Glendale, Arizona Population 2021

257,233
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Glendale is a city located in Arizona. With a 2020 population of 257,233, it is the 7th largest city in Arizona and the 88th largest city in the United States. Glendale is currently growing at a rate of 0.95% annually and its population has increased by 13.46% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 226,721 in 2010. Glendale reached it's highest population of 257,233 in 2021. Spanning over 62 miles, Glendale has a population density of 4,176 people per square mile.

The average household income in Glendale is $72,113 with a poverty rate of 18.21%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $997 per month, and the median house value is $214,700. The median age in Glendale is 34.2 years, 33 years for males, and 35.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.8 males.

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.

Glendale Population Growth

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.

Glendale Demographics

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

  • White: 77.15%
  • Black or African American: 6.77%
  • Other race: 6.16%
  • Asian: 4.25%
  • Two or more races: 3.87%
  • Native American: 1.64%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.18%
The current population of Glendale, Arizona is 257,233, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 249,955.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 226,721.

Glendale, Arizona Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White191,18777.15%
Black or African American16,7696.77%
Some Other Race15,2606.16%
Asian10,5264.25%
Two or More Races9,5803.87%
American Indian and Alaska Native4,0521.64%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander4390.18%
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Glendale Population by Race

Glendale Population Pyramid 2021

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Glendale Median Age

34.2


Total

33


Male

35.4


Female

Glendale Adults

There are 184,570 adults, (28,966 of whom are seniors) in Glendale.

Glendale Age Dependency

59.3

Age Dependency Ratio

18.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

40.6

Child Dependency Ratio

Glendale Sex Ratio

Female

125,313

50.57%

Male

122,500

49.43%

Glendale Population by Age

Glendale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Glendale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married72.5%27.5%
All55.4%44.6%
Male46.8%53.2%
Non Family42.8%57.2%
Female39.5%60.5%

55.4%

Rate of Home Ownership

Glendale Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All82,8102.9555.4
Married35,8903.6572.5
Non Family27,4971.3142.8
Female13,1953.9539.5
Male6,2283.9746.8

3.59

Average Family Size

2.95

Average Household Size

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Glendale Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade12,8118.09%
9th to 12th Grade14,0318.86%
High School Graduate44,62528.17%
Some College38,64824.39%
Associates Degree14,2338.98%
Bachelors Degree21,78213.75%
Graduate Degree12,3077.77%
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Glendale Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Glendale Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White87,82881,21323,045
Hispanic48,52231,0764,528
Black9,9728,8721,867
Other Race8,3615,354959
Asian7,6356,2873,659
Multiple Races3,7793,347705
Native American2,2962,000406
Islander27924129

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 92.47%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 47.92%.

Glendale Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$36,072$40,438$31,595
Less Than High School$26,027$30,196$20,523
High School Grad$29,950$32,374$25,700
Some College$37,417$42,814$32,107
Bachelors Degree$50,082$55,081$45,269
Graduate Degree$61,183$69,813$52,963

$36,072

Average Earnings

$40,438

Average Male

$31,595

Average Female

Glendale Earnings by Educational Attainment

Glendale Language by Age

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Glendale Language

66.22% of Glendale residents speak only English, while 33.78% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 25.52% of the population.

Glendale Language

Glendale Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Hispanic94,05523,93925.45%
White115,03913,76711.97%
Black16,4224,24625.86%
Other15,1362,76918.29%
Multiple9,3911,35314.41%
Asian10,3641,25812.14%
Native3,9931,19129.83%
Islander37011831.89%

18.21%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.87%

Male Poverty Rate

19.52%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Glendale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Glendale is Islander, with 31.89% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Glendale is White, with 11.97% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 4.88%. Among those working part-time, it was 18.12%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.41%.

Glendale Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School27.33%
High School17.06%
Some College10.96%
Bachelors or Greater7.60%

Glendale Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed35.07%
Male Unemployed28.99%
Female Employed9.20%
Male Employed7.36%

Glendale Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Glendale Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$55,020$72,113
Families$64,212$81,090
Married Families$82,500$98,249
Non Families$32,467$47,565
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Income by Household Type

Glendale Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

41.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

42.9%

Male Marriage Rate

40.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Glendale Married by Age and Sex

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Glendale 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 45-54.

Glendale Marital Status by Race

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Glendale Marital Status

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13,621

Number of Veterans

12,278

Male Veterans

1,343

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam4,712
Second Gulf War3,139
First Gulf War3,093
Korea802
World War II282

Glendale Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 543,500
65 to 743,133
55 to 642,678
75+2,477
18 to 341,833

Glendale Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White11,3177.84%
Hispanic1,9923.32%
Black1,1589.89%
Other3833.70%
2 or More3496.99%
Asian2633.02%
Indian1043.47%
Hawaiian4716.85%

Glendale Veterans by Race

Glendale Veterans by Education

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6.58%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.88%

Veteran Disability Rate

Glendale Veterans by Education

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64.3%

Labor Force Participation

60%

Employment Rate

5.8%

Unemployment Rate

Glendale Employment by Age

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Glendale Employment by Race

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Glendale Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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42.87%

Born in Arizona

82.63%

Native Born

17.37%

Foreign Born

10.14%

Non Citizen

7.23%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

82.63% of Glendale residents were born in the United States, with 42.87% having been born in Arizona. 10.14% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Glendale Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021257,2332,4260.95%
2020254,8072,4260.96%
2019252,3812,4260.97%
2018249,9552,1710.88%
2017247,7841,8810.76%
2016245,9032,8001.15%
2015243,1033,1391.31%
2014239,9643,0951.31%
2013236,8693,2811.40%
2012233,5884,2841.87%
2011229,3043,0681.36%
2010226,2367,4240.33%
2000218,81270,6783.98%
1990148,13450,9624.31%
198097,17260,94410.37%
197036,22820,3358.59%
196015,8937,7146.87%
19508,1793,3245.35%
19404,8551,1902.85%
19303,6659282.96%
19202,7370.00%

Glendale Population by Year