100 Biggest Cities In Arizona For 2020

Using the latest Census data, we detail the 100 biggest cities in Arizona. You can all see a comprehensive list of all 210 cities and places in Arizona.

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We all love the biggest cities that the Grand Canyon State has to offer. You know the places like Phoenix and Tucson which make all the headlines.

But there are a bunch of other great large cities in Arizona that don't get as much love.

We're going to change that right now.

Using the most recent Census data, we can tell you about all the places in Arizona with a focus on the biggest. We update the data each year and this is our fourth time doing this.

You can click here to see a full table of the full of the 100 biggest cities in Arizona, along with every other place over 1,000 people big. It is sortable by clicking on the headers.

Read on below to see more on the biggest cities. Or for more reading on places to live in Arizona, check out:

How We Determined The Largest Cities In Arizona

We've been ranking and dissecting cities in the Grand Canyon State for over 4 years now -- making this actually the fourth time we've run the numbers. We always use the best data, the US Census. In this case, that means we are using the 2013-2017 American Community Survey.

It what is probably the most simple analysis we run each year, we ranked every place in Arizona from biggest to smallest. The biggest city this year? That would be Phoenix.

The smallest? Bluewater, although there are places smaller than 1,000 people not listed here, so keep that in mind as we take a look at the top ten.

Phoenix, AZ
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5
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Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population: 1,610,071
Population 2010: 1,450,206
Growth: 11.0%
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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.

Review Of Phoenix by HomeSnacks User

Phoenix is one of the coolest places I've ever visited. There is so much cool stuff to do in the city and nearby.

There's a great mix of indoors and outdoors, with great life and attractions within the city of Phoenix and great wildlife areas nearby.


Tucson, AZ
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4
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Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population: 539,216
Population 2010: 518,457
Growth: 4.0%
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Tucson is a city and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, and home to the University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area was 980,263. The Tucson MSA forms part of the larger Tucson-Nogales combined statistical area, with a total population of 1,010,025 as of the 2010 Census. Tucson is the second-largest populated city in Arizona behind Phoenix, both of which anchor the Arizona Sun Corridor. The city is located 108 miles southeast of Phoenix and 60mi north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Tucson is the 33rd largest city and the 53rd largest metropolitan area in the United States.

Review Of Tucson by HomeSnacks User

Crime in Tucson was fairly limited to various areas throughout the city. As like all other locations, schools, environment, neighborhoods all had their ups and downs. But for the most part, it was a great place to be.

Tucson was great, the weather was perfect, if you can stand dry heat and hot temperatures. Just the atmosphere there was good. You have Phoenix an hour or so away, Vegas, California, all within hours of a drive. Worked on the military base there, and it was a large area, great jobs, great people. Loved going out downtown to the city and going to the various bars, clubs.


Mesa, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
7
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Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Population: 491,194
Population 2010: 439,639
Growth: 11.7%
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Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is a suburb located about 20 miles east of Phoenix. Mesa is the central city of the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. It is bordered by Tempe on the west, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on the north, Chandler and Gilbert on the south along with Queen Creek, and Apache Junction on the east.

Review Of Mesa by HomeSnacks User

The crime rate in my neighborhood is low. The schools are great. And there are plenty to do. There's a water park, laser tag, movies, bowling, and an arcade, not to mention libraries and parks.

Water parks and swimming pools are a great way to keep cool.


Chandler, AZ
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8.5
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Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Population: 248,631
Population 2010: 229,531
Growth: 8.3%
More on Chandler: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chandler is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, and a prominent suburb of the Phoenix, Arizona, Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is bordered to the north and west by Tempe, to the north by Mesa, to the west by Phoenix, to the south by the Gila River Indian Community, and to the east by Gilbert. As of July 2015, the population was 260,828 according to the United States Census Bureau, According to the city's official website, Chandler's Transportation & Development Department estimated the population, as of May 2016, to be 247,328. It also has satellite locations for many technology companies, including Intel and Orbital ATK.

Scottsdale, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
9
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Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Population: 246,026
Population 2010: 218,770
Growth: 12.5%
More on Scottsdale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to the Greater Phoenix Area. Named Scottsdale in 1894 after founder Winfield Scott and incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000, the 2015 population of the city is estimated to be 236,839 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach" and as having "plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene." Its slogan is "The West's Most Western Town."

