Safford, AZ

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Population

37,700

0.456% growth

Median Age

33.1


Median Household Income

$48,173

1.58% growth

Poverty Rate

21.4%


Number of Employees

12,412

3.31% growth

Median Property Value

$123,500

1.73% growth

About

In 2017, Safford, AZ had a population of 37.7k people with a median age of 33.1 and a median household income of $48,173. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Safford, AZ grew from 37,529 to 37,700, a 0.456% increase and its median household income grew from $47,422 to $48,173, a 1.58% increase.

The population of Safford, AZ is 51.2% White Alone, 32.5% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.6% American Indian & Alaska Native Alone. 20.4% of the people in Safford, AZ speak a non-English language, and 97.4% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Safford, AZ are Eastern Arizona College (1,357 degrees awarded in 2016) and Hair Academy of Safford (27 degrees).

The median property value in Safford, AZ is $123,500, and the homeownership rate is 68%. Most people in Safford, AZ commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Safford, AZ is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Safford, AZ employs 12.4k people. The largest industries in Safford, AZ are Retail Trade (1,848 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,636 people), and Educational Services (1,490 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($72,625), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,208), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($58,929).

Median household income in Safford, AZ is $48,173. Males in Safford, AZ have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,169. The income inequality in Safford, AZ (measured using the Gini index) is 0.468, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$48,173

2017 value

± $2,637

1.58%

1 Year Growth

± 9.75%

Households in Safford, AZ have a median annual income of $48,173, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $47,422 in 2016, which represents a 1.58% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$60,619

Average Male Salary

± $1,335

$46,169

Average Female Salary

± $1,026

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

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Safford, AZ by number of full-time 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

    $59,397 ± $4,848

  2. White

    $48,861 ± $892

  3. Alaska Native

    $40,845 ± $31,991

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Safford, AZ workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.22 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 Safford, AZ is from Arizona.

0.468

2017 Wage GINI

0.467

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Arizona was 0.468 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.304% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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 Safford, 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

21.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Safford, AZ (7.09k out of 33.1k 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 Males 6 - 11.

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

    4,806 ± 453

  2. Hispanic

    2,391 ± 338

  3. Native American

    2,009 ± 207

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

12.4k

2017 Value

± 679

3.31%

1 Year growth

± 7.64%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Safford, AZ grew at a rate of 3.31%, from 12k employees to 12.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Safford, AZ, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,711 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,226 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,103 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Safford, AZ.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Safford, AZ, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,711 people), Sales & Related Occupations (1,226 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1,103 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Safford, AZ has an unusually high number of residents working as Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (2.99 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.99 times), and Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (1.89 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Safford, AZ, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($96,346), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($62,582), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,846).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

12.4k

2017 Value

± 679

3.31%

1 Year growth

± 7.64%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Safford, AZ grew at a rate of 3.31%, from 12k employees to 12.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Safford, AZ, are Retail Trade (1,848 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,636 people), and Educational Services (1,490 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Safford, AZ, by number of employees, are Retail Trade (1,848 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,636 people), and Educational Services (1,490 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Safford, AZ has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (18.9 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (3.16 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.91 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Safford, AZ, by median earnings, are Utilities ($72,625), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($63,208), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($58,929).

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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 with $20.7B and Electronics and $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

91.2% of the population of Safford, AZ has health coverage, with 44.8% on employee plans, 24.6% on Medicaid, 11.2% on Medicare, 9.35% on non-group plans, and 1.26% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Safford, 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

8.83%

Uninsured

44.8%

Employer Coverage

24.6%

Medicaid

11.2%

Medicare

9.35%

Non-Group

1.26%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Safford, AZ declined by 22.2% from 11.3% to 8.83%.

