Why We Live Here
Maricopa has grown tremendously but has not lost its identity or its sense of community. Rich in history, innate beauty, and friendly people, Maricopa is a fantastic place to raise a family, build a business, or just embrace the warm winter climate and watch the incredible desert sunset out in an array of bright colors across the evening sky and then gently disappear behind the rugged western mountains. Today, Maricopa continues to celebrate its cultural diversity, grow and prosper as a community and a regional economic development partner and provide the many outstanding amenities that its residents value and utilize every day. Stop in for a visit and stay for a lifetime.
- Incorporated 2003
- Area 42.8 sq. mi.
- Elevation 1190’
- County Pinal
- Website http://www.maricopa-az.gov
- Population 56,325 (2021 est.)
- Population Density 1,316 per sq. mi.
- Median Age 33
- Families with Kids Under 18 47%
- Average Household Income $84,726
- Overall Cost of Living 100
Maricopa has had three locations over the years: Maricopa Wells, Maricopaville, and Maricopa Junction.; the latter gradually became known as Maricopa. It started as an oasis around a series of watering holes eight miles north of present-day Maricopa, and about a mile west of Pima Butte. European-American traders and travelers called it Maricopa Wells. Several of Arizona’s rivers, the Gila, Santa Cruz, Vekol and Santa Rosa provided this oasis in the desert with an ample supply of water during this period of time.
During the late 1800s, Maricopa Wells was one of the most important relay stations along the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line and the later more famous Butterfield Overland Mail Route. The most prosperous period of time for Maricopa Wells was in the 1870s. During this time the trading center at the Wells provided water and food for not only the east–west travelers, but those who traveled to the north to Phoenix. Fairly good roads had been built by James A. Moore, the proprietor at Maricopa Wells, to all points north, and the Wells was a constant hubbub of activity.
Maricopaville developed south and west of the Wells, following construction of a railroad line from this terminus to Phoenix. With the railroad, Maricopaville took on the appearance of a gold rush California boom town, as men worked day and night building hotels, saloons, warehouses, restaurants, theaters, etc. One newspaper of the time reckoned that with its thousands of people and good location, Maricopaville would be an ideal choice for the location of the state capital. But the railroad never built the anticipated line from Maricopaville into Phoenix.
Maricopa was officially incorporated as a city on October 15, 2003, becoming the 88th incorporated municipality in Arizona.
Maricopa has seen enormous growth over the last two decades. Between 2000 and 2010, the city’s
population grew from 1,040 residents to 43,482, an increase of 4080%.
Maricopa is the only city in the nation bordered by two Native American communities and continues to honor and celebrate this cultural diversity and embraces the American ingenuity and pioneering spirit that has been an integral part of its community for centuries.
Major Attractions and Events
- Copper Sky Recreation Complex
- Maricopa Library and Cultural Center
- Annual Salsa Festival
- Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
- 347 Grill
- Agave’s Restaurant
- Oak & Fork
- Say Sushi
- Southern Dunes Golf Club
- The Silver Spur Grill at The Duke