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Half of Arizona's population resides here in Maricopa County, which includes Phoenix, Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale and Tempe, and many other smaller communities. The county is now the fourth most populous in the nation, having experienced a 14 per cent population surge from 2000-2004 to 3.3 million. Continued growth has put Phoenix and Maricopa County into the national spotlight, giving the region influence and economic clout not traditionally seen in the southwest. Maricopa County has long been a leader in the high-tech sector, but now its expertise and research capacity is backed up by the relocation of powerful finance firms to the area.
The secret behind Maricopa County's success story may have as much to do with diversity as it does the area's attractive desert climate and beautiful natural setting. Maricopa County supports many different industries, from mining to hand crafts, with technology jobs including computer manufacturing, biotech, and consumer electronics.
Tourism has also been traditionally strong here. People come to Phoenix to experience America's hottest city, where temperatures don't drop below 80 degrees during summer months, and golf games amid breathtaking desert rock formations are never rained out.
In terms of real estate, Maricopa County has earned its reputation as a solid investment. Steady growth here has added confidence to the urgency that pervades any hot market, enabling buyers and sellers to gauge where their investments will be in a year more effectively than in less established regions.
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