Scottsdale, Arizona Population 2021

265,249
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Scottsdale is a city located in Arizona. With a 2020 population of 265,249, it is the 5th largest city in Arizona (after , , , and ) and the 82nd largest city in the United States. Scottsdale is currently growing at a rate of 1.37% annually and its population has increased by 22.02% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 217,385 in 2010. Scottsdale reached it's highest population of 265,249 in 2021. Spanning over 184 miles, Scottsdale has a population density of 1,442 people per square mile.

The average household income in Scottsdale is $132,835 with a poverty rate of 7.62%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,365 per month, and the median house value is $475,300. The median age in Scottsdale is 47.7 years, 45.7 years for males, and 49.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 97.2 males.

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: 88.11%
  • Asian: 4.87%
  • Two or more races: 2.34%
  • Other race: 1.90%
  • Black or African American: 1.82%
  • Native American: 0.84%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.12%
The current population of Scottsdale, Arizona is 265,249, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 254,479.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 217,385.

Scottsdale, Arizona Population 2021

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

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20215,146,19098,9901.92%
20205,047,20099,0001.96%
20194,948,20098,9902.00%
20184,849,21090,4601.87%
20174,758,75085,4101.79%
20164,673,34094,8202.03%
20154,578,52089,5501.96%
20144,488,97085,8501.91%
20134,403,12073,3601.67%
20124,329,76076,7201.77%
20114,253,04048,8401.15%
20104,204,2000.00%

Scottsdale Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White220,80688.11%
Asian12,2074.87%
Two or More Races5,8562.34%
Some Other Race4,7711.90%
Black or African American4,5541.82%
American Indian and Alaska Native2,1170.84%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander2910.12%
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Scottsdale Population by Race

Scottsdale Population Pyramid 2021

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Scottsdale Median Age

47.7


Total

45.7


Male

49.4


Female

Scottsdale Adults

There are 211,721 adults, (60,869 of whom are seniors) in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Age Dependency

66.1

Age Dependency Ratio

40.4

Old Age Dependency Ratio

25.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Scottsdale Sex Ratio

Female

127,064

50.70%

Male

123,538

49.30%

Scottsdale Population by Age

Scottsdale Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Scottsdale Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83%17%
All66.2%33.8%
Male56.3%43.7%
Non Family52.2%47.8%
Female52.2%47.8%

66.2%

Rate of Home Ownership

Scottsdale Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All115,4012.1666.2
Married52,2312.7983
Non Family51,6561.352.2
Female7,6723.0852.2
Male3,8423.256.3

2.81

Average Family Size

2.16

Average Household Size

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Scottsdale Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,1411.61%
9th to 12th Grade3,2911.69%
High School Graduate24,68912.65%
Some College36,53818.71%
Associates Degree13,5436.94%
Bachelors Degree68,63535.15%
Graduate Degree45,41023.26%
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Scottsdale Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Scottsdale Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White163,504160,40897,633
Hispanic15,80812,9616,106
Asian9,0048,7567,311
Black3,2503,1711,413
Other Race3,1051,950928
Multiple Races2,8922,8361,503
Native American1,4961,321246
Islander215215

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

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 81.20%.

Scottsdale Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$57,826$70,934$48,448
Less Than High School$21,700$23,024$20,625
High School Grad$35,809$41,893$28,555
Some College$42,988$50,391$37,300
Bachelors Degree$68,780$84,148$54,879
Graduate Degree$85,879$110,698$70,489

$57,826

Average Earnings

$70,934

Average Male

$48,448

Average Female

Scottsdale Earnings by Educational Attainment

Scottsdale Language by Age

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Scottsdale Language

86.78% of Scottsdale residents speak only English, while 13.22% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.76% of the population.

Scottsdale Language

Scottsdale Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White200,56412,0175.99%
Hispanic25,3874,89319.27%
Other4,7442,14745.26%
Asian12,1957105.82%
Multiple5,85662610.69%
Black4,45850211.26%
Native2,05329914.56%

7.62%

Overall Poverty Rate

7.03%

Male Poverty Rate

8.20%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Scottsdale

The race most likely to be in poverty in Scottsdale is Other, with 45.26% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Scottsdale is Asian, with 5.82% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.34%. Among those working part-time, it was 11.46%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 11.88%.

Scottsdale Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School30.09%
High School9.67%
Some College7.69%
Bachelors or Greater3.70%

Scottsdale Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Male Unemployed21.50%
Female Unemployed19.85%
Female Employed4.92%
Male Employed3.43%

Scottsdale Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Scottsdale Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$88,213$132,835
Families$117,302$169,021
Married Families$132,848$186,418
Non Families$59,640$86,408
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Income by Household Type

Scottsdale Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

50.5%

Overall Marriage Rate

51.6%

Male Marriage Rate

49.4%

Female Marriage Rate

Scottsdale Married by Age and Sex

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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

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Scottsdale Marital Status

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15,907

Number of Veterans

14,825

Male Veterans

1,082

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam6,045
Korea1,988
First Gulf War1,925
Second Gulf War1,836
World War II890

Scottsdale Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
75+6,272
65 to 744,307
35 to 542,275
55 to 642,092
18 to 34961

Scottsdale Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White15,1037.99%
Hispanic7263.89%
Black2677.22%
2 or More2276.56%
Indian1478.38%
Asian910.93%
Other722.02%

Scottsdale Veterans by Race

Scottsdale Veterans by Education

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4.25%

Veteran Poverty Rate

27.24%

Veteran Disability Rate

Scottsdale Veterans by Education

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62.2%

Labor Force Participation

60.1%

Employment Rate

3.3%

Unemployment Rate

Scottsdale Employment by Age

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Scottsdale Employment by Race

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Scottsdale 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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23.82%

Born in Arizona

88.03%

Native Born

11.97%

Foreign Born

5.24%

Non Citizen

6.73%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

88.03% of Scottsdale residents were born in the United States, with 23.82% having been born in Arizona. 5.24% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Scottsdale Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021265,2493,5901.37%
2020261,6593,5901.39%
2019258,0693,5901.41%
2018254,4793,0831.23%
2017251,3963,4431.39%
2016247,9536,8802.85%
2015241,0737,1243.05%
2014233,9495,0622.21%
2013228,8873,6961.64%
2012225,1914,3751.98%
2011220,8163,1781.46%
2010217,63814,9330.71%
2000202,70572,6364.54%
1990130,06941,4473.91%
198088,62220,7992.71%
197067,82357,79721.07%
196010,0269,32614.24%
19407000.00%

Scottsdale Population by Year