Flagstaff Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among other race people with a rate of 83.94%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 36.34%.

Flagstaff Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$38,453

Average Earnings

$40,708

Average Male

$36,928

Average Female

Flagstaff Earnings by Educational Attainment

Flagstaff Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Flagstaff Language

83.45% of Flagstaff residents speak only English, while 16.55% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.07% of the population.

Flagstaff Language

Flagstaff Poverty by Race

rate

16.07%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.13%

Male Poverty Rate

17.11%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Flagstaff

The race most likely to be in poverty in Flagstaff is Islander, with 25.74% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Flagstaff is Other, with 13.66% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.26%. Among those working part-time, it was 31.58%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.07%.

Flagstaff Poverty

Flagstaff Poverty Rate by Education

Flagstaff Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Flagstaff Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Flagstaff Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

30.3%

Overall Marriage Rate

31.7%

Male Marriage Rate

28.9%

Female Marriage Rate

Flagstaff Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Flagstaff 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.

Flagstaff Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Flagstaff Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

3,112

Number of Veterans

2,814

Male Veterans

298

Female Veterans

Flagstaff Veterans by War

Flagstaff Veterans by Age

count

Flagstaff Veterans by Race

Flagstaff Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

7.63%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.90%

Veteran Disability Rate

Flagstaff Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

65%

Labor Force Participation

60%

Employment Rate

7.7%

Unemployment Rate

Flagstaff Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Flagstaff Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Flagstaff Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

43.13%

Born in Flagstaff

90.32%

Native Born

5.10%

Foreign Born

2.60%

Non Citizen

2.51%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

90.32% of Flagstaff residents were born in the United States, with 43.13% having been born in Arizona. 2.60% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Flagstaff Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Flagstaff Population by Year