The 10 Arizona Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2021


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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the cities in Arizona with the largest African American population.

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 297,107 - at 4.2% 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 2021:

  1. Maricopa
  2. Avondale
  3. El Mirage
  4. Coolidge
  5. Goodyear
  6. Tolleson
  7. Eloy
  8. Florence
  9. Sierra Vista
  10. Phoenix

What's the blackest city in Arizona? Maricopa took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in arizona for 2021. 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.

The 10 Blackest Cities In Arizona For 2021

1. Maricopa

Maricopa, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 48,629
% African American: 11.65%
# Of African American Residents: 5,665
Percent Change Since 2010: 160.46%
More on Maricopa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

2. Avondale

Avondale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 84,736
% African American: 10.24%
# Of African American Residents: 8,675
Percent Change Since 2010: 42.52%
More on Avondale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

3. El Mirage

El Mirage, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,333
% African American: 7.94%
# Of African American Residents: 2,806
Percent Change Since 2010: 41.43%
More on El Mirage: Real Estate | Data | Photos

4. Coolidge

Coolidge, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,685
% African American: 7.75%
# Of African American Residents: 983
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.65%
More on Coolidge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

5. Goodyear

Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 80,371
% African American: 7.45%
# Of African American Residents: 5,990
Percent Change Since 2010: 111.06%
More on Goodyear: Real Estate | Data | Photos

6. Tolleson

Tolleson, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,246
% African American: 7.37%
# Of African American Residents: 534
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.45%
More on Tolleson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

7. Eloy

Eloy, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 18,666
% African American: 7.12%
# Of African American Residents: 1,329
Percent Change Since 2010: 69.08%
More on Eloy: Real Estate | Data | Photos

8. Florence

Florence, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 26,420
% African American: 6.92%
# Of African American Residents: 1,829
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.0%
More on Florence: Real Estate | Data | Photos

9. Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 43,398
% African American: 6.91%
# Of African American Residents: 2,997
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.04%
More on Sierra Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

10. Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,633,017
% African American: 6.73%
# Of African American Residents: 109,955
Percent Change Since 2010: 27.09%
More on Phoenix: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Cities In arizona With The Largest Black Population For 2021

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 2015-2019 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 11.6% 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 Somerton was the least African American city. You can download the data here.

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.

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. Somerton
  2. Wickenburg
  3. Snowflake

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most African American Cities In Arizona

Rank City % African American Population
1 Maricopa 11.65% 48,629
2 Avondale 10.24% 84,736
3 El Mirage 7.94% 35,333
4 Coolidge 7.75% 12,685
5 Goodyear 7.45% 80,371
6 Tolleson 7.37% 7,246
7 Eloy 7.12% 18,666
8 Florence 6.92% 26,420
9 Sierra Vista 6.91% 43,398
10 Phoenix 6.73% 1,633,017
11 Tempe 6.53% 187,454
12 Glendale 6.32% 247,813
13 Surprise 6.1% 135,450
14 Chandler 5.37% 252,692
15 Douglas 5.12% 16,307
16 Tucson 4.77% 541,482
17 Youn 4.76% 6,802
18 Mesa 3.97% 499,720
19 Winslow 3.94% 9,476
20 Gilbert 3.74% 243,254
21 Safford 3.44% 9,749
22 Casa Grande 2.85% 55,653
23 Peoria 2.76% 168,196
24 South Tucson 2.72% 5,667
25 Marana 2.69% 45,279
26 Yuma 2.65% 96,349
27 Holbrook 2.6% 5,037
28 Queen Creek 2.48% 43,129
29 Sahuarita 2.33% 29,905
30 Kingman 1.96% 29,726
31 Flagstaff 1.8% 72,402
32 Oro Valley 1.77% 44,630
33 Scottsdale 1.77% 250,602
34 Globe 1.65% 7,348
35 Bullhead City 1.54% 40,252
36 Apache Junction 1.12% 40,592
37 Litchfield Park 0.87% 6,073
38 Paradise Valley 0.75% 14,362
39 Cottonwood 0.74% 11,959
40 Payson 0.74% 15,545
41 Bisbee 0.71% 5,203
42 Prescott Valley 0.68% 44,311
43 Guadalupe 0.65% 6,482
44 Page 0.62% 7,531
45 Prescott 0.55% 42,785
46 Camp Verde 0.48% 11,196
47 Nogales 0.46% 20,201
48 Sedona 0.38% 10,322
49 Show Low 0.37% 11,130
50 Fountain Hills 0.36% 24,729
51 San Luis 0.35% 32,985
52 Chino Valley 0.33% 11,670
53 Lake Havasu City 0.32% 54,495
54 Snowflake 0.15% 5,811
55 Wickenburg 0.0% 7,495
56 Somerton 0.0% 16,146

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About Chris Kolmar

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