|The landscape of Arizona.|
Arizona is the sixth largest U.S state by land area. It is found in the southwestern part of the country. It is one of the four corner states, which is surrounded by Mexico, California, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico. It is the fourteenth most populous state in the country with over 7,016,270 inhabitants.
Population Growth In Arizona
Arizona experienced a 3.6% population growth from 2008 to 2009 to reach 6.343 million people and an increase of about 20.2% since 2000. The growth from 2000 included the natural increase of 297,928 Americans (266,134 deaths and 564,062 births) and the growth due to migration into Arizona was about 745,944 people. Immigration from other countries produced growth of 204,661 while people migrating from other states increased the population of Arizona by 541,282. Currently, Arizona is the eighth fastest growing state in the nation with a population growth of 9.77% from 2010 to 2017.
Ethnic Composition Of Arizona
According to the survey conducted by the Census Bureau from 2005 to 2007, over 76.4% of the people were white Americans, 3.4% were African Americans, and 4.5% were Native Americans. About 3.3% of the people living in Arizona are Asian Americans. The Latinos and Hispanics made up about 29% of the residents in the state. Arizona has the third highest number of Native Americans in the country of about 286,680 which is about 10% of the United States total native population. The only states with more Native Americans are Oklahoma and California.
The largest ancestry groups of the people living in Arizona include Native Americans (4.5%), Irish (10.9%), English (10.3%), German (16.5%), and Mexicans (25.8%).
Over 72.9% of the people living in Arizona aged five and above spoke English as their primary language by 2010. 20.8% of the population spoke Spanish, Navajo (1.48%), Chinese (0.39%), German (0.39%), and Tagalog (0.33%) among others. Over 27.1% of the residents aged five and older spoke their mother tongues other than English. The state is home to the largest number of Native American languages speakers of all the 48 conterminous states in the country. Apache County in Arizona has the highest number of people who can converse in the Native American Indian dialects in the country.
By Geoffrey Migiro
•culled from www.worldatlas.com