Bordering California to the west and Mexico to the south, Arizona was one of the fastest growing states between 2000 and 2010. According to the U.S. census, in 2010, Arizona was home to 6.4 million residents, a 25 percent increase since 2000. Approximately 60 percent of the state's population resides in Maricopa County, the state's largest metropolitan area, which includes the state's capital, Phoenix.

The majority (59 percent) of the state's population growth over the past decade occurred within Maricopa County, one of the most populous counties in the United States. Arizona is also among the most racially diverse states in the United States. In the 2010 census, 58 percent of the residents were white, 30 percent were of Hispanic or Latino origin, 4 percent were ...

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