Census Data Confirms 3/20/08 Arizona fastest growing still...

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Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate

US Census data released today shows Maricopa County was the fastest growing county in the United States from July, 2006 - July, 2007.  Maricopa County consists of Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Glendale, Gilbert, Peoria, or what others commonly refer to as the Metro-Phoenix area; if you live here, we just call it the "Valley" which is short for the "Valley of the Sun".... 

The second fastest growing County is outside of New Orleans where people are continuing to move back after cleanup from Hurricane Katrina continues.  The third fastest growing county is....you guessed it - Pinal County, Arizona.  Pinal County is where a lot of folks flocking to the Phoenix metro-area have settled down because the housing is more affordable if you don't mind the extra 20 mile commute to the Phoenix-Metro area.  Pinal County cities of Casa Grand, Queen Creek, Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and Maricopa (yes, the town of Maricopa is in Pinal county, not Maricopa county) are popular suburb alternatives to housing in the Phoenix-Metro area. 

 Arizona sunset in Desert             Pinetop AZ looking out at Golf Course from home.       Grand Canyon, Arizona

7/2006 - 7/2007 Maricopa and Pinal Counties combined attracted over 130,000 new residents. 

I am admittedly biased as a fourth-generation Arizona native, whom I might add, is also married to an Arizona native. Here are some of my thoughts on why people love to live in Arizona in 2008. 

  • Low Unemployment Rate (4.3% in 1/08 compared w/national rate of 4.8%)
  • Golf
  • ASU, U of A, NAU, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Thunderbird International Graduate School (rated number 1 MBA International program for 11 consecutive years by US World and News Report)
  • Sedona
  • Great Dog Parks
  • Affordable Housing
  • Super Bowl 2008, Phoenix Open, Barrett-Jackson Car Show/Auction
  • Premier Resort Destination
  • More than 330 days of sunshine a year!
  • Grand Canyon
  • Live in the Valley in the winter, visit or have 2nd home in pine/snow country only 2-3 hour away!
  • The Most Beautiful Sunsets anywhere and every evening!
  • Intel, General Dynamics, Boeing, GoDaddy.com
  • Hiking, fishing, cycling
  • Beautiful Sonoran Deserts
  • 6 hour drive to Disneyland or Las Vegas - take your pick!
  • Canadians like Arizona
  • No Natural Disasters
  • Art, Culture, Friendly Folks, Sunshine, Great Schools and Employers, and Still Affordable!!
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Comments (4)

Judy Orr
HomeSmart Realty Group - Orland Park, IL
SW & Near West Chicago suburbs
Hey Tiffany - my parents lived in Mesa for around 20 years (IL natives) & I fell in love!  We also have friends in Gilbert.  My husband & I want to find a condo to rent out to vacationers (handled by a management company) and I don't know where to begin as this is new territory for us.  We just want to get our foot in the door to AZ real estate (as I feel it's going to keep increasing as baby boomers like us keep moving there).  So we'd be looking for a starter place that gets good rentals.  Any suggestions?  
Mar 20, 2008 10:13 AM
Tiffany Cloud
HomeSmart Real Estate - Gilbert, AZ

Judy,

Well let's talk!  There are a couple of choice locations/areas in the Valley that winter visitors Looove.  Most folks automatically think Scottsdale, and with good reason, it's beautiful and the shopping is great - but it is pricey as well.  However, Fountain Hills and Chandler (especially the Ocotillo area in Chandler) are spectacular as well.  I am new to AR and not sure on the ettiquite goes as far as contacting people, so I will error on the side of caution and allow you to contact me.  Please feel free to contact me by phone (480) 784-7600 or email Tiffany@CloudHomes.com.  I know an excellent property manager out here with a stellar reputation that has been managing properties out here for over 20 years - we can hook you up with him as well.

Tiffany

Mar 20, 2008 10:29 AM
Josué E. Silva
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
wow, it still is huh? thats good. thanks for the post. have a safe and blessed 2008!
Mar 20, 2008 12:12 PM
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Tiffany,

WELCOME to Active Rain!  Congratulations on 10 blog posts.  Thanks for commenting on my blog; I just stopped by to reciprocate. 

Mike in Tucson

Mar 20, 2008 03:18 PM

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