Glendale, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
6
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Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Population: 245,514
Population 2010: 229,687
Growth: 6.9%
More on Glendale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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.

Review Of Glendale by HomeSnacks User

We looked all around the Phoenix area before selecting Glendale. Close proximity to medical help was a must, as was easy access to shopping, entertainment and outdoor activities. Although we no longer have children in school, good schools were also a priority. To our surprise the church we were interested in, happens to almost be across the street. Having the feeling of space and being near the mountains was important to us as well, during our search. Our neighbors are wonderful and we have a lovely mountain view from our back patio. A quick drive/walk gets one to hiking and other outdoor activities. At this time, it does not feel as congested as other parts of the Phoenix area. City water was also a priority as some of the builders we looked at are subsidizing water costs. Later on that could become an expensive proposition. When asked what is not to like, I am still thinking about it and haven't come up with anything.

Our neighborhood nests up to a mountain and there is this wonderful feeling of openness. Homes and subdivisions around us are all well maintained and attractive. It seems all around there are beautiful views in every direction. On the downside, traffic here is crazy near the 101 access. At first we thought all of the wild, fast and rude drivers were in some of the more well to do areas, where we had vacationed, but it turns out they are out in force everywhere. At least AZ has tried to plan ahead for roads/routes to try to handle the traffic. Some of the large cities in the Midwest pale in comparison on that issue.


Gilbert, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
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Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population: 237,484
Population 2010: 195,046
Growth: 21.8%
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Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, located southeast of Phoenix, within the Phoenix metropolitan area. Once known as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World", Gilbert is currently the most populous incorporated town in the United States. It is the sixth-largest municipality in Arizona, and the fifth-largest in the Metropolitan Phoenix Area.

Tempe, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
7
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Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population: 183,652
Population 2010: 164,147
Growth: 11.9%
More on Tempe: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tempe, also known as Hayden's Ferry during the territorial times of Arizona, is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, with the Census Bureau reporting a 2010 population of 161,719. The city is named after the Vale of Tempe in Greece. Tempe is located in the East Valley section of metropolitan Phoenix; it is bordered by Phoenix and Guadalupe on the west, Scottsdale on the north, Chandler on the south, and Mesa on the east. Tempe is also the location of the main campus of Arizona State University.

Review Of Tempe by HomeSnacks User

There was alot to do here in Tempe. Parks the YMCA and amusement parks nearby. It's a nice beautiful fun city. There are alot of stores nearby and places to go shopping. It's hard to get bored because there is so much to do.

Castles and coasters is a great amusement park to go to. Everything is close by. People are very friendly. There is also beautiful scenery.


Peoria, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
8
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Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population: 164,572
Population 2010: 148,702
Growth: 10.7%
More on Peoria: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Peoria is a city in Maricopa and Yavapai counties in the State of Arizona. Most of the city is located in Maricopa County, while a tiny portion in the north is in Yavapai County. It is a major suburb of Phoenix. According to 2010 Census Bureau releases, the population of the city is 154,065. Peoria is currently the sixth largest city in Arizona for land area, and the ninth largest for population. It was named after Peoria, Illinois. The word "peoria" is a corruption of the Illini word for "prairie fire." It is the spring training home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners who share the Peoria Sports Complex. In July 2008, Money magazine listed Peoria in its Top 100 Places to Live.

Review Of Peoria by HomeSnacks User

The crime was very bad and I did not like it there

The schools were good


Surprise, AZ
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population: 132,904
Population 2010: 103,767
Growth: 28.1%
More on Surprise: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Surprise is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona. The population was 30,848 at the 2000 census; however, rapid expansion has boosted the city's population to 117,517 at the 2010 census, an increase of 281%. As such, it is the second fastest-expanding municipality in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and, between 1990 and 2000, it was the sixth fastest-expanding place among all cities and towns in Arizona.

