Arizona's Politics Will Likely Change As Its Demographics Change. LBN's Bob Donley Explains

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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