Maricopa, AZ is located in the southwestern part of Arizona. It sits in the Valley of the Gila river, which stretches from New Mexico to Phoenix. Maricopa is a part of the Pinal County and has been acknowledged as such since 2003. The city of Maricopa has grown immensely over the past 10 years. The US Census calculated a little over 1000 residents in the city, while 2010 reports from the US Census bureau in calculated over 40,000 residents. The culture that makes up the city of Maricopa is diverse, but is dominated by people of Hispanic decent, which makes up over 70 percent of the city. White Americans come in at a little over 40 percent. Native Americans are at approximately 6.6 percent, while African Americans make up about 3 percent. A mixture of other races stand at 40 percent of the population of Maricopa.
Maricopa has several means of transportation, although by way of public transportation is limited. The city includes the Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle trains that transport to and from Phoenix, while there is also a shuttle service that transports to Tempe. Maricopa's bus service runs locally and is called the MaricopaXpress. The city has two state highways including route 238 and 347. There are no interstates that travel through the city and the nearest ones to the city are interstate 10 and interstate 8, which are both approximately 15 away from the city. Because of a moderate elevation of the flat land that is Maricopa, just under 2000 feet, the land is dry and often hot. Temperatures have been reported as high as 105, while the low is still considerably warm in the 70s. However, there has been occasions where the temperature dropped into the 30s as a low. The land of the city encompasses 4 square feet of which is all land and no water.
Although the city of Maricopa is very small in land mass, it is big and rich in history and importance, since its early stages of existence. Formally known as Maricopa Wells, along with Maricopaville and Maricopa Junction, the city has had several locations throughout the state of Arizona and has played a major role in the development of the state along the way. Today, Maricopa is very quiet and reserved, yet still retains that rich history that everyone is familiar with.
Written by Lyndsey Morgan