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Why Choose Pinal County
Pinal County, formed in February 1875, comprises 5,376 square miles. Nestled between Maricopa County (Phoenix) and Pima County (Tucson), Pinal County is home to over 439,128 residents. The county has two distinct regions: the eastern mountainous area (copper mining and tourism) and the western lower valley desert area (manufacturing, distribution, and agriculture).
Located in the very heart of the Sunday Corridor, Pinal County has a very diverse economy. Since the county's inception 135 years ago, copper mining has been and remains a county economic mainstay, over the many years creating thousands of great paying jobs and billions of dollars in tax revenue to the state, county, and local economies. Another major economic engine is agriculture. The central to the western area of the county is home to hundreds of family, corporate and university-based farms supporting various types of agricultural products including Pima cotton, hay, sorghum, millet, corn, sheep, dairy, and feeder cattle, and several varieties of fruits and vegetables.
Manufacturing and major distribution firms are centered along Pinal County's main traffic corridors of Interstate 10 (California to Florida), Interstate 8 (Pinal County to San Diego), and U.S. Route 60. Transportation corridors in the county also include the Union Pacific Sunset Line (Long Beach to El Paso) and Copper Basin railroads. Pinal County has a great opportunity to create a major multi-modal warehouse / distribution network along with opportunities for the location of national and global rail-served manufacturing concerns.
The County is centrally located and within a reasonable drive of significant commercial air service. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is within minutes of most of Pinal County, while Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is located near the northeastern boundary with Maricopa County. Tucson International Airport also provides an option for many Pinal County residents and is within approximately a one-hour drive. Several general aviation airports are located in the county including Pinal Airpark, in the southern portion of the county, which is home to Evergreen Air Center, one of the world's largest airplane storage and heavy maintenance facilities for commercial jets.
Several national, state, and county parks and recreation areas are located in the county ranging from the Casa Grande Ruins National Park in Coolidge to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park near Superior, the Town of Florence Historical District, and McFarland State Historic Park, both located in Florence, Picacho Peak State Park near Red Rock, the Lost Dutchman State Park in Apache Junction and Oracle State Park near Oracle. Water sports and fishing are available at San Carlos lake, located in the northeast area of the county above the Gila River on the San Carlos Indian Reservation. Thousands of people from around the world come to Pinal County to visit these and other parks and recreation areas and to take advantage of the moderate, year-round weather.
The County has opportunities in its traditional industries like agriculture and mining but is also seeing strong growth in emerging manufacturing and technology sectors such as aerospace and aviation, electric vehicles and batteries, biotechnology, renewable / green technologies (solar and wind), and the supply chains related to semiconductors and building materials. The County's robust recreational, cultural, and tourism opportunities, lend themselves to the continued creation of a diverse economy and high-wage job opportunities as well as a very high-level quality of life.
These factors along with a "pro-business" atmosphere that has been developed and implemented by Pinal County and the local community governments, the availability of and affordability of land, availability of water resources, an excellent transportation system, and power grid, and a skilled, trained and available workforce, all create a multitude of opportunities. A County where you want to live, work and play. Welcome to Pinal County!
"Pinal County - Wide Open Opportunities"