Maricopa is poised to become a huge player in terms of job and population growth according to figures shared by the City’s chief economic development officer.
According to Nathan Steele, Maricopa currently has 28,344 single-family homes in its “trade area” which includes Maricopa, unincorporated Pinal County land, the Ak-Chin Community, Gila River Indian Community and Stanfield.
Merriam-Webster defines a trade area as a geographic area within which a business enterprise or center of retail or wholesale distribution draws most of its business. It is the greatest distance consumers are willing to travel to buy goods and services.
Census data for the city of Maricopa shows that each dwelling unit, or home, in the City has an average of 3.24 residents – a figure 19 percent higher than the U.S. Census Bureau’s figure of 2.6 residents per dwelling unit nationally.
That means that today, there are 91,835 people in the Maricopa trade area. The breakdown by community is as follows:
Location Current homes Entitled homes Total
Maricopa 23,956 41,096 65,052
Pinal County 3,241 72,129 75,370
Gila River 600 — 600
Ak-Chin 344 — 344
Stanfield 203 — 203
Total 28,344 113,225 141,569
According to Steele, these numbers do not include any apartments currently occupied or recently completed, nor does it include Casa Grande or Gila Bend, both of which send considerable business into Maricopa.
But here’s the kicker: Steele said there are another 113,225 homes coming in the relatively near future – homes that have already been approved for construction. That includes 41,096 within the current City limits and an incredible 72,129 in Pinal County.
“If you look at the entitled lots – meaning those already approved to be built – across the same area, you’re looking at a trade area population of more than 458,000 when all is said and done,” Steele said.
He added that does not include projects in the planning phases, multi-family projects, or homes in the surrounding communities.
Many of the coming homes – about 75 percent more – lie outside Maricopa’s current City limits. But City Manager Rick Horst has frequently stated that as the City grows, surrounding communities will wish to be annexed in order to have access to better public safety services like police and fire protection and community amenities like parks, schools and libraries.