LBN’s Bob Donley reports that Arizona’s political complexion is changing as the state’s demographics evolve. The stereotypical Arizonan, is old, white, grey-haired, and retired. Donley says the stereotype doesn’t hold true.
Arizona remains one of the fastest-growing states, with a population of about 6.7 million people. The growth trend started fifty years ago, and the state has grown more than 300% in that half-century. While many may think of Arizona as rural, more than 60% of the state’s residents live in cities over 100,000 in population, the highest such percentage in the nation.
The population of Arizona is 59% white (a number trending downward) and 29% are Hispanic (trending upward). African Americans account for 4%, and Native Americans are about 5% of the population. Most of the Native Americans speak Navajo or Apache in addition to English. It’s estimated that 8% of the people in Arizona are in the state illegally. In about twelve years, it is estimated, the white population will be in the minority.
Two-thirds of Arizonans are Christians, about 25% Catholic (the most popular religion in the state). Conversely, About 20% report that they are non-religious. As for age, about 15% of Arizonans are senior citizens, but 25% are under eighteen years old. The state is trending younger all the time.
Republicans used to far outnumber Democrats. Today, the numbers are about even, with 30% identifying as “independent.”
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