Scottsdale, Arizona Population 2023

248,555

Scottsdale is a city located in Maricopa County Arizona. With a 2023 population of 248,555, it is the 7th largest city in Arizona and the 95th largest city in the United States.Scottsdale is currently growing at a rate of 0.97% annually and its population has increased by 2.98% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 241,361 in 2020. Spanning over 184 miles, Scottsdale has a population density of 1,351 people per square mile.

The average household income in Scottsdale is $132,835 with a poverty rate of 7.64%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Scottsdale is 47.7 years, 45.9 years for males, and 49.2 years for females.

Scottsdale is a city located in the state of Arizona. It is located in Maricopa County and is known as “The West’s Most Western Town.” Scottsdale was only incorporated as a city in 1951 and since that time has seen substantial growth. The city is known for its thriving nightlife and social scene, once compared to Miami’s South Beach area.

Scottsdale Population Statistics

Scottsdale is a religiously diverse city, even though most of the residents practice Christian faiths. However, as the population continues to grow, so do the different observed religions. There are many different religious communities located within the city, including but not limited to Jewish, Hindy, Buddhist, and Sikh.

Most of the workforce of Scottsdale work in the tourism industry. It has one of the highest numbers of AAA Five-Diamond hotels and resorts in the country and is home to many renowned spas and resorts including the Four Seasons Scottsdale and Canyon Suites. The city’s climate, as well as retail facilities, dining, nightlife, and attractions, are what lure in visitors. There are many top employers within the city, including Honor Health, CVS Health, Scottsdale Unified School District, Vanguard and the City of Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Population Growth

Scottsdale has seen incredible population growth throughout its history. Most notably, the city’s population grew a whopping 576.5% between the 1960 and 1970 censuses. By the time of the 1990 census, the city’s population had grown to over 100,000. At the next census in 2000, the population had increased to over 200,000. Most recent estimates show that the population has already risen over 13% since the last estimate taken in 2010, indicating that this thriving city still has lots of growing to do well into the future.

The area that is now known as the city of Scottsdale has a long history dating back as far as 300 BC. During this time, it was inhabited by the Hohokam. One of the most exciting things about the area’s early history is that the ancient civilizations created a series of irrigation canals. What’s so interesting is that many of these were updated and are still in use today. The city was originally a village known as Vasai S-vasoni before it became Scottsdale.

It was during the 1880s that a US Army Chaplain selected the area as having great potential for agricultural ventures. The man, Winfield Scott, purchased over 600 acres. This man, along with his brother George Washington Scott were the first residents of the town of Orangedale, as it was known at the time. The city’s name was changed in 1894, named for Winfield Scott. It wasn’t until 1951 that Scottsdale was incorporated as a city.

In the late 1800s, a public school system was established. The town also gained a post office and a general store during its earliest days. The early 1900s saw expansion in both growth and population with the development of the Granite Reef and Roosevelt dams. Scottsdale was thriving. The economy boomed with the production of cotton during World War II. However, once government contracts ended, the boom came to an end.

During the Great Depression, many architects and artists made their way to Scottsdale. Population only continued to grow throughout the 1900s as the city continued to expand. Planned communities were built during the 1970s through 1990s. Because Scottsdale was growing at such a rapid rate, residents raised concerns about losing their beautiful scenery. A tax was imposed to purchase 36,000 acres that will preserve the southwestern landscape.

Today, Scottsdale’s economy is centered on the tourism industry, which employs 39% of the workforce. The city has multiple spas, has a thriving aviation industry, and has attracted many companies that have set up headquarters in the area, including Cold Stone Creamery, Discount Tire, Fender and GoDaddy.

Scottsdale Demographics

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

  • White: 86.55%
  • Asian: 5.17%
  • Two or more races: 3.71%
  • Black or African American: 2.07%
  • Other race: 1.55%
  • Native American: 0.82%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
The current population of Scottsdale, Arizona is 248,555 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 241,361.

Scottsdale, Arizona Population 2023

Scottsdale Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

White

Asian

Two or more races

Black or African American

Other race

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Scottsdale Population by Race

Scottsdale Population Pyramid 2023

Scottsdale Median Age

47.7

Total

45.9

Male

49.2

Female

Scottsdale Adults

There are 216,393 adults, (62,286 of whom are seniors) in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Age Dependency

65.5

Age Dependency Ratio

40.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25

Child Dependency Ratio

Scottsdale Sex Ratio

Female130,39951.14%
Male124,59648.86%

Scottsdale Population by Age

Scottsdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

2.77

Average Family Size

2.15

Average Household Size

66.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Scottsdale Households and Families

Male

Female

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Scottsdale Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Scottsdale Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

The highest rate of high school graduation is among islander people with a rate of 90.15%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 74.07%.

Scottsdale Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

$59,452

Average Earnings

$75,525

Average Male

$49,915

Average Female

Scottsdale Earnings by Educational Attainment

Scottsdale Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Scottsdale Language

87.15% of Scottsdale residents speak only English, while 12.85% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.5% of the population.

Scottsdale Language

Scottsdale Poverty by Race

rate

7.64%

Overall Poverty Rate

6.09%

Male Poverty Rate

7.38%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Scottsdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Scottsdale is Black, with 24.96% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Scottsdale is Asian, with 5.09% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.16%. Among those working part-time, it was 9.65%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 11.07%.

Scottsdale Poverty

Scottsdale Poverty Rate by Education

Scottsdale Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Scottsdale Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Scottsdale Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

50.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

52.2%

Male Marriage Rate

49.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Scottsdale Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Scottsdale 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 55-64.

Scottsdale Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Scottsdale Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

14,446

Number of Veterans

13,507

Male Veterans

939

Female Veterans

Scottsdale Veterans by War

Scottsdale Veterans by Age

count

Scottsdale Veterans by Race

Scottsdale Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

5.24%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.17%

Veteran Disability Rate

Scottsdale Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

61.9%

Labor Force Participation

59.7%

Employment Rate

3.4%

Unemployment Rate

Scottsdale Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Scottsdale Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Scottsdale 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

24.35%

Born in Scottsdale

92.63%

Native Born

13.02%

Foreign Born

5.53%

Non Citizen

7.49%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.63% of Scottsdale residents were born in the United States, with 24.35% having been born in Arizona. 5.53% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Scottsdale Place of Birth

Note: data after 2020 is projected based on recent growth

Scottsdale Population by Year