Arizona Cities With The Largest Black Population For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 286,614 – at 4.1% 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 2020:

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

What’s the blackest city in Arizona? Maricopa took the number one over all spot for the largest Black population in Arizona for 2020. 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 2020

Maricopa, AZ

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/10

Population: 47,314
% African American: 10.95%
# Of African American Residents: 5,181
Percent Change Since 2010: 138.21%
More on Maricopa: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Avondale, AZ

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6
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Population: 83,392
% African American: 9.8%
# Of African American Residents: 8,173
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.27%
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Tolleson, AZ

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6
/10

Population: 7,184
% African American: 9.79%
# Of African American Residents: 703
Percent Change Since 2010: 67.78%
More on Tolleson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Tolleson is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 6,545.

El Mirage, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,004
% African American: 8.35%
# Of African American Residents: 2,923
Percent Change Since 2010: 47.33%
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Goodyear, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 77,476
% African American: 8.33%
# Of African American Residents: 6,451
Percent Change Since 2010: 127.31%
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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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1
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Population: 18,083
% African American: 7.94%
# Of African American Residents: 1,435
Percent Change Since 2010: 82.57%
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Sierra Vista, AZ

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Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 43,550
% African American: 6.9%
# Of African American Residents: 3,004
Percent Change Since 2010: 2.28%
More on Sierra Vista: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Florence, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 26,350
% African American: 6.89%
# Of African American Residents: 1,815
Percent Change Since 2010: -9.7%
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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.

Phoenix, AZ

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 1,610,071
% African American: 6.55%
# Of African American Residents: 105,439
Percent Change Since 2010: 21.87%
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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.

Glendale, AZ

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 245,514
% African American: 6.53%
# Of African American Residents: 16,023
Percent Change Since 2010: 24.68%
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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.

How We Determined The Cities In Arizona With The Largest Black Population For 2020

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 2014-2018 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 11.0% 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 10.95% 47,314
2 Avondale 9.8% 83,392
3 Tolleson 9.79% 7,184
4 El Mirage 8.35% 35,004
5 Goodyear 8.33% 77,476
6 Eloy 7.94% 18,083
7 Sierra Vista 6.9% 43,550
8 Florence 6.89% 26,350
9 Phoenix 6.55% 1,610,071
10 Glendale 6.53% 245,514
11 Coolidge 6.45% 12,503
12 Tempe 6.17% 183,652
13 Surprise 5.77% 132,904
14 Chandler 5.07% 248,631
15 Tucson 4.69% 539,216
16 Douglas 4.56% 16,453
17 Youn 4.52% 6,747
18 Winslow 3.65% 9,505
19 Mesa 3.61% 491,194
20 Gilbert 3.45% 237,484
21 South Tucson 3.23% 5,666
22 Casa Grande 3.11% 54,316
23 Peoria 3.09% 164,572
24 Yuma 2.7% 95,573
25 Sahuarita 2.65% 28,949
26 Safford 2.6% 9,735
27 Guadalupe 2.58% 6,405
28 Queen Creek 2.35% 36,053
29 Marana 2.27% 43,606
30 Flagstaff 2.06% 71,202
31 Oro Valley 1.8% 43,815
32 Kingman 1.76% 29,244
33 Scottsdale 1.74% 246,026
34 Bullhead City 1.55% 40,024
35 Litchfield Park 1.31% 5,899
36 Apache Junction 1.09% 39,674
37 Bisbee 1.01% 5,231
38 Holbrook 1.01% 5,037
39 Cottonwood 0.91% 11,826
40 Payson 0.89% 15,439
41 Paradise Valley 0.87% 14,215
42 Prescott Valley 0.65% 43,198
43 Globe 0.64% 7,346
44 Prescott 0.52% 42,068
45 Page 0.5% 7,547
46 Nogales 0.49% 20,288
47 Show Low 0.46% 11,014
48 San Luis 0.41% 32,279
49 Sedona 0.37% 10,315
50 Camp Verde 0.32% 11,169
51 Lake Havasu City 0.32% 53,952
52 Fountain Hills 0.18% 24,490
53 Chino Valley 0.12% 11,376
54 Snowflake 0.0% 5,724
55 Wickenburg 0.0% 7,021
56 Somerton 0.0% 15,932

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