Maricopa County, Arizona


Phoenix, Arizona
In downtown Phoenix

Maricopa County is in central Arizona and includes the greater part of the Phoenix Metroplex. Maricopa County contains 9,203 square miles of land and 21 square miles of water. Maricopa County is the 4th most populous county in the United States. There are 12 Indian Reservations in the county. The county seat is Phoenix.

Update, 2009: For the first time since Europeans began settling in the area, Maricopa County appears to be losing population as a direct result of the global financial crisis, a crisis brought about by many of the very bankers, developers, investment advisers and mortgage brokers who call Maricopa County "home." Foreclosures are rampant as the local economy contracts. It also doesn't help matters that many of the local jobs in the large financial institutions that used to run major operations in Phoenix have shifted large portions of their business overseas (that move often paid for with money derived from the federal government/taxpayer's bailout of those same institutions).

Update 2013: From the stats I've seen, general incomes across Maricopa County are down anything from 5% to 30%, depending on the neighborhood. Home values also appear to be down anything from 5% to 50% across the county, again depending on the neighborhood. Except for the very wealthy, it looks like everyone in Maricopa County has taken a bad hit from the general banking/mortgage crisis/scandal that began to emerge in 2007. And as much as the stock markets seem to set new record highs on a regular basis, only the very wealthy are profiting from it. We're back to the days of the Ronald Reagan's "trickle down economics" (which finally seemed to work during Bill Clinton's time in office, only to end within months of the Republicans retaking the White House with George W. Bush).

 
Phoenix Metro area, Landsat photo
A Landsat image of the Phoenix Metro area
Fast Facts about Maricopa County, Arizona
Types of Jobs:
Private Sector, wages or salary: 82%
Government Sector: 12%
Unincorporated, Self-Employed: 6%
Median Resident Age: 34.0 Years
Cost of Living Index for Maricopa County: 89.3
2014 Estimates:
Median Household Income: $53,300
Median Home Value: $203,800
Major Industries:
Construction, Health Care, Educational Services, Finance & Insurance Services, Lodging & Food Services, Professional Services, Waste Management Services, Government
 
2010 Population Demographics
Total Population
3,817,117
Males
1,888,465
Females
1,928,652
Population by Age
Under 18
1,007,861
18 & over
2,809,256
20-24
266,872
25-34
541,126
35-49
786,104
50-64
640,768
65 & over
462,641
Population by Ethnicity
Hispanic or Latino
1,128,741
Non Hispanic or Latino
2,688,376
Population by Race
White
2,786,781
African-American
190,519
Asian
132,225
Native American
78,329
Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
7,790
Other
489,705
Two or more
131,768