The Largest City of Arizona Is Phoenix And It Is Also The Capital Of Arizona. Arizona’s largest city and capital rank fifth in the U.S. for the total population, overtaking Philadelphia with 11.3 percent growth between 2010 and 2016. More the 22 million people visit the city and its surroundings each year, drawn to more than 200 golf courses; 400 hotels, luxury resorts, and spas; and an average of 299 days of sunshine each year.
Some Biggest Cities and Towns in Arizona:
- Tucson, Population: 530,706
Arizona’s “second city” ranks 33rd for population among U.S. cities. In contrast to the sprawling Phoenix area, this oasis in the south-central portion of the desert state remains comparatively contained. Tucson makes a convenient base for exploring the surrounding Sonoran Desert, the most verdant desert in North America.
- Mesa, Population: 484,587
Part of the “Valley of the Sun,” Mesa ranks 36th in the U.S. but 3rd for the state in population. The city hosts both the Chicago Cubs’ and Oakland A’s spring training programs, and the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University.
- Chandler, Population: 247,477
On the southeast corner of the Phoenix/Scottsdale/Mesa metropolis, Chandler ranks fourth in the state and 84th in the country for the population. The downtown district hosts more than 60 events each year, from foodie gatherings to a classic car show, and claims the second largest mall in the metropolitan Phoenix area, the Chandler Fashion Center.
- Scottsdale, Population: 246,645
This neighbor to Phoenix fluctuates with nearby Glendale for the title of the 5th largest city in Arizona, coming in at 85th in the country. Scottsdale experience 13.3 percent growth from 2010 to 2016, and U.S. Census and the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity forecast a jump to more than 300,000 residents by 2050.
- Glendale, Population: 245,895
On the northwestern edge of Phoenix, Glendale comes in as the 86th largest city in the U.S., according to the latest census estimates, putting it just behind Scottsdale both nationally and within the state. Shaped like an L that tipped over on its back, the city may be most well-known as the location of the University of Phoenix stadium where the Arizona Cardinals play their home games.
- Gilbert, Population: 237,133
Sandwiched between Mesa and Chandler on the eastern edge of Phoenix, Gilbert ranks 93rd in the country for the population. Gilbert’s renowned Riparian Preserve at Water Ranch attracts bird-watchers from around the world, with more than 250 avian species identified.