For the second year in a row, the city of Maricopa has won Mix 96.9’s “Battle of the Burbs” radio contest.

The contest started with 32 suburbs around the Phoenix area. Every city and borough was represented, and a tournament-style bracket was created.

Maricopa was first matched up against Surprise, but they were featured in the same side of the bracket as Mesa, Scottsdale, Queen Creek, and Casa Grande. Maricopa residents seemed determined to make sure their city was once again named the “best suburb in the Valley.”

After being voted past Surprise, Maricopa moved on to face Queen Creek. Without missing a beat, members of the community kept voting and Maricopa moved on to “the top 8.” Here, they met Casa Grande. The two towns in close proximity gave each other a run for their money, but after the votes were tallied, Maricopa moved on.

Once Maricopa made it to the final four suburbs, they were matched up against the most populated city on the list. According to the 2010 Census, Mesa’s population is estimated to be just under 450,000 people. Maricopa has roughly one-tenth of that amount at just fewer than 45,000. However, the contest seemed to mean more to the residents of Maricopa, because they surpassed Mesa by a fairly large margin.

In the final round, Maricopa was paired up against Anthem. The northern Phoenix suburb briefly held the lead in votes, but Maricopa residents made a late rally to take the title of “best suburb in the Valley.”

“We couldn’t be more excited that we won,” Maricopa Mayor Christian Price said. “It is truly a tribute to our community. They have such tremendous heart. It’ll be a huge boon for the community, and we are all very proud.”


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