Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ

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Population

4.74M

1.62% growth

Median Age

36.7


Median Household Income

$61,506

5.91% growth

Poverty Rate

15.7%


Number of Employees

2.21M

3.3% growth

Median Property Value

$246,900

6.88% growth

About

In 2017, Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ had a population of 4.74M people with a median age of 36.7 and a median household income of $61,506. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ grew from 4.66M to 4.74M, a 1.62% increase and its median household income grew from $58,075 to $61,506, a 5.91% increase.

The population of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is 55.3% White Alone, 31% Hispanic or Latino, and 5.07% Black or African American Alone. 26.7% of the people in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ speak a non-English language, and 91.6% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ are University of Phoenix-Arizona (40,418 degrees awarded in 2016), Grand Canyon University (18,469 degrees), and Arizona State University-Tempe (13,805 degrees).

The median property value in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is $246,900, and the homeownership rate is 63.7%. Most people in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25 minutes. The average car ownership in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is 2 cars per household.

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ borders Tucson, AZ, Prescott, AZ, Yuma, AZ, Payson, AZ, and Safford, AZ.

Economy

The economy of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ employs 2.21M people. The largest industries in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ are Health Care & Social Assistance (276,450 people), Retail Trade (274,492 people), and Educational Services (182,522 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($71,238), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($66,167), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($60,767).

Median household income in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is $61,506. Males in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $47,801. The income inequality in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.469, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$61,506

2017 value

± $523

5.91%

1 Year Growth

± 1.53%

Households in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ have a median annual income of $61,506, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $58,075 in 2016, which represents a 5.91% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,465

Average Male Salary

± $1,374

$47,801

Average Female Salary

± $1,063

In 2017, full-time male employees in Arizona made 1.31 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $61,841 ± $4,776

  2. White

    $50,906 ± $930

  3. Alaska Native

    $42,076 ± $20,594

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Arizona workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.21 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is from Arizona.

0.469

2017 Wage GINI

0.473

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Arizona was 0.469 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.923% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Arizona was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arizona in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Arizona across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ was Maricopa County, AZ with a value of $62,223, followed by Coconino County, AZ and Pinal County, AZ, with respective values of $54,893 and $52,788.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ (703k out of 4.48M people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    493,892 ± 5,226

  2. Hispanic

    348,180 ± 4,175

  3. Other

    84,166 ± 2,296

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

2.21M

2017 Value

± 26,227

3.3%

1 Year growth

± 1.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ grew at a rate of 3.3%, from 2.14M employees to 2.21M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (335,419 people), Sales & Related Occupations (257,233 people), and Management Occupations (242,621 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (335,419 people), Sales & Related Occupations (257,233 people), and Management Occupations (242,621 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ has an unusually high number of residents working as Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1.19 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.16 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.13 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($81,581), Legal Occupations ($80,471), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($75,366).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.21M

2017 Value

± 26,227

3.3%

1 Year growth

± 1.6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ grew at a rate of 3.3%, from 2.14M employees to 2.21M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (276,450 people), Retail Trade (274,492 people), and Educational Services (182,522 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, though some of these residents may live in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (276,450 people), Retail Trade (274,492 people), and Educational Services (182,522 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ has an unusually high number of Finance & Insurance (1.55 times higher than expected), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.4 times), and Real Estate & Rental & Leasing (1.21 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, by median earnings, are Utilities ($71,238), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($66,167), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($60,767).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Arizona to other states, or from other states to Arizona.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $23.6B

  2. $20.7B

  3. $16.4B

In 2015, the top outbound Arizona product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $23.6B, followed by Mixed freight ($20.7B) and Electronics ($16.4B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Arizona products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$158B

2015 Value

$290B

Projected 2045 Value

83.3% growth

In 2015, total outbound Arizona trade was $158B. This is expected to increase 83.3% to $290B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Arizona trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Arizona to other states, or from other states to Arizona.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $21.9B

  2. $8.27B

  3. $4.07B

In 2015, the top outbound Arizona domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was California with $21.9B, followed by Texas with $8.27B and New Mexico and $4.07B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Arizona shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

89.8% of the population of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ has health coverage, with 47.1% on employee plans, 17.8% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 11.9% on non-group plans, and 1.46% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ was $6,452 in 2014. This is a 3.03% increase from the previous year ($6,262).

