Glendale is a city located in Maricopa County Arizona. Glendale has a 2023 population of 251,305. Glendale is currently growing at a rate of 0.33% annually and its population has increased by 1.01% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 248,797 in 2020.
The average household income in Glendale is $78,778 with a poverty rate of 17.31%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Glendale is 33.7 years, 32.5 years for males, and 35 years for females.
According to the 2010 United States Census information, the racial makeup of Glendale was 75.54% white, 6% black, 1.7% Native American, 3.9% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 16.95% from other races, and 40% from two or more races. Approximately 35.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
The most-spoken languages in Glendale are English and Spanish. 67.22% of Glendale residents speak only English and 32.78% of residents speak other languages. The most common non-English language in Glendale is Spanish, which is spoken by 24.57% of the population.
In 1910, Glendale had a population of 1,000 people. One hundred years later, Glendale had a population of 226,721. Glendale has had a consistently increasing population since its settlement and has had no periods of a decreasing population.
Glendale’s largest decade of growth was from 1970 to 1980, when the population increased by 168.2% from 36,228 to 97,172. The decade with the smallest amount of growth was 2000 to 2010 when the population increased by 3.6%. From 2010 to 2018, the population is estimated to have grown by 10.6% or about 1.325% per year.
In the late 1800s, William John Murphy built a 40-mile-long canal from Granite Reef to New River for the Arizona Canal Company to bring water to the desert land that is now known as Glendale, Arizona. In 1887, Murphy formed the Arizona Improvement Company to sell the land and water rights south of the canal, the land he referred to as “Glendale.” An 18-mile-long road was built from Phoenix to Peoria to help improve access to Glendale and make it more attractive to settlers.
With the help of a man named Burgess Hadsell, Murphy brought 70 Brethren and River Brethren families to Glendale to form a temperance colony in 1891. The town’s ban on alcoholic beverages continued to attract settlers. The construction of a railroad allowed the town to continue to grow and transport goods and building materials.
The Beet Sugar Factory, built in 1906, played an important role in the growth of Glendale by increasing the number of immigrant and migrant settlers in the city, even though it only lasted until 1913.
On June 18, 1910, Glendale was incorporated and A.W. Bennet becomes the first mayor.
During the 1920s, The Glendale Herald was established and the Chamber of Commerce was founded. In 1930, Glendale became one of the nation’s top produce shippers and the Town of Glendale became the City of Glendale. In 1948, Glendale became the only city in the state of Arizona to have all of its streets paved.
Between 1950 and 2000, Glendale made significant developments, such as opening Glendale Community College and Arizona State University West and building the new Glendale Municipal Airport. In 1981, Sperry (now Honeywell) built Glendale’s first aerospace facility. The Catlin Court Historic Shops District and Arrowhead Towne Center mall both opened in the early 1990s.
In 2006, Glendale’s multi-purpose football stadium, State Farm Stadium, was built. The Superbowl was hosted at State Farm Stadium in 2008 and 2015.
According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Glendale was:
Two or more races
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
Average Family Size
Average Household Size
Rate of Home Ownership
Less Than 9th Grade
9th to 12th Grade
High School Graduate
High School Graduation Rate
The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 86.72%.
The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 34.46%.
Other Indo-European Languages
Asian and Pacific Island Languages
65.86% of Glendale residents speak only English, while 34.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 26.11% of the population.
Overall Poverty Rate
Male Poverty Rate
Female Poverty Rate
The race most likely to be in poverty in Glendale is Islander, with 40.23% below the poverty level.
The race least likely to be in poverty in Glendale is White, with 12.49% below the poverty level.
The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.43%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.13%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.06%.
Overall Marriage Rate
Male Marriage Rate
Female Marriage Rate
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.
Second Gulf War
First Gulf War
World War II
Less Than 9th Grade
High School Graduate
Bachelors or Greater
Veteran Poverty Rate
Veteran Disability Rate
Labor Force Participation
Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.
Born in Glendale
81.83% of Glendale residents were born in the United States, with 43.16% having been born in Arizona. 9.33% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.