The 10 Arizona Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2022


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 305,973 - at 4.3% 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 2022:

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

What's the blackest city in Arizona? Maricopa took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Arizona for 2022. 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 2022

1. Maricopa

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Population: 50,358
% African American: 13.2%
# Of African American Residents: 6,646
Percent Change Since 2010: 205.56%
More on Maricopa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maricopa, AZ

2. Tolleson

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Population: 7,340
% African American: 9.84%
# Of African American Residents: 722
Percent Change Since 2010: 72.32%
More on Tolleson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tolleson, AZ

3. Avondale

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Population: 86,091
% African American: 9.79%
# Of African American Residents: 8,430
Percent Change Since 2010: 38.49%
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Avondale, AZ

4. Florence

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Population: 26,777
% African American: 9.46%
# Of African American Residents: 2,534
Percent Change Since 2010: 26.07%
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Florence, AZ

5. Eloy

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Population: 18,306
% African American: 8.64%
# Of African American Residents: 1,582
Percent Change Since 2010: 101.27%
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Eloy, AZ

6. El Mirage

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Population: 35,702
% African American: 8.42%
# Of African American Residents: 3,007
Percent Change Since 2010: 51.56%
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El Mirage, AZ

7. Coolidge

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Population: 13,016
% African American: 8.07%
# Of African American Residents: 1,051
Percent Change Since 2010: -3.4%
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Coolidge, AZ

8. Tempe

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Population: 191,607
% African American: 7.96%
# Of African American Residents: 15,247
Percent Change Since 2010: 127.87%
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Tempe, AZ

9. Sierra Vista

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Population: 43,756
% African American: 7.41%
# Of African American Residents: 3,244
Percent Change Since 2010: 10.45%
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Sierra Vista, AZ

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10. Goodyear

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Population: 83,519
% African American: 6.94%
# Of African American Residents: 5,797
Percent Change Since 2010: 104.26%
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Goodyear, AZ

Methodology: How We Determined The Cities In Arizona With The Largest Black Population For 2022

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 2016-2020 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 13.2% 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 Guadalupe 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.

Summary: 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. Guadalupe
  2. Somerton
  3. Show Low

For more Arizona reading, check out:

African American Population By City In Arizona

Rank City % African American Population
1 Maricopa 13.2% 50,358
2 Tolleson 9.84% 7,340
3 Avondale 9.79% 86,091
4 Florence 9.46% 26,777
5 Eloy 8.64% 18,306
6 El Mirage 8.42% 35,702
7 Coolidge 8.07% 13,016
8 Tempe 7.96% 191,607
9 Sierra Vista 7.41% 43,756
10 Goodyear 6.94% 83,519
11 Glendale 6.91% 250,290
12 Phoenix 6.72% 1,658,422
13 Holbrook 5.42% 5,073
14 Chandler 5.31% 257,076
15 Surprise 5.06% 139,007
16 Tucson 4.55% 545,340
17 Youn 4.27% 6,837
18 South Tucson 4.22% 5,692
19 Mesa 4.19% 508,918
20 Winslow 4.17% 9,505
21 Gilbert 3.83% 248,349
22 Douglas 3.77% 16,292
23 Marana 3.36% 47,164
24 Queen Creek 3.36% 52,162
25 Peoria 2.84% 172,109
26 Casa Grande 2.69% 57,318
27 Sahuarita 2.48% 30,679
28 Safford 2.47% 9,707
29 Globe 2.45% 7,351
30 Yuma 2.3% 97,428
31 Apache Junction 2.11% 41,863
32 Page 2.08% 7,551
33 Scottsdale 2.05% 254,995
34 Oro Valley 1.88% 45,303
35 Flagstaff 1.86% 73,319
36 San Luis 1.65% 33,875
37 Fountain Hills 1.65% 25,167
38 Kingman 1.59% 30,433
39 Bullhead City 1.37% 40,808
40 Litchfield Park 0.87% 6,228
41 Paradise Valley 0.8% 14,502
42 Payson 0.73% 15,708
43 Prescott Valley 0.66% 45,592
44 Bisbee 0.62% 5,199
45 Nogales 0.61% 20,182
46 Cottonwood 0.56% 12,228
47 Prescott 0.55% 43,463
48 Camp Verde 0.55% 11,241
49 Lake Havasu City 0.34% 55,463
50 Chino Valley 0.31% 11,362
51 Snowflake 0.24% 5,873
52 Sedona 0.21% 10,341
53 Wickenburg 0.12% 7,708
54 Show Low 0.11% 11,280
55 Somerton 0.0% 16,301
56 Guadalupe 0.0% 6,572

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Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the cities in Arizona with the largest African American population.

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