The following populations are based upon the census released in April, 2010. US census are taken every 10 years which means the next official populations will occur in 2020. Until then, any population statistics will only be estimates based upon other projections.
The actual population of the City of Phoenix within its proper city limits is 1,445,632 (2010) residents. However, the Greater Phoenix population which includes side-by-side cities and towns is 4,192,887 people. Whereas Phoenix is the nations 6th largest city, the entire metropolitan area of Greater Phoenix is the 13th most populated metro area in the country.
Phoenix is located in Maricopa County and is the Capital City of Arizona. If you drive through Greater Phoenix, it is difficult to know when you’ve crossed from one city or town into another. Although the communities are in close proximity, they each boast their own distinct personalities and characteristics. Drive 15 minutes in any direction and you will find new and unique attractions as well as things to do in Phoenix.
There are 263 cities in the country that exceed 100,000 populations. Of those, 9 of them are located in the Phoenix AZ Metro Area. In addition to Phoenix, they include Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe, Arizona.
Following are the 2010 populations of the cities and towns that comprise the Greater Phoenix area. See the Greater Phoenix Map for orientation of each city or town. Also see City of Phoenix Villages Map.