Business & Industry

Maricopa’s economy is thriving, in large measure because the community is a great place to live. This also means that Maricopa is a great place in which to locate, expand or grow a business. Increasingly, Maricopa’s economic base is diversifying as the community moves from being a ‘start-up’ city to one that is maturing rapidly into a well-rounded place in which to live, do business and work.

Maricopa’s thriving economy not only helps grow the tax base, but also means that it’s a great place to attract and retain first-rate talent. And the economy’s increasing diversification means that more and more highly educated professional workers and entrepreneurs are establishing their careers and enterprises in Maricopa.

Top Industries for Employment

The economy of Maricopa, AZ employs about 25,217 people. The largest industries in Maricopa, AZ are Services (43.0%); Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (10.8%); Retail Trade (10.1%); Manufacturing (9.8%); Transportation and Utilities (8.2%); Construction (7.0%); and Public Administration (5.9%).

(Source: ESRI, Estimates July 2021)

Major Employers in Maricopa, Arizona


Business Name


1 Harrah’s Ak-Chin Hotel & Casino 800
2 Maricopa Unified School District 20 670
3 City of Maricopa 400
4 Walmart 250
5 Pinal County 200
6 Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. 150
7 Ak-Chin Indian Community 120
8 Stanfield Elementary School District 24 120
9 Fry’s Food Stores 110
10 Sequoia Pathway Academy 100
11 McDonalds 90
12 Ak-Chin Circle Entertainment Center 90
13 Legacy Traditional School 80
14 Native Grill and Wings 80
15 Bashas 70

(Source: Arizona COG/MPO Employer Database, 2019/2020)

Key Economic Sectors

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Information Technology & IoT

Maricopa is particularly well-suited to support Arizona’s burgeoning IT industry. Sixty-two percent of the city’s labor force are employed in professional jobs, including business operations, finance and IT.

Agribusiness & Agriculture Technology

Maricopa is home to several agricultural and dairy operations, and also two leading research institutions, both of which are conducting cutting-edge research in the agricultural sciences, water conservation and management, and food safety and production.

Autonomous Mobility


The State of Arizona is home to a highly concentrated and growing automotive and engineering industry and Maricopa has a ready workforce of professionals that directly supports the autonomous mobility industry.

Healthcare & MedTech


Maricopa is committed to building a healthcare community that can service the growing needs of its many young families and expanding retiree population.

Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing


Arizona’s diverse economy enables advanced manufacturers to thrive, scaling new technologies and products.  Companies in aerospace and aviation, space technology and exploration, electric vehicle manufacturing, semiconductors, food processing and other sectors have grown exponentially here.