Demographic Information for Phoenix AZ

We’re understandably proud of our city – a primary cultural, economic, and financial center in the State of Arizona. When comparing size, it is the second largest city in the Western United States after Los Angeles and the fifth largest city in the United States by population. Phoenix is also the largest state capital in the United States in terms of population. The city was incorporated on February 25, 1881. Phoenix and the surrounding area is home to a broad range of cultural activities including the performing arts, museums, and events.

Phoenix is located geographically in a valley, and the metro area is often referred to as the Valley or, "The Valley of the Sun" due to our 300 days per year of sunshine. The Phoenix Metro Area as of 2018 recorded 4,857,962 million people, but that number has grown and is pushing 5 million at this point. At one point over 200 people were moving into the area every day, both for the warm climate and job opportunities.

Phoenix is located in Maricopa County, which contains over half of the entire State of Arizona population and is the countries 4th largest county by population and covers 9,224 square miles, one of the largest counties in the United States.

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City Population: 1,660,272 people live in the City of Phoenix as of 2018 Census

Metro Area Population: 4,857,962 people as of 2018 Census

Median age: 36.9 (and growing due to the influx of seniors choosing the area for their retirment)

Age Distribution:
Under 9 years: 12% 617,039
10 to 19 years: 13.7% 664,070
20 to 29 years: 14% 679,824
30 to 39 years: 13.6% 662,585
40 to 49 years: 12.8% 616,637
50 to 59 years: 11.9% 577,980
60 to 69 years: 10.6% 512,467
70 to 79 years: 7.2% 351,537
80+ years: 3.6% 172,823

Gender Distribution:

Male: 50%
Female: 50%

Households and families

In 2018 there were 1,730,400 households in the Phoenix Metro Area with an average household size of 2.8 people.

Married-couples were at 49% while 51% were single.


26.9 percent of the population spoke a language other than English at home in 2018. Of those speaking a language other than English at home, adults 18+ 19.7 percent spoke Spanish.

Geographic mobility

In 2018, 83 percent of the Phoenix Metro Area population lived in the same residence they occupied a year earlier; 11 percent had moved during the past year from another residence in the same county, 1 percent from another county in the same state, 4 percent from another state, and 1 percent from abroad.


In 2018, 88 percent of people had at least graduated from high school and 31.9 percent had a bachelor's degree or higher.

Veteran Status

7.9% of the Phoenix Metro Area are Veterans.


The Phoenix Metro Area ranks 5th in the nation for economic growth. Manufacturing and tourism are the two largest industries. Roughly 10 Million people visit from other states and Canada every year, many affectionatly known as "Snow Birds". The Grand Canyon located in Northern Arizona draws people from around the world, many of which fly in to the Phoenix Airport, Phoenix Sky Harbor before making the trip North on I17. Technology and Service industries account for nearly 77% of total employment.

Phoenix Sky Harbor


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The median income of households in the Phoenix Metro area was $64,427 and breaks down as follows...
38% of household income is below $50K per year
33% between $50 and $100K
22% between $100K and $200K
7% over $200K



12.2 percent of the Phoenix Metropopulation was in poverty in 2018. 18 percent of children under 18 were below the poverty level, and 8 percent of Seniors (65+).

Phoenix AZ Climate

300 days of sunshine per year make this a beautiful place to call home. December is on average the coolest month with a high of 66 degrees farenheight (I know not very cold!), and an average low of 45 degrees. July is the warmest month with an average high of 106 and low of 84 degrees. Record high was 122, record low was 16 degrees. We get less than 9" of precipitation per year, as rain, not snow.
Phoenix Sunset


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