Primary care physicians in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ see 1519 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.198% increase from the previous year (1516 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1660 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 820 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, La Paz County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.9%). Additionally, Apache County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (33.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,519 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Arizona see an average of 1,519 patients per year. This represents a 0.198% increase from the previous year (1,516 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,452

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,035

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,032

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,096

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Arizona (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.03%, from $6,262 to $6,452.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

10.2%

Uninsured

47.1%

Employer Coverage

17.8%

Medicaid

11.4%

Medicare

11.9%

Non-Group

1.46%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ grew by 1.66% from 10.1% to 10.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.9% prevalence

  2. 14.3% prevalence

  3. 13.1% prevalence

La Paz County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Arizona, at 14.9%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Arizona by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is home to a population of 4.74M people, from which 91.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 13.8% of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ residents were born outside of the country (653k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is composed of 2.62M White Alone residents (55.3%), 1.47M Hispanic or Latino residents (31%), 240k Black or African American Alone residents (5.07%), 182k Asian Alone residents (3.85%), 117k Two or More Races residents (2.47%), 86k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (1.82%), 11k Some Other Race Alone residents (0.233%), and 10.4k Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.219%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ are Spanish (914,334 speakers), Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (25,162 speakers), and Tagalog (Incl. Filipino) (20,819 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

44

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.5

In 2017, the median age of all people in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ was 36.7. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 44. But people in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

13.8%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

653k people

13.8%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

642k people

As of 2017, 13.8% of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ residents (653k people) were born outside of the United States, which is higher than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ was 13.8%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    503,579 ± 16,786 people

  2. India

    47,415 ± 5,328 people

  3. Canada

    42,280 ± 5,033 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arizona was Mexico, the natal country of 503,579 Arizona residents, followed by India with 47,415 and Canada with 42,280.

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Citizenship

91.6%

2017 Citizenship

91.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 91.6% of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ was 91.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    2.62M ± 4.56k

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    1.47M ± 29.5k

  3. Black or African American Alone

    240k ± 5.87k

In 2017, there were 1.78 times more White Alone residents (2.62M people) in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.47M Hispanic or Latino and 240k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish

    914,334 speakers (20.6%)

  2. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)

    25,162 speakers (0.568%)

  3. Tagalog (Incl. Filipino)

    20,819 speakers (0.47%)

26.7% of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is higher than the national average of 21.8%. In 2017, the most common non-English language spoken in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ was Spanish. 20.6% of the overall population of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ are native Spanish speakers. 0.568% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) and 0.47% speak Spanish, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    93,775 ± 4,116

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    52,720 ± 3,842

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    39,513 ± 3,075

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.78 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ awarded 130,541 degrees. The student population of Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is skewed towards women, with 180,372 male students and 291,683 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ are White (59,859 and 47.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (22,853 and 18%), Unknown (17,114 and 13.5%), and Black or African American (14,693 and 11.6%).

The largest universities in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ by number of degrees awarded are University of Phoenix-Arizona (40,418 and 31%), Grand Canyon University (18,469 and 14.1%), and Arizona State University-Tempe (13,805 and 10.6%).

The most popular majors in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ are General Business Administration & Management (14,984 and 11.5%), Liberal Arts & Sciences (11,508 and 8.82%), and Registered Nursing (8,843 and 6.77%).

The median tuition costs in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ are $11,880 for private four year colleges, and $9,200 and $24,495 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 1,967 degrees awarded

  2. 7,221 degrees awarded

  3. 5,567 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ was Behavioral Sciences with 1,967 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 40,418 degrees awarded

  2. 18,469 degrees awarded

  3. 13,805 degrees awarded

$9,200

Median In-State Public

$11,880

Median Private

In 2016, the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Phoenix-Arizona with 40,418 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

50,248

Degrees Awarded to Men

80,293

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 50,248 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ, which is 0.626 times less than the 80,293 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    59,859 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    22,853 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    17,114 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ were to White students. These 59,859 degrees mean that there were 2.62 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 22,853 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ was $246,900 in 2017, which is 1.13 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $231,000 to $246,900, a 6.88% increase. The homeownership rate in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is 63.7%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ have an average commute time of 25 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$61,506

Median Household Income

± $523

1.68M

Number of Households

± 20,796

In 2017, the median household income of the 1.68M households in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ grew to $61,506 from the previous year's value of $58,075.

The following chart displays the households in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$246,900

2017 Median

± $2,423

$231,000

2016 Median

± $2,195

In 2017, the median property value in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ grew to to $246,900 from the previous year's value of $231,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ the largest share of households have a property value in the $300k - $400k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

63.7%

2017 Homeownership

61.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 63.7% of the housing units in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 61.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

25 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.8% of the workforce in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.2%

  2. Carpooled

    11.3%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.75%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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