The Phoenix Metro Area

The Phoenix MSA is home to 67% of the state’s population and has been one of the top growth areas in the nation.

The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale Metropolitan Statistical Area (Phoenix MSA) includes all of Maricopa County and Pinal County and is 14,587 square miles (Maricopa County, 9,223 square miles and Pinal County, 5,364 square miles).

This infographic provides an overview of the Phoenix MSA including demographics, employment, and transportation.

Phoenix MSA Infographic 2019

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Population

The Phoenix MSA has had a higher annual growth rate than the nation since 1980. Annual growth slowed during the recession and has picked up in recent years, increasing from 1.1% in 2012 to 2.2% growth in 2017 for the Phoenix MSA. The MSA continues to show stronger annual growth than the state as well, and is expected to continue this growth rate through at least 2050.

 

Source: Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity

Employment

The annual average 2017 non-farm employment for the Phoenix MSA was estimated at 2.017 million, which makes up 73% of the state’s employment.

The average weekly wage in the Phoenix MSA for 2017 was $1,005 and the average annual wage in the Phoenix MSA was $52,245, putting the MSA in the top 15% of large regions nationally.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Employment Statistics, Super Sectors Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale MSA Nonfarm Employment 2017 Annual Average

 

FY 2018 Sales Tax Collection

 

* Transaction Privilege and Severance Tax

Source: Arizona Department of Revenue 2018 Annual Report

The Phoenix MSA collected $4.4 billion in sales tax revenue, which is 72% of the total sales tax collected by the state in FY 2018. The Sun Corridor (Maricopa County, Pima County, and Pinal County) collected $5.2 billion in sales tax revenue, making up 84.9% of the state total for FY 2018. In total, the state collected over $6.1 billion in sales tax revenue during FY 2018, a 6.7% increase from FY 2017.

Land Ownership (MPO)

The MAG Metropolitan Planning Organization (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. Land ownership statistics for the MAG MPO come from the Arizona State Land Department.

 

Source: Arizona State Land Department, March 2018

About MAG

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is a Council of Governments (COG) that serves as the regional planning agency for the metropolitan Phoenix area.

Title VI

Title VI requires that no person in the United States of America shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity for which MAG receives federal financial assistance.

Get in Touch

  • Address: 302 N. 1st Ave., Suite 300
    Phoenix, Arizona 85003

  • Phone: (602) 254-6300

  • FAX: (602) 254-6490

  • Email: mag@azmag.gov