Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area, centered by the city of Phoenix, is often referred to as the Valley of the Sun, the Salt River Valley or Metro Phoenix.

The greater Phoenix metropolitan area is comprised of Maricopa and Pinal counties, and is 14,857 square miles in size. It is the largest metropolitan area in the state of Arizona, and one of the largest in all of the United States. It is currently estimated that approximately 67%of the population of the entire state of Arizona live in the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area.

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Total Population: 4,574,531

(An increase of 9.1 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 634,080
  • Language Spoken at Home - 1,056,471

14.4% of Total Population are Foreign Born and 25.8% of Total Population Speak another language other than English at Home.

[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • Over 16 million people visit Metropolitan Phoenix each year, and 8 out of 10 tourists say that they plan on returning.

  • Over half of the population of the state of Arizona live in the greater Phoenix metro area.

  • South Mountain Park and Preserve in Phoenix is considered North America's largest municipal park covering over 16,500 acres.

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the ten busiest airports in all of the United States serving over 42 million passengers annually, both domestically and internationally.

  • Phoenix has the 5th largest land area among major cities in the United States.

  • Phoenix is the most populated capital in the country.

  • The population growth of the Phoenix metro area has been consistently around 4% for the past 40 years, and this trend is expected to continue on into the future.

  • Hispanics comprise approximately 41% of the city's overall population with around 1.5 million people and it is estimated there will be an additional 13% increase by 2019.

  • There are 23 Native American reservations in the greater Phoenix area representing 21 different tribes.

  • Phoenix has the largest Navajo Indian population in the country at over 11,000 people.


Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ Metro Area is one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country. The population in 2000 was approximately 3.25 million, and has now reached almost 4.4 million which is a 35% increase of that time period. It is estimated that by 2030 the population will reach upwards of 7.1 million, which would represent a 118% total population increaseover that period of time. With a consistent rise in foreign-born population, the immigrant population in Phoenix could more than double in the next 20 years.

Phoenix is a largely diversified city with immigrants from all over the world gathering there. It has one of the countries largest foreign-born populations, and the number of immigrants that come per year is steadily increasing. The greater Phoenix area is one of the fastest growing large MSA's in the country, and the foreign-born population has grown at a similar pace. Phoenix would not be the city it is today without the influence from the immigrants that have settled there.

The Phoenix MSA boasts one of the largest Hispanic populations in the country. The largest Hispanic people group is from Mexico, and the Mexican population in Phoenix is one of the largest in the country as well. Due to the many American Indian reservations in the state of Arizona, Phoenix also has one of the largest Native American populations, and the largest Navajo populations in the United States. With Significant Asian and European presences as well, Phoenix is a melting pot of ethnic diversity.

People Group Highlights

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StatusPG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
NavahoUnited StatesAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesEthnic Religions - Other / Marginal25,600
Zapotec, Tlacolula ValleyMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic50
Otomi, ValleyMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic200
CubanCubaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic3,240
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity1,482
SalvadoranEl SalvadorAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal6,421
HonduranHondurasAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic2,494
ArgentineArgentinaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,871
BrazilianBrazilAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Other / Marginal1,433
ColombianColombiaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic3,885
EcuadorianEcuadorAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic1,306
PeruvianPeruAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic2,459
VenezuelanVenezuelaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic4,320
YaquiMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity2,625
Detribalized AmerindianUnited StatesAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity43,724
MaricopaUnited StatesAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesEthnic Religions900
PersianIranCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam - Other / Marginal4,798
Meskhetian TurkGeorgiaCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam - Sunni250
AfghanAfghanistanCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam951
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesChristianity - Protestant8,324
Chinese, MandarinChinaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesBuddhism11,400
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox9,465
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox2,270
RussianRussiaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Orthodox4,933
PolePolandEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic4,775

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Ethnic Links

Phoenix Indian Center- A website with information on the Native American culture in and around Phoenix.

20 Best Ethnic Restaurants in Phoenix- A list of the best ethnic restaurants in the city if Phoenix.

Refugees in Phoenix- A website that gives information on refugees in the greater Phoenix area, as well as offers opportunities to volunteer.