Phoenix is the biggest city by population in the state of Arizona with population over 1.6 million, which accounts for 23.2% of the state population. It also ranks the 5th most populated city in US after New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. It is the capital city of state Arizona. It is also known as “Valley of the Sun” and “The Valley”.
Based on our research, Phoenix population will reach 1.74 million by 1st July of 2020. We use first day of July each year due to US census bureau normally publishes the estimated population data for the same period. The calculation is based on the average growth rate of 1.90% over last 9 years since 2011. We believe using the recent years’ figures (see the table in next section) will make the estimation more accurate.
Population Growth of Phoenix
Looking back last 9 years of Phoenix’s population, the growth rate is strong and consistent ranging from 1.18% to 2.53%, adding around 18,000 to 39,000 people each year to the overall population. Lots of workers were moving to Phoenix to take advantage of employment opportunities there, which contributes to the population growth. Comparing with other cities in Arizona, Phoenix growth rate is aligned with the state average.
Demographics of Phenix
According to U.S. Census Bureau, the population is almost equally split between men and women. 50.2 percent of the Phoenix population is male and 49.8 percent are female. Average male age is 31 and average female age is 33, so average resident age is 32. Approximately 10.9% of the resident are over 62.
The top five races for people living in Phoenix are: White(65.9%),Black(6.5%),Asian(3.2%),Native(2.6%),two or more races(1.7%).
The top five languages (other than English) spoken in Phoenix are: Spanish (30.6%), Asian (2.1%), Indo-European (2.5%), and other languages (1.4%). Spanish dominates the non-English speaking Language due to Latin American immigrant population.
The religious makeup of Phoenix is: 66% of the population of the city identified themselves as Christians, while 26% claimed no religious affiliation. The same study says that other religions (including Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism) collectively make up about 7% of the population.
Population Density of Phenix
Phoenix’s population density is 3,119 people per square kilometer, which is one of the most densely populated major city in US.
Facts About Phenix
- According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes.
- More than 22 million people visit metropolitan Phoenix each year.
- Greater Phoenix consistently ranks among the nation’s top cities in the number of Five Diamond and Four Diamond and Five Star and Four Star resorts.
- The city averaged a four percent annual population growth rate over a 40-year period from the mid-1960s to the mid-2000s.
- Phoenix is considered to have one of the best culinary scenes in the country.
- Phoenix is the cultural center of the Valley of the Sun, as well as the entire state.
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, dubbed America’s Friendliest Airport, is the main airport for the Greater Phoenix area.
- Greater Phoenix is home to more than 200 golf courses.
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