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Area

When it comes to population and growth statistics for planning by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), statistics vary by three different types of geography:

  • Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) area
    The MAG MPO area is 10,654 square miles and consists of 27 cities and towns, three Native American Indian Communities, all of Maricopa County, and portions of Pinal County.
  • Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Statistical Area (Phoenix MSA)
    The Phoenix MSA includes all of Maricopa and Pinal counties and is 14,587 square miles (Maricopa County, 9,223 square miles and Pinal County, 5,364 square miles).

MAG Planning Area

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Population

  • The population of the MAG MPO is 4.3 million (July 1, 2015, estimate), which is 64% of the state's population.
  • The population of the Phoenix MSA is approximately 4.5 million (July 1, 2015, estimate), with a projected population of 7.1 million by 2040. The Phoenix MSA makes up 66% of the state's population.
  • The population of Maricopa County is approximately 4.1 million (July 1, 2015 estimate), with a projected population of 6.2 million by 2040. Maricopa County includes 60% of the state's population and contains nine of the ten cities in Arizona with a population above 100,000.
  • The population of the Sun Corridor (Maricopa, Pinal, and Pima Counties) is approximately 5.5 million, which is 81.3% of the state?s population.
  • Arizona's population is 6.76 million (July 1, 2015, estimate).
  • Since 1980, Maricopa County's population has been among the fastest growing in the nation. Average annual growth had slowed during the recession and has begun to pick up, increasing from 1.1% in 2012 to 1.7% growth in 2014. The county continues to show stronger annual growth than the state, which grew 1.4% from 2014 to 2015.

Population Growth

Date

Maricopa County Population*

Average Annual Growth

Arizona Population*

Average Annual Growth

U.S.
Population*

Average Annual Growth

1980

1,509,000

4.50%

2,718,000

4.40%

226,542,000

1.10%

1990

2,122,000

3.50%

3,665,000

3.00%

248,710,000

0.90%

2000

3,072,000

3.80%

5,131,000

3.40%

281,422,000

1.20%

2010

3,817,000

2.20%

6,392,000

2.20%

308,746,000

1.00%

2011

3,843,000

0.50%

6,438,000

0.60%

311,722,000

0.60%

2012

3,885,000

1.10%

6,499,000

0.90%

314,112,000

0.80%

2013

3,945,000

1.50%

6,581,000

1.30%

316,498,000

0.80%

2014

4,009,000

1.60%

6,667,000

1.30%

318,857,000

0.70%

2015

4,076,000

1.70%

6,758,000

1.40%

321,419,000

0.80%

2020

4,507,000

1.90%

7,485,000

1.90%

333,896,000

0.80%

2030

5,359,000

1.70%

8,853,000

1.70%

358,471,000

0.70%

2040

6,175,000

1.40%

10,218,000

1.40%

380,016,000

0.60%

Arizona and Maricopa county estimates and projections from the Arizona State Demographer's Office; U.S. estimates and projections from Census Bureau. *population rounded to the nearest 1,000.

Employment

  • In June 2015, total non-farm employment for the Phoenix MSA was estimated at 1.87 million, which is 73% of employment in Arizona.
  • The average weekly wage in the Phoenix MSA for the 2nd quarter of 2014 was $931, which is in the top third among large U.S. counties.

Employment by Industry (MSA)

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current employment Statistics (CES), Super Sectors Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale MSA nonfarm Payroll Employment June 2015.

Land Ownership (MPO)

(from State Land Department 2015)

  • Twenty-nine percent of land ownership is private, 27% is U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), 11% is Military, 13% is State Trust, 10% is U.S. National Forest, 8% is Indian Reservation, and 2% is other public land.

Land Ownership

Source: Arizona State Land Department, October 2015

Tax Statistics

  • Over $3.7 billion in sales tax revenue was collected in Maricopa County during FY 2015, a 5.1% increase from FY 2014.
  • The Phoenix MSA accounted for 71.3% of the total sales tax in the state in FY 2015.
  • The Sun Corridor accounted for 84.7% of the total sales tax in the state in FY 2015.

FY 2014-15 Sales Tax* Collection

Area

Total Collections

Change from FY 2012-13

Percent of State Total

Maricopa Co.

$3,701,731,930

5.1%

68.6%

Phoenix MSA

$3,848,690,589

5.0%

71.3%

Sun Corridor

$4,573,559,792

4.6%

84.7%

Arizona

$5,398,629,779

4.2%

100.0%

* Transaction Privilege and Severance Tax
Source: Arizona Department of Revenue 2014 Annual Report