Payson, Arizona Population 2021

16,093
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Payson is a city located in Gila County Arizona. With a 2020 population of 16,093, it is the 37th largest city in Arizona and the 2216th largest city in the United States . Payson is currently growing at a rate of 0.88% annually and its population has increased by 5.18% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 15,301 in 2010. Payson reached it's highest population of 16,093 in 2021. Spanning over 19 miles, Payson has a population density of 832 people per square mile.

The average household income in Payson is $68,076 with a poverty rate of 10.77%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $966 per month, and the median house value is $236,300. The median age in Payson is 60 years, 59.4 years for males, and 60.6 years for females.

Payson Demographics

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

  • White: 89.66%
  • Native American: 3.65%
  • Other race: 2.68%
  • Asian: 1.61%
  • Two or more races: 1.58%
  • Black or African American: 0.82%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Payson, Arizona is 16,093 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 15,673.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 15,301.

Payson, Arizona Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
202154,4522170.40%
202054,2352170.40%
201954,0182170.40%
201853,8012230.41%
201753,5782220.41%
201653,3563780.71%
201552,978-66-0.12%
201453,044390.07%
201353,005110.02%
201252,994-446-0.84%
201153,440-121-0.23%
201053,5610.00%

Payson Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White13,93789.66%
American Indian and Alaska Native5673.65%
Some Other Race4172.68%
Asian2501.61%
Two or More Races2461.58%
Black or African American1280.82%
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Payson Population by Race

Payson Population Pyramid $2021

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Payson Median Age

60


Total

59.4


Male

60.6


Female

Payson Adults

There are 13,479 adults, (5,763 of whom are seniors) in Payson.

Payson Age Dependency

101.5

Age Dependency Ratio

74.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

26.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Payson Sex Ratio

Female

8,258

53.12%

Male

7,287

46.88%

Payson Population by Age

Payson Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Payson Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married88%12%
Male85.6%14.4%
All78.8%21.2%
Non Family70.2%29.8%
Female51.8%48.2%

78.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

Payson Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All7,0022.1778.8
Married3,8642.5288
Non Family2,4121.270.2
Female5873.5751.8
Male1393.5885.6

2.62

Average Family Size

2.17

Average Household Size

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Payson Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3582.79%
9th to 12th Grade5944.64%
High School Graduate3,16224.67%
Some College4,22332.95%
Associates Degree1,1939.31%
Bachelors Degree2,07516.19%
Graduate Degree1,2109.44%
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Payson Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Payson Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White11,25210,7083,158
Hispanic66441257
Native American4463737
2+ Races21616143
Other Race2018220
Asian17917920
Black10243

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among white people with a rate of 28.07%.

Payson Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,133$35,810$27,222
Less Than 9th Grade$37,241$42,727$
High School Graduate$26,250$30,504$25,056
Some College$27,437$30,576$25,669
Bachelors Degree$42,669$60,048$39,798
Graduate Degree$100,481$115,000$

$31,133

Average Earnings

$35,810

Average Male

$27,222

Average Female

Payson Earnings by Educational Attainment

Payson Language by Age

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Payson Language

89.63% of Payson residents speak only English, while 10.37% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 6.22% of the population.

Payson Language

Payson Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White13,0641,41910.86%
Multiple2467831.71%
Black1126860.71%
Hispanic1,124564.98%
Native503428.35%
Other41751.20%

10.77%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.44%

Male Poverty Rate

10.18%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Payson

The race most likely to be in poverty in Payson is Black, with 60.71% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Payson is Other, with 1.20% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.71%. Among those working part-time, it was 6.96%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 15.03%.

Payson Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade31.68%
High School11.89%
Some College8.03%
Bachelors or Greater5.84%

Payson Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Unemployed36.19%
Female Unemployed17.44%
Male Employed4.61%
Female Employed3.91%

Payson Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Payson Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$51,280$68,076
Families$60,143$78,849
Married Families$65,762-
Non Families$32,312$45,134
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Income by Household Type

Payson Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

59.9%

Overall Marriage Rate

65.4%

Male Marriage Rate

55.1%

Female Marriage Rate

Payson Married by Age and Sex

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Payson Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 35-44, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Payson Marital Status by Race

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Payson Marital Status

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1,681

Number of Veterans

1,571

Male Veterans

110

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam854
Korea284
First Gulf War127
World War II92
Second Gulf War61

Payson Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+696
65 to 74641
55 to 64208
35 to 54136
18 to 34

Payson Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,60113.11%
2+ Races6026.55%
Hispanic597.20%
Black1312.75%
Native American71.52%

Payson Veterans by Race

Payson Veterans by Education

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7.67%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.41%

Veteran Disability Rate

Payson Veterans by Education

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44.5%

Labor Force Participation

42.1%

Employment Rate

4.9%

Unemployment Rate

Payson Employment by Age

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Payson Employment by Race

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Payson 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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33.08%

Born in Payson

94.96%

Native Born

5.04%

Foreign Born

2.05%

Non Citizen

2.99%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.96% of Payson residents were born in the United States, with 33.08% having been born in Arizona. 2.05% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Payson Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202116,0931400.88%
202015,9531400.89%
201915,8131400.89%
201815,6731310.84%
201715,5421200.78%
201615,4221631.07%
201515,259150.10%
201415,244370.24%
201315,207520.34%
201215,155-93-0.61%
201115,248-71-0.46%
201015,3191,6991.18%
200013,6205,2434.98%
19908,3773,3095.15%
19805,0680.00%

Payson Population by Year