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Pima County's population as of Census 2020 was 1,043,433, up 6.4% from 2010. Pima County's population is projected to reach 1,091,610 in 2025 and 1,277,075 in 2055, according to pre-Census 2020 projections by Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.
UNEMPLOYMENT: Pima County's unemployment rate in 2021 was 5.0% (down from 7.5% in 2020, the first year of the COVID pandemic). At the peak of COVID business closures, the unemployment rate in Pima County hit a high of 13.2% in April 2020. Pima County’s unemployment rate of 5.0% in 2021 was higher than the statewide rate of 4.9% but lower than the nationwide rate of 5.3%.
NONFARM PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT: Pima County gained 5,700 jobs in 2021 for annual job growth of 1.5%. The private sector added 7,400 jobs (2.5%), while the government sector lost 1,700 jobs (-2.2%). In the private sector, goods-producing jobs were up by 200 (0.4%) while service jobs grew by 7,200 (2.9%).
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PERSONAL INCOME: In 2020, Pima County had a per capita personal income (PCPI) of $48,373. This PCPI ranked 3rd in the state and was 97% of the state average, $49,648, and 81% of the national average, $59,510. The 2020 PCPI reflected an increase of 8.3% from 2019. The 2019-2020 state change was 8.4% and the national change was 6.2%. In 2010, the PCPI of Pima County was $34,185 and ranked 4th in the state. The 2010-2020 compound annual growth rate of PCPI was 3.5%. The compound annual growth rate for the state was 3.9% and for the nation was 3.9%.
WAGES: The average annual wage in Pima County in 2020 was $51,375 ($24.70 hourly), which was 96% of the Arizona statewide average wage of $53,396 ($25.67 hourly) and 91% of the national average wage of $56,310 ($27.07 hourly).
MAJOR INDUSTRY SALES: In 2021, Pima County's retail sales were up 16.6%. Restaurant & bar sales were up 23.8%, after a COVID-related decline of 14.3% in 2020. Pima County's hotel/motel receipts were up 35.3% in 2021 after falling 33% in 2020.
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: In 2020, Pima County produced $45,170,394 in current-dollar total GDP*. This GDP ranked 2nd in the state and accounted for 12.1% of the state total. In 2010, the total GDP of Pima County was $34,723,074 and ranked 2nd in the state. In 2020, Pima County real GDP fell 4.2%; the 2019-2020 state change was -1.0%. The 2010-2020 compound annual growth rate for Pima County real GDP was 0.7%; the compound annual growth rate for the state was 2.1%.
*GDP estimates are in thousands of dollars.
HOME PRICES & DAYS ON MARKET: In March 2022, the median price of homes sold in Pima County was $340,000, according to National Association of Realtors. That was up 19.3% from March 2021. The median days on market in March was 43, down from 46 in March 2021. As of May 2022, there were 5,189 homes listed for sale in Pima County, up from 5,117 in June 2021 (Pima County, AZ Real Estate Market).
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION: In 2021, there were 5,116 building permits issued for new single-family homes in Pima County, up 20.6% from 2020. New single-family home permits in 2021 were at their highest level since 2006. The average permit value in 2021 was $308,393, up 1.6% from the year prior.
In 2021, visits to state and national parks in Pima County mostly rebounded following COVID-related declines in 2020. Visits to Catalina State Park were up 6.1% in 2021, after falling 3.1% in 2020. Visits to Saguaro National Park were up 41.7% following a decline of 25.3% in 2020. The only exception was Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument with visits down 0.3% in 2021 on the heels of a 27.2% drop in 2020.
According to research by Dean Runyan Associates for Arizona Office of Tourism, Pima County's travel industry (including business and leisure travel) generated $1.6 billion in direct spending in 2020, down 49.2% from 2019. Pima County's travel industry supported 19,300 jobs (down 22.1%) countywide with earnings of $647.6 million (down 18.6%) in 2020, according to the study.
BORDER CROSSINGS: In 2021, pedestrian border crossings from Mexico into the US at the Lukeville port of entry in Pima County were up 68.1% after falling 59.4% in 2020 due to COVID travel restrictions. Despite the rebound, pedestrian crossings in 2021 remained at a near-record low (with 2020 crossings setting the record low, with records back to 1996). The number of vehicle passengers crossing into the US at Lukeville was up 55.4% in 2021, after a 52.3% decline in 2020 (setting a new record low that year). At the much smaller Sasabe port of entry, also in Pima County, pedestrian crossings were up 77.7% in 2021, on the heels of a 6.5% increase in 2020 (despite the COVID pandemic). Vehicle passenger numbers through Sasabe were up 21.7% in 2021 after declining 26.5% in 2020.
INTERNATIONAL TRADE: In 2020, the value of international trade (imports and exports) passing through Pima County's two land ports of entry (Lukeville and Sasabe) totaled $6.2 million, up 31.4% from 2019. Exports totaled $4.1 million (up 40.6%) while imports came in at $2.1 million (up 16.6%). The Lukeville port saw a 41.6% increase in trade volume (exports up 145.2%, imports up 16.6%), while the Sasabe port saw a 22.1% increase in trade volume (exports only).
In 2021, bank deposits in Pima County (as of June 30) were up 10% from 2020. That was on the heels of 20% growth the year prior - its fastest rate of increase on record (with records back to 1994). Deposits in 2020 and 2021 were helped along by COVID stimulus payments.