Review Of Surprise by HomeSnacks User

Like every state, Arizona has its good and its bad areas. Crime wise, I would rate it low, theres not a whole lot of crime that goes on, there is drug addicts and some rude people here, your not going to get shot or mugged, at most youll get flipped off by someone in traffic. The schools are ok at best, Arizona does not have the best schools, but if your wanting to get through school there is not a whole lot of challenges here. There is not a whole lot to do, no famous shopping centers or Arizona only restaurants. If you like the desert then youll love here, if you are expecting something amazing to happen then its definitely not in Arizona.

Honestly nothing stands out here. The only thing arizona is truly known for is the Grand Canyon and the heat. Traffic isnt to bad, nothing like LA or NY, but there is definitely certain times of the day you dont want to be on the road.


Now on to numbers 11-100 Biggest in Arizona

We hope that you find the big city, or really any city, that's right for you. Below is a list of the rest of the biggest cities along with every other place in Arizona.

Have fun snacking around in the Grand Canyon State!

For more reading on Arizona, check out:

Detailed List Of The Biggest Cities In Arizona

Rank City Current Population 2010 Growth
1 Phoenix 1,610,071 1,450,206 11.0%
2 Tucson 539,216 518,457 4.0%
3 Mesa 491,194 439,639 11.7%
4 Chandler 248,631 229,531 8.3%
5 Scottsdale 246,026 218,770 12.5%
6 Glendale 245,514 229,687 6.9%
7 Gilbert 237,484 195,046 21.8%
8 Tempe 183,652 164,147 11.9%
9 Peoria 164,572 148,702 10.7%
10 Surprise 132,904 103,767 28.1%
11 Yuma 95,573 91,179 4.8%
12 San Tan Valley 93,230 64,085 45.5%
13 Avondale 83,392 70,274 18.7%
14 Goodyear 77,476 57,869 33.9%
15 Flagstaff 71,202 63,909 11.4%
16 Casas Adobes 69,615 67,692 2.8%
17 Casa Grande 54,316 43,050 26.2%
18 Lake Havasu City 53,952 52,474 2.8%
19 Catalina Foothills 50,426 52,514 -4.0%
20 Maricopa 47,314 34,809 35.9%
21 Oro Valley 43,815 39,776 10.2%
22 Marana 43,606 31,443 38.7%
23 Sierra Vista 43,550 42,904 1.5%
24 Prescott Valley 43,198 37,280 15.9%
25 Prescott 42,068 39,938 5.3%
26 Bullhead City 40,024 39,925 0.2%
27 Apache Junction 39,674 33,956 16.8%
28 Sun City 39,348 38,339 2.6%
29 Queen Creek 36,053 23,055 56.4%
30 El Mirage 35,004 27,922 25.4%
31 San Luis 32,279 23,829 35.5%
32 Drexel Heights 29,514 28,886 2.2%
33 Fortuna Foothills 29,485 27,427 7.5%
34 Kingman 29,244 27,790 5.2%
35 Sahuarita 28,949 21,607 34.0%
36 Florence 26,350 23,616 11.6%
37 Sun City West 25,444 25,796 -1.4%
38 Fountain Hills 24,490 22,506 8.8%
39 Anthem 22,570 19,828 13.8%
40 Green Valley 21,723 21,403 1.5%
41 Nogales 20,288 20,972 -3.3%
42 Rio Rico 19,601 19,270 1.7%
43 Eloy 18,083 15,125 19.6%
