These Are The 10 Arizona Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2019

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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our second time ranking the cities in Arizona with 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 2019:

  1. Avondale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Maricopa (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Goodyear (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Eloy (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. El Mirage (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Phoenix (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Sierra Vista (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Tempe (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Florence (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Douglas (Photos | Homes For Sale)

Avondale took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Arizona for 2019. 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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 10.1% 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. Avondale 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.

Avondale, AZ

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Population: 81,590
% African American: 10.08%
# Of African American Residents: 8,228
Percent Change Since 2010: 35.17%
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Maricopa, AZ

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Population: 46,248
% African American: 10.06%
# Of African American Residents: 4,652
Percent Change Since 2010: 113.89%
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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.

Goodyear, AZ

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Population: 74,953
% African American: 8.74%
# Of African American Residents: 6,551
Percent Change Since 2010: 130.83%
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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.

Eloy, AZ

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Population: 17,537
% African American: 8.61%
# Of African American Residents: 1,510
Percent Change Since 2010: 92.11%
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El Mirage, AZ

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Population: 34,400
% African American: 7.99%
# Of African American Residents: 2,750
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.61%
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Phoenix, AZ

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Population: 1,574,421
% African American: 6.58%
# Of African American Residents: 103,590
Percent Change Since 2010: 19.73%
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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.

Sierra Vista, AZ

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Population: 43,585
% African American: 6.5%
# Of African American Residents: 2,833
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.54%
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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.

Tempe, AZ

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Population: 178,339
% African American: 6.21%
# Of African American Residents: 11,074
Percent Change Since 2010: 65.51%
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Tempe, also known as Hayden’s Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.

Florence, AZ

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Population: 26,066
% African American: 6.04%
# Of African American Residents: 1,575
Percent Change Since 2010: -21.64%
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Florence is a town, 61 miles southeast of Phoenix, in Pinal County of Arizona, United States. Florence, which is the county seat of Pinal County, is one of the oldest towns in that county and is regarded as a National Historic District with over 25 buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The population of Florence was 30,770 at the 2015 census.

Douglas, AZ

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Population: 16,576
% African American: 5.98%
# Of African American Residents: 991
Percent Change Since 2010: 109.07%
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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.

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 % African American Population
1 Avondale 10.08% 81,590
2 Maricopa 10.06% 46,248
3 Goodyear 8.74% 74,953
4 Eloy 8.61% 17,537
5 El Mirage 7.99% 34,400
6 Phoenix 6.58% 1,574,421
7 Sierra Vista 6.5% 43,585
8 Tempe 6.21% 178,339
9 Florence 6.04% 26,066
10 Douglas 5.98% 16,576
11 Tolleson 5.94% 7,052
12 Glendale 5.85% 241,543
13 Surprise 5.63% 129,534
14 Chandler 5.02% 245,160
15 Tucson 4.61% 530,905
16 Youn 4.39% 6,625
17 Coolidge 4.37% 12,221
18 Casa Grande 4.23% 52,501
19 Winslow 3.58% 9,517
20 Mesa 3.5% 479,317
21 Sahuarita 3.15% 28,257
22 South Tucson 3.11% 5,624
23 Peoria 2.93% 161,383
24 Yuma 2.9% 93,851
25 Gilbert 2.89% 232,176
26 Guadalupe 2.52% 6,270
27 Queen Creek 2.35% 33,298
28 Safford 2.24% 9,662
29 Flagstaff 2.16% 69,903
30 Marana 2.0% 41,720
31 Bullhead City 1.8% 39,824
32 Oro Valley 1.78% 42,889
33 Scottsdale 1.57% 239,283
34 Litchfield Park 1.46% 5,686
35 Kingman 1.45% 28,855
36 Cottonwood 1.12% 11,634
37 Apache Junction 1.12% 38,452
38 Paradise Valley 0.96% 13,961
39 Globe 0.94% 7,341
40 Bisbee 0.86% 5,261
41 Prescott Valley 0.71% 41,995
42 Holbrook 0.66% 5,005
43 San Luis 0.62% 31,509
44 Nogales 0.52% 20,233
45 Snowflake 0.51% 5,668
46 Prescott 0.5% 41,468
47 Page 0.43% 7,515
48 Fountain Hills 0.42% 24,047
49 Show Low 0.33% 10,860
50 Lake Havasu City 0.31% 53,463
51 Camp Verde 0.23% 11,091
52 Payson 0.17% 15,338
53 Wickenburg 0.1% 6,906
54 Somerton 0.09% 15,508
55 Chino Valley 0.09% 11,155
56 Sedona 0.0% 10,246

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