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 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.

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.

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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.

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1. Maricopa

Maricopa, Arizona

Population: 45,473
% African American: 10.59%
# Of African American Residents: 4,814
Percent Change Since 2010: 121.33%

2. Avondale

Avondale, Arizona

Population: 80,631
% African American: 10.37%
# Of African American Residents: 8,359
Percent Change Since 2010: 37.33%

3. Goodyear

Goodyear, Arizona

Population: 72,629
% African American: 9.3%
# Of African American Residents: 6,756
Percent Change Since 2010: 138.05%

4. Eloy

Eloy, Arizona

Population: 17,128
% African American: 7.5%
# Of African American Residents: 1,284
Percent Change Since 2010: 63.36%

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%

6. Douglas

Douglas, Arizona

Population: 16,764
% African American: 6.93%
# Of African American Residents: 1,162
Percent Change Since 2010: 145.15%

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%

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%

9. Surprise

Surprise, Arizona

Population: 127,492
% African American: 5.98%
# Of African American Residents: 7,623
Percent Change Since 2010: 70.96%

10. Glendale

Glendale, Arizona

Population: 239,943
% African American: 5.86%
# Of African American Residents: 14,064
Percent Change Since 2010: 9.44%

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

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

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