Maricopa at a Glance

Current Population

(ESRI, 2020)

Median Age

(ESRI, 2020)

%

Heads of Households with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher

(U.S. Census, 2018 ACS 5-year estimates)

Median Household Income

(ESRI, 2020)

Median Home Value

(Zillow Home Values, July 31, 2020)

%

Unemployment Rate

(U.S. Census, 2018 ACS 5-year estimates)

%

Average Annual Job Growth Rate

(MAG Socioeconomic Projections, 2019)

Rankings

#1 Most Diverse School District in the Phoenix Area (2020)

The 2020 Most Diverse School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of demographic and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents.

Data includes the Student Racial Diversity Index, Parent/Student Surveys on Culture and Diversity, Economically Disadvantaged Percent, and Gender Diversity.

(Source: Niche.com, 2020)

#2 Best Place to Raise a Family in Arizona (2020)

To narrow down the most family friendly cities in Arizona, HomeSnacks looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and percent of households that currently have children. The cities also had to have a population of at least 11,000.

There were 34 said family friendly cities in one of the largest states in the Southwest.

(Source: HomeSnacks.net, 2020)

#3 Fastest Growing Cities in Arizona (2020)

Looking at American Community Survey (ACS) data over the past five years, Arizona cities that have the grown the fastest have been ranked.

(Source: HomeSnacks.net, 2020)

#4 Most Diverse Suburbs in Arizona (2020)

The 2020 Most Diverse Places ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall diversity of an area. This grade takes into account key indicators of a location’s demographic composition, including the levels of variance in race, age, and income levels among residents, in an attempt to measure an area’s extent of diversity.

Data includes the Resident Racial Diversity Index, Resident Income Diversity Index, and Resident Age Diversity Index.

(Source: Niche.com, 2020)

#4 Safest Cities in Arizona (2020)

The most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics were reviewed and the total number of crimes reported by each city was calculated. A crime rate was calculated as the number of crimes per 1,000 population, and was transformed so that the skewness was reduced and normalized.

Data from 2,831 law enforcement agencies was then collected to determine police adequacy (Total Crimes / Number of Police Employees). A determination was made that the smaller the police adequacy statistic is, the safer the city is. This variable was also transformed and normalized.

Finally, the two variables were combined to create a safety score.

(Source: Alarms.org, 2020)

#7 Best Place to Live in Arizona (2020)

Area Vibes, in determining the ‘Best Places’ score, looks at factors such as livability, amenities, cost of living, crime, employment, housing, schools, and schools.

(Source: AreaVibes.com, 2020)

#10 Most Diverse Place to Live in the Phoenix Area (2020)

The 2020 Most Diverse Places ranking provides a comprehensive assessment of the overall diversity of an area. This grade takes into account key indicators of a location’s demographic composition, including the levels of variance in race, age, and income levels among residents, in an attempt to measure an area’s extent of diversity.

Data includes the Resident Racial Diversity Index, Resident Income Diversity Index, and Resident Age Diversity Index.

(Source: Niche.com, 2020)