Population & Housing

Approximately 60 percent of Arizona’s Population lives in the Greater Phoenix region. With a population of 3.8 million, the region remains one of the top growth areas in the nation, growing nearly 25 percent during the 2000 to 2010 decade. While many think of the Phoenix region as a great place to retire, it also has a large working-age population. In fact, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, the median age for the region is just 34.6, much lower than the 37.2 median age for the nation. View the Demographics and Diversity sections to see details about the region’s population by age, race/ethnicity, educational attainment, and more.


Housing has traditionally been a growing industry in the Greater Phoenix region and affordability remains one of the region’s many assets. According to the 2011 American Community Survey three-year estimates, the median home value for owner-occupied units was $181,600. Construction of new homes may have slowed over the past few years due to the national economy, but there were approximately 9,500 new units constructed in 2010. The trend appears to be continuing, with almost 10,000 residential building permits issued in 2012. A detailed map of where housing construction has occurred throughout the Greater Phoenix region can be found in the Housing section along with information on home values and monthly rents.

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Population and Housing