Maricopa County's Population Turnover Rates Among Highest in the Nation

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Arizona, and specifically Maricopa County, have some of the highest population turnover rates in the country, according to a study released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The American Community Survey shows how many U.S. residents moved from one county to another during the course of a year by collecting data from 2007-2011. The survey shows that people from 957 counties across the country moved to Maricopa County, more than any other county in the nation. But not everyone who lives in Maricopa County stays: It lost movers to 1,190 counties, which is also the largest number of any county.

Keep in mind that the survey isn't saying the highest number of people moved in and out of Maricopa County; just that people from the most amount of counties. So although large numbers of movers are trafficking in and out of Maricopa County, they are coming from and leaving to counties all over the nation.

Apparently, this isn't that unusual. Valley economist Elliott D. Pollack, CEO of Elliott D. Pollack & Company, says the trend is fairly standard for Maricopa.

"A lot of people are still moving here. They can't get situated, so they move out," Pollack says. "The only thing that surprises me is that there aren't other counties in similar situations, which shows how poor population growth is in other parts of the country."

Most Maricopa County movers came from or moved to Pinal County, and almost 20,000 people moved from Maricopa to Pinal. This follows the nationwide pattern according to the survey: Those who moved usually moved to a neighboring county.

Pima County and Los Angeles County also saw high numbers of traffic both to and from Maricopa County.

Although Maricopa County seems to appeal to people across the United States, the survey shows more people are moving to the southwest in general. Parts of Florida and Colorado also showed substantial population growth.

U.S. Census Bureau

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TommyCollins topcommenter

It may have to do with the political environment of Maricopa County. Sane folks move here and then get a real taste of Mrs. Brewer and her band of miscreants. Soon those sane folks are looking at ways to get the hell out of here and go live someplace where people treat other people as humans.

There will be another 'raid' this week by MCSO. Just for media attention.

Nuff said.

valleynative topcommenter

As the article points out, this isn't saying that more people move into and out of Maricopa than any other county, simply that those who come here come from more different counties, and those who leave go to more different counties.

Some factors that might influence that, off the top of my head:

Out of state students coming to, and later graduating (or dropping out) from, ASU.

Technical contract workers moving in and out as contracts expire.

Retirees moving in from all over the country.

Retirees moving back to live with children after a spouse passes.

Unskilled workers and retirees drawn from all over during the winter for our low cost of living and leaving after their first summer.

Flyer9753 topcommenter

No big surprise here... people come for our great state and all the sun/great weather we have....

And leave once they learn that our state/county legislatures and law enforcement are whacko religious hypocrites

Brewer, Arpaio, Studboi, Horne... the list goes on and on...

The sad part is that these idiots are not smart enough to realize just how much they are hurting our state.. or they just don't care

TommyCollins topcommenter

@Flyer9753 They neither care or are smart enough to realize it. For instance, Mrs. Brewer refuses to issue driver licenses to those who get temporary legal status. This would allow them to drive, legally, and own a car and pay insurance to go to a J.O.B. where they would pay into the state and federal income tax system. This is called REVENUE, Mrs. Brewer. Damn, she is one stupid twit.

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