44 Douglas 16,453 17,285 -4.8%
45 Sierra Vista Southeast 16,021 15,297 4.7%
46 Somerton 15,932 13,230 20.4%
47 Tanque Verde 15,860 16,714 -5.1%
48 New River 15,808 11,710 35.0%
49 Payson 15,439 15,026 2.7%
50 Flowing Wells 15,290 16,142 -5.3%
51 Fort Mohave 15,228 14,422 5.6%
52 Sun Lakes 14,582 13,505 8.0%
53 Paradise Valley 14,215 13,198 7.7%
54 New Kingman-Butler 13,471 14,500 -7.1%
55 Coolidge 12,503 10,817 15.6%
56 Verde Village 12,473 12,952 -3.7%
57 Vail 12,044 9,238 30.4%
58 Valencia West 11,919 9,153 30.2%
59 Cottonwood 11,826 11,280 4.8%
60 Arizona City 11,761 5,396 118.0%
61 Tucson Estates 11,758 12,106 -2.9%
62 Chino Valley 11,376 10,661 6.7%
63 Camp Verde 11,169 10,922 2.3%
64 Gold Canyon 11,038 11,157 -1.1%
65 Show Low 11,014 10,320 6.7%
66 Saddlebrooke 10,530 9,005 16.9%
67 Sedona 10,315 10,307 0.1%
68 Safford 9,735 9,356 4.1%
69 Winslow 9,505 9,736 -2.4%
70 Picture Rocks 9,452 8,380 12.8%
71 Golden Valley 8,673 8,405 3.2%
72 Tuba City 8,662 8,888 -2.5%
73 Corona De Tucson 8,326 4,555 82.8%
74 Catalina 7,635 8,200 -6.9%
75 Page 7,547 7,199 4.8%
76 Globe 7,346 7,557 -2.8%
77 Tolleson 7,184 6,386 12.5%
78 Wickenburg 7,021 6,517 7.7%
79 Youn 6,747 5,684 18.7%
80 Guadalupe 6,405 5,577 14.8%
81 Village Of Oak Creek (Big Park) 6,057 6,523 -7.1%
82 Avra Valley 5,966 6,689 -10.8%
83 Litchfield Park 5,899 5,271 11.9%
84 Snowflake 5,724 5,461 4.8%
85 South Tucson 5,666 5,673 -0.1%
86 Cave Creek 5,569 4,911 13.4%
87 Rincon Valley 5,469 4,298 27.2%
88 Chinle 5,378 4,322 24.4%
89 Doney Park 5,352 6,370 -16.0%
90 Williamson 5,297 5,509 -3.8%
91 Bisbee 5,231 5,715 -8.5%
92 Lake Montezuma 5,212 4,112 26.8%
93 Three Points 5,161 5,176 -0.3%
94 Holbrook 5,037 5,100 -1.2%
95 Citrus Park 5,033 3,727 35.0%
96 Thatcher 5,030 4,667 7.8%
97 Summit 5,027 3,637 38.2%
98 Kayenta 4,889 4,668 4.7%
99 Benson 4,884 5,056 -3.4%
100 Eagar 4,875 4,682 4.1%
101 Colorado City 4,825 4,722 2.2%
102 Paulden 4,559 4,333 5.2%
103 Pinetop-Lakeside 4,330 4,215 2.7%
104 Clarkdale 4,258 4,098 3.9%
105 San Carlos 4,247 5,523 -23.1%
106 Fort Defiance 4,209 4,349 -3.2%
107 Whiteriver 4,185 3,908 7.1%
108 Taylor 4,170 4,010 4.0%
109 Dewey-Humboldt 4,026 3,936 2.3%
110 Oracle 3,920 3,228 21.4%
111 San Manuel 3,753 4,377 -14.3%
112 Carefree 3,749 3,341 12.2%
113 Avenue B And C 3,708 3,817 -2.9%
114 Quartzsite 3,707 3,653 1.5%
115 Clifton 3,691 3,140 17.5%
116 Lake Of The Woods 3,671 4,294 -14.5%
117 Willcox 3,549 3,767 -5.8%
118 St. Johns 3,500 3,454 1.3%
119 Swift Trail Junction 3,292 2,124 55.0%
120 Ajo 3,279 3,206 2.3%
121 Cornville 3,192 2,830 12.8%
122 Black Canyon City 3,172 2,499 26.9%
123 Williams 3,152 2,999 5.1%
124 Parker 3,121 3,173 -1.6%
125 Superior 3,018 2,799 7.8%
126 Wellton 2,994 2,730 9.7%
127 Window Rock 2,952 3,612 -18.3%
