Maricopa By The Numbers
Welcome to Maricopa, Arizona
As one of the most dynamic cities in the United States, the City of Maricopa is a community with a “Proud History and a Prosperous Future.”
Strategically located between Phoenix and Tucson in the high growth Sun Corridor, Maricopa is poised for continued success. Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2018, Maricopa’s youth belies its sophistication and significant progress as a start-up city.
Maricopa was incorporated in October 2003 with a population of 3,200. Today, more than 50,000 people proudly call themselves Maricopans.
The City’s elected, business and civic leaders work vigorously to build the New American City – one in which people of all walks of life and backgrounds can realize their aspirations for lifestyle, work and business enterprise.
As a new American city – just 15 years old – Maricopa is a sophisticated community with a small town, neighborly vibe. People have moved here because of the city’s quality of life, affordability and vast range of things to do where they can connect with their neighbors and all Maricopans to have fun, learn and recreate.
~ Dan Weinman, System Vice President – Strategy & Planning, Banner Health
Maricopa offers the comforts of a safe, family-oriented community situated only 20 minutes southwest of Phoenix, 35 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, just 15 minutes from Interstate 10 and 20 minutes from Interstate 8.
Maricopa’s local workforce is highly educated and skilled, with more than 46 percent of heads of households holding a bachelor’s degree or higher and 89 percent with some post-high school education.
Historically an agricultural community, Maricopa is emerging as a regional hotbed for the agritech industry. Maricopa is home to a thriving cluster of local agritech businesses and research facilities, including the USDA Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center and the University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center. Researchers at these centers work to develop new technologies and solutions to problems faced by crop consumers and producers. Partnerships with the private sector have led to the commercialization of innovative agricultural products and have helped launch a number of agritech startups.
Leaders in sustainability sectors also have been drawn to Maricopa. Pinal Energy opened Arizona’s first ethanol plant in Maricopa and Marisol Energy 2 has proposed a 1,492-acre Maricopa Solar Park project on federal land near the City. Beem Biologics operates an R&D lab and production facility for ISO NPK – a naturally sourced, non-toxic and certified organic bio fertilizer that significantly increases crop yield to growers.
Maricopa is paving the way in vehicle research and development for the automotive industry. Both Volkswagen and Nissan operate their North American proving grounds in Maricopa, where they test both prototype and new vehicles for performance in certain climatic conditions.
A number of exciting projects have recently been completed in Maricopa, including the opening of Central Arizona College’s Maricopa Campus, and the Copper Sky Multigenerational/Aquatics Center and 98-acre Copper Sky Regional Park.
Maricopa’s City Center Complex, a 145 acre site that serves as the location of the City’s beautiful, futuristic City Hall, also will be the site of major institutional uses, including higher education and research, as well as other public purpose buildings and meeting spaces.
City of Maricopa, AZ Principal Employers 2014
|Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort*||Gaming||760|
|Maricopa Unified School District||Schools||650|
|Maricopa City Government||Government Offices-City, Village & Township||283|
|Fry’s Food Store||Grocers-Retail||200|
|Volkswagen Proving Grounds||Automotive Testing||200|
|Legacy Traditional School||Schools||76|
|Pinal Feeding Co Inc.||Livestock Feeding||75|
|Sequoia Pathway Academy||Schools||71|
|USDA Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center*||Agricultural Research||69|
|Southern Dunes Golf Club*||Golf Courses||65|
|Arizona Castings Inc.*||Aluminum Foundries||58|
|Electrical District 3*||Electrical Companies||57|
|Univ. of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Center*||Agricultural Research||48|
|Duke at Rancho El Dorado||Golf Courses||47|
|Scott’s Miracle Gro||Nitrogenous Fertilizers||39|
|Banner Health Center||Healthcare||34|
Note: Areas marked with an asterisk (*) are outside of the City limits but within the City’s planning area
Sources: Major employer figures were obtained via telephone calls to each major employer Data as of March 19, 2014
Located between Phoenix and Tucson, Maricopa offers convenient access to major markets throughout the Southwest. Interstate 10, the southernmost coast-to-coast highway in the United States, is just 15 minutes from Maricopa along State Route 347 and directly connects to Phoenix, Tucson, and Los Angeles. Interstate 8, immediately south of Maricopa, runs west to San Diego and merges with Interstate 10 to the east.
Between 45 and 55 freight trains operate daily through Maricopa along the Union Pacific Railroad’s Sunset Route. This route carries nearly 20% of Union Pacific’s total freight traffic and stretches from Los Angeles to El Paso. In Maricopa, the route parallels the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway and there are many available commercially-zoned sites with potential for rail-to-site.
Maricopa also offers passenger rail access and is the greater Phoenix area’s Amtrak hub. Amtrak’s Orlando-Los Angeles Sunset Limited has a scheduled stop in Maricopa, the only stop in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
Maricopa is just 32 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, one of the 10 busiest airports in the United States. More than 100,000 passengers, 1,200 aircraft, and 800 tons of cargo pass through Sky Harbor each day. The airport is served by 17 major airlines with daily service to 80 domestic and 20 international destinations.
Business, government and education work well together in Maricopa, focusing on how we can leverage our collective strengths, resources and talents to continue to build a great city – one that offers the ability for children, youth, families and individuals to flourish and prosper.
~ Dr. Tracey Lopeman, Superintendent, Maricopa Unified School District
City Fast Facts
2016 Median Age1
Head of Households Holding Bachelor’s Degree or Higher1
Top 3 Safest Cities in Arizona2
Top 10 Most Affordable Place to Buy a Home in Arizona3
Top 10 Most Livable Places in Arizona1
#1 for Arizona Community for Homebuyers1
Top 10 Best Places in Arizona for Job Seekers1
Trade Area of More Than 60,000 Residents – From Only 1,500 Less Than a Decade Ago1
6th Most Diverse Suburb4
4X Playful City Honoree5
1 Source: City of Maricopa Economic Development Department, May 2017. 2 Source: Safehome.org, 2016. 3 Source: SmartAsset.com, 2018. 4 Source: Niche.com, 2018. 5 Source: Kaboom.org, 2018.
Maricopa Population Projections 2020 and Beyond
Sources: 2018 ESRI Community Profile, 2016 MAG Socioeconomic Projections
Maricopa Employment Projections 2020 and Beyond
Source: City of Maricopa Economic Development Department, May 2017