The information on Southern Arizona Indicators is presented at the county level. For instance, in 2006-2010, there were slightly more males than there are females in Cochise County (65,503 males compared to 63,557 females). However, you might want to know how your individual community compares. In the cities of Benson and Sierra Vista, the gender ratio is fairly balanced whereas in the cities of Bisbee and Douglas, there are more males than females. To find this community-level information, you need to open the data file for the indicator. In this case, go to the demographics tab and click on gender ratio from the menu on the left-hand side of the page. When the indicator comes up, click on the data tab and open the file. If you navigate to the page called GenderByAgeSubcounty, you will find information for many communities in Southern Arizona.
The University of Arizona's Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) is conducting a research project on climate and poverty in U.S. Southwest. This region, which includes Arizona, is extremely vulnerable to the negative impacts of climate change and the poor are often more vulnerable to these impacts. Funded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the project will examine the relationship between current climate variability and particular populations (e.g., the elderly, populations who work outdoors, low-income neighborhoods, college students). It will also explore how the projected impacts of climate change might exacerbate many of the challenges facing these populations over the next decade. The project’s goal is to work with stakeholder organizations to understand the linkage between poverty and climate in the southwestern U.S. and eventually propose appropriate adaptive strategies. Click here to read the results of the stakeholder workshop in Tucson.
Arizona’s economy is growing again. On the jobs front, Arizona was virtually tied for eighth place among the 50 states in 2011. The state’s 1.6% increase places it just behind California (1.9%) and Texas (2%). Among Southern Arizona’s metros, Tucson grew nearly 1% while Yuma lost 1.8%; the Phoenix metro added 1.7% over the year. Stable economics has begun to reverse the decline in real estate prices that has plagued the state since 2007. Standard & Poor’s Case Shiller Index reports that Phoenix metro prices finally began edging up during the last half of 2011, up 1.4% during the fourth quarter alone despite continued losses nationally. (NOTE: Job figures reported here come from the monthly Current Employment Statistics series, which is subject to revision. Southern Arizona Indicators typically reports the less timely, but more reliable annual series from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.)
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Community Survey Results
In early 2012, the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona and United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona distributed a survey that reached nearly 1,000 residents across Southern Arizona. The principal purpose of the survey was to inform the development of this new community resource, Southern Arizona Indicators. The results of the survey showed a surprising degree of consensus from community members: they like living here, love the climate and lifestyle, but worry about jobs, K-12 education, and poverty (for complete survey results, see this website: http://www.southernazindicators.org/). The survey results are informative but not predictive of the population as it was not based on a random sample. Southern Arizona Indicators presents objective data and analysis on these key issues in a way that is relevant, reliable and easy to understand.
Check out Population Basics, an interactive tool that allows you to explore demographic data about Arizona, our 15 counties, and metro Phoenix and Tucson. If you prefer raw data, explore the demographics section of our Google Spreadsheets collection:
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Find additional indicator-related publications in the Arizona Indicators publications library.