These Are The 10 Arizona Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Arizona have the largest African American population.

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The Black community is one of the fastest growing communities in America this decade.

There are now 42 million people who identify as Black or African American living in America, making up 12% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Black population in Arizona is 270,045 – at 4.0% of the total population of Arizona.

The percentage growth of Blacks in America is the third largest percentage change for any race according to the Census’s race and ethnicity definition. As most scholars and historians agree, an increase in the diversity in America is a good thing.

We agree.

But how has the increase in the black population impacted Arizona? Which cities and towns in Arizona have seen the greatest increase in its Black population?

We broke down the most recent census data to determine the cities in Arizona with the largest African American population in 2018:

  1. Maricopa (Photos)
  2. Avondale (Photos)
  3. Goodyear (Photos)
  4. Eloy (Photos)
  5. El Mirage (Photos)
  6. Douglas (Photos)
  7. Sierra Vista (Photos)
  8. Phoenix (Photos)
  9. Surprise (Photos)
  10. Glendale (Photos)

Maricopa took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Arizona for 2018. See if it ranked as one of the most african american cities in America.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Arizona ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Black, check out the best places to live in Arizona or the most diverse places in Arizona.

How We Determined The Cities In Arizona With The Largest Black Population For 2018

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Arizona.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2012-2016 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as Black or African American.

We limited our analysis to non-CDPs with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 56 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are Black or African American. The percentages ranked from 10.6% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of Black population with a higher score being more Black than a lower score. Maricopa took the distinction of being the most Black, while Sedona was the least African American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Arizona ranked by population of African American residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

1. Maricopa

Maricopa, Arizona

Population: 45,473
% African American: 10.59%
# Of African American Residents: 4,814
Percent Change Since 2010: 121.33%
More on Maricopa: Data | Jobs

Maricopa is a city in the Gila River Valley in the State of Arizona. With an estimated 48,602 residents as of 2015, Maricopa is the second most populous incorporated city in Pinal County and eighteenth most populous in Arizona. Maricopa forms part of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

2. Avondale

Avondale, Arizona

Population: 80,631
% African American: 10.37%
# Of African American Residents: 8,359
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.33%
More on Avondale: Data | Jobs

3. Goodyear

Goodyear, Arizona

Population: 72,629
% African American: 9.3%
# Of African American Residents: 6,756
Percent Change Since 2010: 138.05%
More on Goodyear: Data | Jobs

Goodyear is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is a suburb of Phoenix and is in the Phoenix metropolitan area. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 65,275. Goodyear was the third fastest-growing place among all cities and towns in Arizona of any size between 1990 and 2000. The July 1, 2015, MAG population estimate was 79,003.

4. Eloy

Eloy, Arizona

Population: 17,128
% African American: 7.5%
# Of African American Residents: 1,284
Percent Change Since 2010: 63.36%
More on Eloy: Data | Jobs

5. El Mirage

El Mirage, Arizona

Population: 33,937
% African American: 7.36%
# Of African American Residents: 2,497
Percent Change Since 2010: 25.86%
More on El Mirage: Data | Jobs

6. Douglas

Douglas, Arizona

Population: 16,764
% African American: 6.93%
# Of African American Residents: 1,162
Percent Change Since 2010: 145.15%
More on Douglas: Data | Jobs

Douglas is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States that lies in the north-west to south-east running San Bernardino Valley within which runs the Rio San Bernardino. Douglas has a border crossing with Mexico at Agua Prieta and a history of mining.

7. Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista, Arizona

Source: Public domain

Population: 44,381
% African American: 6.88%
# Of African American Residents: 3,052
Percent Change Since 2010: 3.92%
More on Sierra Vista: Data | Jobs

Sierra Vista is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. As of the 2010 census the population of the city was 43,888. The city is part of the Sierra Vista-Douglas Metropolitan Area, with a 2010 population of 131,346. Fort Huachuca, a U.S. Army post, is located in the northwest part of the city.

8. Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona

Source: Public domain

Population: 1,555,324
% African American: 6.47%
# Of African American Residents: 100,591
Percent Change Since 2010: 16.26%
More on Phoenix: Data | Jobs

Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Arizona. With 1,615,017 people, Phoenix is the fifth most populous city nationwide, the most populous state capital in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.

9. Surprise

Surprise, Arizona

Population: 127,492
% African American: 5.98%
# Of African American Residents: 7,623
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.96%
More on Surprise: Data | Jobs

Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. The population was 30,848 at the 2000 census; however, rapid expansion has boosted the city’s population to 117,517 at the 2010 census, an increase of 281%. As such, it is the second fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and, between 1990 and 2000, it was the sixth fastest-expanding place among all cities and towns in Arizona.

10. Glendale

Glendale, Arizona

Population: 239,943
% African American: 5.86%
# Of African American Residents: 14,064
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.44%
More on Glendale: Data | Jobs

Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located about nine miles northwest from Downtown Phoenix. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 226,721.

There You Have It – Black Populations Across Arizona

If you’re looking for a breakdown of African American populations across Arizona according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least African American places in Arizona:

  1. Sedona
  2. Chino Valley
  3. Somerton

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Arizona

Rank City Population % African American
1 Maricopa 45,473 10.59%
2 Avondale 80,631 10.37%
3 Goodyear 72,629 9.3%
4 Eloy 17,128 7.5%
5 El Mirage 33,937 7.36%
6 Douglas 16,764 6.93%
7 Sierra Vista 44,381 6.88%
8 Phoenix 1,555,324 6.47%
9 Surprise 127,492 5.98%
10 Glendale 239,943 5.86%
11 Tempe 174,708 5.68%
12 Florence 26,221 5.19%
13 Chandler 242,131 4.62%
14 Casa Grande 51,571 4.61%
15 Tucson 527,586 4.6%
16 Coolidge 12,073 4.56%
17 Winslow 9,539 4.08%
18 Youn 6,563 3.93%
19 Tolleson 6,985 3.87%
20 Mesa 470,456 3.35%
21 Sahuarita 27,780 3.33%
22 Peoria 158,677 3.1%
23 Guadalupe 6,172 3.09%
24 South Tucson 5,627 3.02%
25 Gilbert 226,832 2.89%
26 Yuma 93,704 2.84%
27 Queen Creek 30,849 2.45%
28 Flagstaff 69,270 2.23%
29 Fountain Hills 23,863 2.06%
30 Marana 40,221 1.94%
31 Cottonwood 11,598 1.76%
32 Scottsdale 234,495 1.6%
33 Globe 7,369 1.49%
34 Litchfield Park 5,449 1.41%
35 Safford 9,616 1.33%
36 Oro Valley 42,379 1.33%
37 Bullhead City 39,653 1.32%
38 Apache Junction 37,775 1.2%
39 Kingman 28,586 1.15%
40 San Luis 31,118 1.0%
41 Bisbee 5,330 0.88%
42 Prescott Valley 41,070 0.69%
43 Prescott 41,090 0.69%
44 Holbrook 5,011 0.6%
45 Snowflake 5,643 0.53%
46 Paradise Valley 13,833 0.41%
47 Page 7,532 0.31%
48 Nogales 20,355 0.29%
49 Show Low 10,875 0.27%
50 Lake Havasu City 53,058 0.25%
51 Wickenburg 6,766 0.19%
52 Payson 15,297 0.19%
53 Camp Verde 11,096 0.15%
54 Somerton 14,866 0.09%
55 Chino Valley 11,015 0.08%
56 Sedona 10,209 0.0%

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