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Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona is the 15th most populous and the 6th largest (113,594 square miles) of the 50 states and capital district in the US. Its capital city is Phoenix (see the image below). Majority of occupations in Arizona is management and professional (32.90%), followed by sales and office (27.20%). American Indian or Alaska Native is the second largest race in this state after White.

State Stats and Facts

  1. Arizona is often referred to as the Apache State, Valentine State, Copper State and Grand Canyon State
  2. Arizona has one of the lowest number of people living in the same house for 1 year or more (80.40% whereas USA median 84.80%)
  3. Arizona has one of the highest number of sales and office occupations (27.20% compared to USA median 25.50%)

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Total population compared to the USA
Population distribution by race or ethnicity
Female vs male population
Education, home ownership and poverty rate
Land area, population density and life expectancy
Unemployment rate and occupation types
Business ownerships
Production and sales per business sector

Population Charts

Data from 2013 shows Arizona population was 6,626,624 which ranks the 15th of the 50 United States and capital district. The most populous city in Arizona is Phoenix. In this part, you’ll learn various state profiles on population by race, age and gender.


Total population compared to the USA

Between April 1, 2010 and July 1, 2013, net population change is 3.70%. This is higher than national average, which is 2.40%. Arizona population represents only 2.10% of the USA’s whole population as pictured in the following chart.

Arizona total population compared to the USA

Population distribution by race or age

Census 2013 shows the following 5 races or ethnicities representing population in Arizona (sortedin descending order):

  • White ancestry 84.00%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native 5.30%
  • Black or African American 4.60%
  • Asian ethnicity 3.20%
  • Others (two or more races) 2.60%
  • Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander 0.30%

The following chart compares Arizona population distribution to national average:

Comparison of Arizona population distribution by rate or ethnicity to USA average

According to Census QuickFacts 2013, 6.50% of Arizona population are under 5 years old, 24.40% are under 18 years and 15.40% are 65 years or older. Furthermore 26.90% of Arizona population (over the age of 5) speak language other than English at home, which is higher than the US average of 20.50%.

Female vs male population

Female population in 2013 is 50.30% which is slightly more than male population. Arizona female population number ranks the 34th nation-wide. USA’s average female population is 50.80% whereas male population average is 49.20%.  The following chart shows comparison of female and male population between Arizona and the USA.

Female and male population in Arizona vs USA average

Demographics Charts

In this section, you’ll find a collection of statistical profiles on education, property ownerships, poverty, land area, population density and life expectancy.  For analysis purposes, each state data is compared to national average.  Data is sourced from last census.

Education, home ownership and poverty rate

In the chart below, you’ll find:

  • Rate of high school graduates is 85.40%, this is lower than national average of 85.70%
  • Rate of bachelor’s degree is 26.60% which is lower than national average of 28.50%
  • Home ownership rate is 65.50%, equal to US median
  • People who live below poverty rate is 17.20%, this is higher than national median of 14.90%

Data is obtained from Census 2008-2012.

Comparison of Arizona Education, Home Ownership and Poverty to USA average

Land area, population density and life expectancy

Featured on the table below is:

  • Land area is 3.22% of total land area
  • Arizona has less population density than the USA average (56.3 people per square mile vs 87.4)
  • Life expectancy in Arizona is higher by .78 years than national average

Data is based on Census 2010.

Arizona land area, population density & life expectancy
Demographic Attribute Arizona USA
Land area (square miles) 113,594.08 3,531,905.43
Population density (people per square mile) 56.3 87.4
Life expectancy (years) 79.6 78.9

Unemployment rate and occupation types

Arizona unemployment rate (May 2013 to June 2014) is 6.80% (higher than national average). Minimum wage in Arizona is $7.90 per hour, which ranks the 16th highest among the states.  The table and chart below show various occupation types based on data obtained from 2010.

Occupation types in Arizona based on Census 2010
Occupation Arizona USA
Management or professional-related job 32.90% 34.90%
Service-related job 19.10% 17.10%
Sales and office job 27.20% 25.50%
Farming, fishing, and forestry 0.40% 0.70%
Construction, extraction, maintenance and repair 11.20% 9.30%
Production, transportation and material moving 9.10% 12.50%
Comparison of Arizona Occupation Types to USA Average

Regarding travel time to work, workers in Arizona usually took less time than US average. Data from American Community Survey shows travel time in Arizona was 24.6 minutes on average, whereas national average was 25.4 minutes. Average travel time is obtained by calculating time required to get from home to work each day during the week.

Business ownerships

Latest census business data shows:

  • Black-owned firms 2.00%, lower than national average of 7.10%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native-owned firms 1.90%, higher than national median of 0.90%
  • Asian-owned firms 3.30%, lower than US average of 5.70%
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander-owned firms S, higher than the country’s average of 0.10%
  • Hispanic-owned firms 10.70%, higher than national average of 8.30%
  • Women-owned firms 28.10%, lower than US median of 28.80%

For comparison purpose, the following chart includes data from US average.

Comparison of Business Ownership Percentage to USA Average

Production and sales

The following table and chart show manufacturers production shipments and sales figures per business sector. These highlight which specific business area Arizona is strong at.

Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures
Description Arizona USA
Manufacturers shipments ($1000) 57,977,827 5,319,456,312
Merchant wholesaler sales ($1000) 57,573,459 4,174,286,516
Retail sales ($1000) 86,758,801 3,917,663,456
Accommodation and food services ($1000) 13,268,514 613,795,732
Arizona Manufacturers Production Shipments and Sales Figures

Retail spending per person is $13,637.00, which is higher than US average of $12,990.00. In 2012, number of building permits issued in Arizona was 21,726.
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