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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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

Safford, AZ is home to a population of 37.7k people, from which 97.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.83% of Safford, AZ residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Safford, AZ is composed of 19.3k White Alone residents (51.2%), 12.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (32.5%), 4.74k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (12.6%), 695 Black or African American Alone residents (1.84%), 376 Two or More Races residents (0.997%), 279 Asian Alone residents (0.74%), 59 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.156%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Safford, AZ are Spanish or Spanish Creole (5,088 speakers), Other Native North American Languages (1,389 speakers), and Navajo (170 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

32

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

38

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.2

In 2017, the median age of all people in Safford, AZ was 33.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 32, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Safford, AZ are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Safford, AZ residents was 32.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.83%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.39%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 3.83% of Safford, AZ residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Safford, AZ was 4.39%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    511,535 ± 16,887 people

  2. Canada

    42,113 ± 5,023 people

  3. India

    35,674 ± 4,625 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Safford, AZ was Mexico, the natal country of 511,535 Safford, AZ residents, followed by Canada with 42,113 and India with 35,674.

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Citizenship

97.4%

2017 Citizenship

96.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.4% of Safford, AZ residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Safford, AZ was 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    19.3k ± 26

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    12.3k ± 569

  3. American Indian & Alaska Native Alone

    4.74k ± 226

In 2017, there were 1.57 times more White Alone residents (19.3k people) in Safford, AZ than any other race or ethnicity. There were 12.3k Hispanic or Latino and 4.74k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    5,088 speakers (14.8%)

  2. Other Native North American Languages

    1,389 speakers (4.03%)

  3. Navajo

    170 speakers (0.493%)

20.4% of Safford, AZ citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Safford, AZ was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 14.8% of the overall population of Safford, AZ are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 4.03% speak Other Native North American Languages and 0.493% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    754 ± 124

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    382 ± 152

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    311 ± 99

Safford, AZ has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.97 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Safford, AZ awarded 1,384 degrees. The student population of Safford, AZ is skewed towards women, with 2,811 male students and 3,669 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Safford, AZ are White (790 and 57.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (324 and 23.7%), Black or African American (103 and 7.52%), and American Indian or Alaska Native (103 and 7.52%).

The largest universities in Safford, AZ by number of degrees awarded are Eastern Arizona College (1,357 and 98%) and Hair Academy of Safford (27 and 1.95%).

The most popular majors in Safford, AZ are Liberal Arts & Sciences (185 and 13.4%), HVAC Maintenance (177 and 12.8%), and Appliance Installation & Repair Technology (91 and 6.58%).

The median tuition costs in Safford, AZ are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Safford, AZ was HVAC Maintenance with 177 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a < 1 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Safford, AZ according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 1,357 degrees awarded

  2. 27 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Safford, AZ institution with the largest number of graduating students was Eastern Arizona College with 1,357 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

856

Degrees Awarded to Men

528

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 856 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Safford, AZ, which is 1.62 times more than the 528 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

    790 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    324 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    103 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Safford, AZ were to White students. These 790 degrees mean that there were 2.44 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 324 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Safford, AZ was $123,500 in 2017, which is 0.568 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $121,400 to $123,500, a 1.73% increase. The homeownership rate in Safford, AZ is 68%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Safford, AZ have an average commute time of 20.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Safford, AZ is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$48,173

Median Household Income

± $2,637

11k

Number of Households

± 612

In 2017, the median household income of the 11k households in Safford, AZ grew to $48,173 from the previous year's value of $47,422.

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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Housing

Property Value

$123,500

2017 Median

± $6,562

$121,400

2016 Median

± $7,213

In 2017, the median property value in Safford, AZ grew to to $123,500 from the previous year's value of $121,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Safford, 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 Safford, AZ the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Safford, AZ 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.

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Rent vs Own

68%

2017 Homeownership

69.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68% of the housing units in Safford, AZ were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Safford, 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 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, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

20.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Safford, AZ have a shorter commute time (20.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.01% of the workforce in Safford, AZ have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    76.8%

  2. Carpooled

    15.1%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.34%

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

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