128 Linden 2,848 2,890 -1.5%
129 Central Heights-Midland City 2,838 2,714 4.6%
130 Sells 2,749 2,272 21.0%
131 Desert Hills 2,703 1,805 49.8%
132 Mohave Valley 2,674 2,261 18.3%
133 White Mountain Lake 2,605 1,866 39.6%
134 Kachina Village 2,581 3,154 -18.2%
135 Heber-Overgaard 2,542 2,800 -9.2%
136 Pima 2,507 2,415 3.8%
137 Cordes Lakes 2,410 2,531 -4.8%
138 Huachuca City 2,275 1,913 18.9%
139 Kearny 2,263 2,090 8.3%
140 Cibecue 2,187 1,483 47.5%
141 Dolan Springs 2,180 1,655 31.7%
142 Whetstone 2,146 2,442 -12.1%
143 Valle Vista 2,132 1,887 13.0%
144 Grand Canyon Village 2,130 1,193 78.5%
145 Rio Verde 2,107 1,757 19.9%
146 Mayer 2,101 944 122.6%
147 Miami 2,084 2,114 -1.4%
148 Sacaton 2,051 3,580 -42.7%
149 First Mesa 1,981 1,961 1.0%
150 Springerville 1,946 2,663 -26.9%
151 Star Valley 1,907 2,403 -20.6%
152 Cienega Springs 1,882 2,869 -34.4%
153 Mammoth 1,856 1,099 68.9%
154 Bagdad 1,814 1,956 -7.3%
155 Scenic 1,792 657 172.8%
156 North Fork 1,787 1,755 1.8%
157 Gila Bend 1,782 1,646 8.3%
158 Mescal 1,760 1,345 30.9%
159 Second Mesa 1,736 1,120 55.0%
160 Pine 1,727 2,133 -19.0%
161 Bylas 1,719 1,563 10.0%
162 Peridot 1,643 1,114 47.5%
163 Spring Valley 1,636 1,241 31.8%
164 Pinetop Country Club 1,634 2,507 -34.8%
165 Wagon Wheel 1,602 2,284 -29.9%
166 Lechee 1,589 1,611 -1.4%
167 Pirtleville 1,572 1,264 24.4%
168 Blackwater 1,566 520 201.2%
169 Joseph City 1,557 1,477 5.4%
170 Fort Valley 1,549 1,166 32.8%
171 Beaver Dam 1,547 1,104 40.1%
172 Congress 1,540 1,575 -2.2%
173 Tonto Basin 1,540 847 81.8%
174 Kaibito 1,522 1,838 -17.2%
175 Morenci 1,510 2,091 -27.8%
176 Canyon Day 1,466 398 268.3%
177 Lukachukai 1,430 1,790 -20.1%
178 Parks 1,392 900 54.7%
179 Cactus Flats 1,378 1,515 -9.0%
180 Tombstone 1,375 1,307 5.2%
181 Peach Springs 1,333 617 116.0%
182 St. David 1,332 1,808 -26.3%
183 Leupp 1,314 1,076 22.1%
184 Moenkopi 1,300 654 98.8%
185 Tsaile 1,296 885 46.4%
186 Arizona Village 1,288 1,083 18.9%
187 Many Farms 1,288 1,719 -25.1%
188 Claypool 1,278 1,920 -33.4%
189 Donovan Estates 1,276 1,486 -14.1%
190 Centennial Park 1,236 831 48.7%
191 Arivaca Junction 1,233 1,145 7.7%
192 Tubac 1,230 685 79.6%
193 St. Michaels 1,218 950 28.2%
194 Dilkon 1,215 1,465 -17.1%
195 Salome 1,215 1,100 10.5%
196 Ak-Chin Village 1,185 903 31.2%
197 Aguila 1,164 528 120.5%
198 Komatke 1,156 1,124 2.8%
199 Shongopovi 1,102 1,316 -16.3%
200 Hotevilla-Bacavi 1,102 996 10.6%
201 Bouse 1,078 825 30.7%
202 Cameron 1,077 1,177 -8.5%
203 Fredonia 1,069 1,167 -8.4%
204 Six Shooter Canyon 1,065 1,030 3.4%
205 Golden Shores 1,064 2,236 -52.4%
206 Casa Blanca 1,044 1,300 -19.7%
207 Ganado 1,035 1,383 -25.2%
208 Hondah 1,034 359 188.0%
209 Rainbow City 1,008 1,290 -21.9%
210 Bluewater 1,004 951 5.6%

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