In 2000 the U.S. government performed a Census which provided much detailed information about the country, states and cities. The Census is conducted every ten years. In the years following, the U.S. Census provides updates to different statistics that it tracks.
Sometimes it is useful to compare the state in which you are interested to the trends of the country as a whole. Here are some quick facts about Arizona as reported by the Census estimates:
- In the years from 1990 to 2005, the population of Arizona grew by a 15.8% compared to the United States which grew in population by 5.3%.
- In 2004 Arizona had a greater percentage of residents that were under 18 years old than the U.S. average. Arizona had 26.9% and the country as a whole had 25%.
- In 2004 Arizona had a slightly greater percentage (12.7%) of people over 65 years old compared to the nation which had 12.4%.
- In 2004 Arizona had a smaller percentage of women, 50%, than the national percentage of 50.8%.
- In 2004 Arizona had a higher percentage of white people, 87.6%, than the United States as a whole did at 80.4%.
- In 2004 Arizona had a much smaller percentage of black or African American people (3.5%) than the United States did at 12.8%
- As one might expect, in 2004 Arizona had a much higher percentage of population that considered themselves Hispanic or Latino (28%) than did the rest of the country (14.1%).
- In 2000 Arizona had a much higher percentage of people who speak a language at home that is not English, 25.9%, to the compared to the national rate of 17.9%.
- In 2000 Arizona had more high school graduates as a percentage of population, 81%, than the national figure of 80.4%.
- In 2000 68% of Arizonans owned their own home, as compared with the national percentage 66.2%.
- In 2003 Arizona had a significantly higher percentage of people at or below poverty level at 13.9%, compared to the U.S. percentage of 12.5%.
- In 2003 the median household income in Arizona was $41,963 compared to the U.S. median household income of $43,318.
For more Arizona Census facts, visit the U.S. Census Web site.