Why is Maricopa County the Fastest Growing County in the US for the 2nd Year in a Row?

For the 2nd year in a row, Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the US. Located in Arizona, Maricopa County includes the city of Phoenix and its surrounding metropolitan area. The county has a large number of thriving cities and towns, including:

Select Cities in Maricopa County

  • Chandler
  • Glendale
  • Mesa
  • Paradise Valley
  • Phoenix
  • Scottsdale
  • Tempe

Select Towns and Communities in Maricopa County

  • Anthem
  • New River
  • Rio Verde
  • Sun City
  • Sun Lakes
  • Tonopah
  • Wittman

The population of Maricopa County is currently estimated in 2018 to be 4,410,824 residents. After rising to become the fastest growing county in the US in 2017, the county added another 81,244 residents during the next year, for a growth rate of 1.9%.

These 81,244 new residents of Maricopa County represent:

  • 21,644 growth in births over deaths
  • 49,423 growth in US migration
  • 9,902 growth in international migration
  • 275 growth in other categories

Putting Maricopa County Growth into Perspective

To put things into perspective, Maricopa County’s population growth in one year is larger than the entire current population (72,710 residents) of the city of New Britain, Connecticut. New Britain has seen swings in population from growth to loss over the past several years. Starting in 1980 when the city noted a loss of 9,601 residents from 1970, the next decades saw minimal years of population growth and several years of population loss. New Britain’s economy has focused on hardware manufacturing, and the city is the corporate home of Stanley Black & Decker. The city is also home to Central Connecticut State University, Charter Oak College, Creed Monarch, Guida’s Dairy, and Polamer Precision.

The state of Connecticut has lost population for five years in a row. In 2018, Connecticut was the only state in the New England region of the US to record a lower population than the year before. As recently as March 2019, the state of Connecticut continues to experience job losses.

Why Maricopa County Continues to Grow

There are many reasons why Maricopa County continues to grow. The former mayor of Phoenix, Greg Stanton, noted that the city and region has worked to build a sustainable economy focused on areas such as education and export promotion. Also, population has increased as Phoenix has made investments in infrastructure and transportation.

Businesses and residents are prospering due to Maricopa County’s focus on developing amenities and resources, including:

District 1: Ahwatukee, Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Queen Creek, Tempe

Development of two key parks to provide multi-use recreational areas. The two parks are currently flood control basins that will be transformed to be functional during storms, and useful to the community year-round with the addition of baseball fields, playgrounds, and tennis courts.

District 2: Apache Junction, Carefree, Cave Creek, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Fountain Hills, Gilbert, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Scottsdale

Development of a new East Valley animal shelter to increase the quality of care the County provides to rescue animals, reduce the length of stays, and improve the customer adoption experience.

District 3: Anthem, Desert Hills, New River, Paradise Valley, Phoenix

Expanding access to health care, with HonorHealth opening a sixth hospital in North Phoenix, just south of Anthem. The hospital will provide more than 40 beds and a 24-hour emergency room.

District 4: Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City West, Surprise, Wickenburg, Youngtown

Creating a pilot program at Luke Air Force Base for a Military Veteran Success Center – West Valley. The Center will provide case management, education and career information, job placement services, and other helpful resources for transitioning military, veterans, and their spouses.

District 5: Avondale, Buckeye, Gila Bend, the Gila River Indian Community, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Phoenix, Tolleson, and many smaller communities

Approval for a 950-acre site for the newest utility-scale solar electric generating station in Maricopa County. The Sun Streams Solar 150-megawatt facility will include large-scale battery technology for energy storage, and is the most recent in a long list of solar generating facilities in west-central Maricopa County. This facility reinforces Maricopa County as an economic and technological leader for solar energy development.

What Does This Mean for Maricopa County Employers and Job Seekers?

Employers in Maricopa County may benefit from an influx of job seekers moving to the region. Employers may be able to use Pre-Hire Assessments to identify qualified candidates.

Job seekers may have a number of opportunities to find employment in Maricopa County as population growth continues to increase demand for housing and services. Job Seekers should utilize career resources and a number of job and employment networking sites.

What Should Employers and Job Seekers in Maricopa County do?

Employers in Maricopa County should examine their corporate initiatives to ensure they can leverage the county’s population growth. They should work with a qualified Relocation Management Company (RMC) that can provide a full range of pre-decision services.

Employers may consider relocating new hires or transferees to fill positions in these cities as growth continues. They should provide transferees and their family members with as many valuable resources as possible to help increase relocation success.

Job seekers looking for opportunities should consider cities that rank high as a best place to find a job, such as Scottsdale. Other cities in Maricopa County also rank high as good places to find a job, including Gilbert, Chandler, and Tempe.

Conclusion

GMS’ team of global relocation experts has helped thousands of our clients understand how to fill positions in their local markets, including Maricopa County. Our team can help your company understand how to use pre-hire assessments to identify qualified candidates. Also, we can help your company design a relocation program following industry best practices that results in higher relocation success rates and greater transferee satisfaction.

Global Mobility Solutions is proud to be named and ranked #1 Overall, and #1 in Quality of Service by HRO Today’s 2019 Baker’s Dozen Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Learn best practices from Global Mobility Solutions, the relocation industry and technology experts who are dedicated to keeping you informed and connected. Contact our experts online to discuss your company’s need to find qualified candidates for positions in Maricopa County, or give us a call at 800.617.1904 or 480.922.0700 today.

Request your complimentary relocation policy review