Safford, AZ

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
38,453
0.807% 1-year growth
US Senator
Kyrsten Sinema
Independent Party
US Senator
Mark Kelly
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
34.1
0.888% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17.7%
11.5% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$64,089
12.2% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$178,300
18.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
14,064
4.55% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Safford, AZ had a population of 38.5k people with a median age of 34.1 and a median household income of $64,089. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Safford, AZ grew from 38,145 to 38,453, a 0.807% increase and its median household income grew from $57,105 to $64,089, a 12.2% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Safford, AZ are White (Non-Hispanic) (50.4%), White (Hispanic) (18.1%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (11.6%), Two+ (Hispanic) (10.9%), and Other (Hispanic) (3.92%).

None of the households in Safford, AZ reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

99% of the residents in Safford, AZ are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Safford, AZ are Eastern Arizona College (1,027 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Safford, AZ was $178,300, and the homeownership rate was 73.4%.

Most people in Safford, AZ drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Safford, AZ was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Safford, AZ is home to a population of 38.5k people, from which 99% are citizens. As of 2022, 2.47% of Safford, AZ residents were born outside of the country (948 people).

In 2022, there were 2.79 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (19.4k people) in Safford, AZ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.95k White (Hispanic) and 4.45k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

99%
2022 Citizenship
99%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 99% of Safford, AZ residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Safford, AZ was 99%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Safford, AZ
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    19.4k ± 125
  2. White (Hispanic)
    6.95k ± 660
  3. American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic)
    4.45k ± 225
33.5%
Hispanic Population
12.9k people

In 2022, there were 2.79 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (19.4k people) in Safford, AZ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 6.95k White (Hispanic) and 4.45k American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

33.5% of the people in Safford, AZ are hispanic (12.9k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Safford, AZ as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    500,763 ± 16,756 people
  2. India
    40,959 ± 4,955 people
  3. Canada
    39,634 ± 4,874 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arizona was Mexico, the natal country of 500,763 Arizona residents, followed by India with 40,959 and Canada with 39,634.

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Foreign-Born Population

2.47%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
948 people
2.12%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
807 people

As of 2022, 2.47% of Safford, AZ residents (948 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Safford, AZ was 2.12%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    696 ± 142
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    235 ± 129
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    184 ± 87

Safford, AZ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.96 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Safford, AZ employs 14.1k people. The largest industries in Safford, AZ are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,964 people), Retail Trade (1,727 people), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,452 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,690), Utilities ($70,825), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($70,680).

Males in Arizona have an average income that is 1.29 times higher than the average income of females, which is $59,270. The income inequality in Arizona (measured using the Gini index) is 0.457, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

14.1k
2022 Value
± 870
4.55%
1 Year growth
± 8.34%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Safford, AZ grew at a rate of 4.55%, from 13.5k employees to 14.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Safford, AZ, are Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,583 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,569 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,156 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Safford, AZ.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

14.1k
2022 Value
± 870
4.55%
1 Year growth
± 8.34%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Safford, AZ grew at a rate of 4.55%, from 13.5k employees to 14.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Safford, AZ, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,964 people), Retail Trade (1,727 people), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1,452 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Safford, AZ, though some of these residents may live in Safford, AZ and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,763
Median earning men ± $5,080
$28,912
Median earning women ± $2,095

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($80,522), Information ($79,688), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($70,239).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($49,438), Public Administration ($44,028), and Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($40,350).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.3%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.15M people employed in Arizona. This represents a 2.3% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 9.21%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Arizona.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 278
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 123
    Retail Trade
  3. 103
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Arizona went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 49.4% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (49.1%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.52%).

Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are the senators currently representing the state of Arizona. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Arizona is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Arizona

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Kyrsten Sinema
Senator from Arizona1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Kyrsten Sinema won election to the Senate as a Democrat in 2018
Mark Kelly
Senator from Arizona3
Assumed office on December 2, 2020
Elected to the seat to succeed Martha McSally, who had been appointed to the seat following the death of John McCain and the resignation of Jon Kyl.

Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are the senators currently representing Arizona.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Arizona over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Arizona

Arizona is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Arizona have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Safford, AZ awarded 1,027 degrees. The student population of Safford, AZ in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 1,989 male students and 2,875 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Safford, AZ are White (531 and 52.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (311 and 30.8%), American Indian or Alaska Native (66 and 6.54%), and Black or African American (47 and 4.66%).

The largest universities in Safford, AZ by number of degrees awarded are Eastern Arizona College (1,027 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Safford, AZ are General Studies (215 and 20.9%), HVAC Maintenance (179 and 17.4%), and Registered Nursing (71 and 6.91%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 4,864 students enrolled in Safford, AZ, 40.9% men and 59.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 3,109 records, of which 60.5% were women and 39.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 215 degrees awarded
  2. 71 degrees awarded
  3. 22 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Safford, AZ was General Studies with 215 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Safford, AZ according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,027 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Eastern Arizona College with 1,027 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 540 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Safford, AZ, which is 1.11 times more than the 487 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 531 degrees mean that there were 1.71 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 311 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 2-year ($2,232) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 2-year ($1,006) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.03% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.12% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were Some college (1.42M), High School or Equivalent (1.41M), and Bachelors Degree (1.02M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Safford, AZ was $178,300 in 2022, which is 0.632 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $150,400 to $178,300, a 18.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Safford, AZ is 73.4%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Safford, AZ have an average commute time of 23.1 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Safford, AZ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Safford, AZ is $64,089. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Safford, AZ was Maricopa County, AZ with a value of $80,675, followed by Greenlee County, AZ and Pinal County, AZ, with respective values of $73,756 and $73,313.

Property

$178,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,626
$8,824
Median Property Taxes
±$618

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Safford, AZ the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Safford, AZ compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

73.4%
Homeownership
2022
69.6%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 73.4% of the housing units in Safford, AZ were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 71.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Safford, AZ was Maricopa County, AZ with a value of $80,675, followed by Greenlee County, AZ and Pinal County, AZ, with respective values of $73,756 and $73,313.

The following map shows all of the counties in Safford, AZ colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$64,089
Median Household Income
± $4,152
12k
Number of Households
± 817

In 2022, the median household income of the 12k households in Safford, AZ grew to $64,089 from the previous year's value of $57,105.

The following chart displays the households in Safford, 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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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Safford, AZ is from Arizona.
0.457
2022 Wage GINI in Arizona
0.46
2021 Wage GINI in Arizona

In 2022, the income inequality in Arizona was 0.457 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.545% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Arizona was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arizona in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (83%)
  2. Carpooled (10.3%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.21%)

In 2022, 83% of workers in Safford, AZ drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.3%) and those who worked at home (4.21%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

23.1 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Safford, AZ have a shorter commute time (23.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.9% of the workforce in Safford, AZ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Safford, AZ distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Safford, AZ have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Safford, AZ (6.23k out of 35.3k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Safford, AZ is White, followed by Hispanic and Native American.

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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Health

91.5% of the population of Safford, AZ has health coverage, with 40.8% on employee plans, 24.7% on Medicaid, 11.4% on Medicare, 12.8% on non-group plans, and 1.77% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Arizona see 1499 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.58% decrease from the previous year (1523 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1585 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 662 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,499 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Arizona

Primary care physicians in Arizona see an average of 1,499 patients per year. This represents a 1.58% decrease from the previous year (1,523 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Arizona in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 30.2% under 18 years, 22.4% between 18 and 34 years, 32.6% between 35 and 64 years, and 14.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.7% were men and 50.3% were women.

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Uninsured People

8.5%
Uninsured
40.8%
Employer Coverage
24.7%
Medicaid
11.4%
Medicare
12.8%
Non-Group
1.77%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Safford, AZ grew by 4.96% from 8.1% to 8.5%.

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

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