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Old Posted May 1, 2017, 2:07 PM
Leo the Dog Leo the Dog is offline
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Originally Posted by Pedestrian View Post
Phoenix is a surprisingly Anglo city compared to, say, Tucson. Phoenix was essentially founded by westward migrating Americans rather than northward migrating Mexicans (and/or local native tribes) like Tucson. That said, I meet an awfully large number of people born and raised through college in Arizona who hav moved to the Bay Area and I bet there are even more of them in LA and San Diego--mostly white, though.
Historically yes, Phoenix was an Anglo city not too long ago, while Tucson has always been much more 'Southwestern', similar to ABQ or El Paso. However, Phoenix, pop 1.6 million, has seen a huge shift in their demographics in the last 25 years. Non-Hispanic whites represent just 46.5% of the city (in 2010), it has surely dropped even lower in the past 7 years.

1970: White (including white hispanics) - 93.3%
2010: White (including white hispanics) - 65.9%

Phoenix's population has historically been predominantly white. From 1890 to 1970, over 90% of the citizens were white. In recent years, this percentage has dropped, reaching 65% In 2010.

20.6% of the population of the city was foreign born in 2010. Of the 1,342,803 residents over 5 years of age, 63.5% spoke only English

The data includes years during the GR years where Phoenix was one of the hardest hit regions the US, maybe that has something to do with it too. Also, like you said, in 2005 some millennials were only 15 years old.
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