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 2020 was 7.7% (up from 4.5% in 2019, due to the COVID pandemic and related economic decline). At the peak of COVID business closures, the unemployment rate in Pima County hit a high of 13.9% in April 2020, its highest level on record (with records back to 2000). Pima County’s unemployment rate of 7.7% in 2020 was lower than the statewide rate of 7.9% and the nationwide rate of 8.1%.
NONFARM PAYROLL EMPLOYMENT: Pima County lost 18,000 jobs in 2020 for annual job growth of -4.6%. The private sector declined by 14,700 jobs (-4.7%), with the loss of 800 goods-producing jobs (-1.7%) and 14,000 service jobs (-5.3%). Pima County's government sector lost 3,300 jobs (-4.2%) in 2020, with federal jobs up by 300 (+2.3%) and state and local government jobs down by 3,600 (-5.4%).
Note: Labor force, employment, unemployment, and jobs data on this site are updated annually. For the most recent monthly labor market data, visit Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity.
PERSONAL INCOME: In 2019, Pima County had a per capita personal income (PCPI) of $45,456. This PCPI ranked 3rd in the state and was 99% of the state average, $46,058, and 80% of the national average, $56,490. The 2019 PCPI reflected an increase of 3.3% from 2018. The 2018-2019 state change was 3.3% and the national change was 3.5%. In 2009, the PCPI of Pima County was $33,920 and ranked 4th in the state. The 2009-2019 compound annual growth rate of PCPI was 3.0%. The compound annual growth rate for the state was 3.3% and for the nation was 3.7%.
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 2020, Pima County's retail sales were up 3.9%. Due to the COVID pandemic, Pima County's restaurant & bar sales were down 14.3% and hotel/motel receipts were down 33% in 2020.
GROSS DOMESTIC PRODUCT: In 2019, Pima County produced $48.4 billion in current-dollar total GDP. This GDP ranked 2nd in the state and accounted for 13.1% of the state total. In 2009, the total GDP of Pima County was $33.8 billion and ranked 2nd in the state. In 2019, Pima real GDP grew 2.8%; the 2018-2019 state change was 3.1%. The 2009-2019 compound annual growth rate for Pima County real GDP was 1.7%; the compound annual growth rate for the state was 2.4%.
HOME PRICES & DAYS ON MARKET: In May 2021, the median price of homes sold in Pima County was $290,000, according to National Association of Realtors. That was up 26.1% from May 2020. The median days on market in May was 46, down from 56 in May 2020. As of June 2021, there were 5,117 homes listed for sale in Pima County (Pima County, AZ Real Estate Market).
NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION: In 2020, there were 4,242 building permits issued for new single-family homes in Pima County, up 21.5% from 2019. New home permits in 2020 were at their highest level since 2007. The average permit value in 2020 was $303,577, up 3.2% from the year prior.
In 2020, visits to state and national parks in Pima County were down due to the COVID pandemic and associated declines in travel. Visits to Catalina State Park were down 3.1%, while visits to Saguaro National Park were down 25.3% and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument visits were down 27.2%.
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.
Check out Arizona Office of Tourism for research and marketing resources for the Arizona tourism industry.
BORDER CROSSINGS: In 2020, border crossings from Mexico into the US at the Lukeville port of entry in Pima County were down across modes of transportation due to COVID. Pedestrian crossings were down 59.4% while the number of vehicle passengers was down 52.3%. Both pedestrian and vehicle passenger crossings were at their lowest level on record (with records back to 1996). At the much smaller Sasabe port of entry, also in Pima County, although pedestrian crossings were up 6.5% from 2019, vehicle passenger numbers were down 26.5% and were their lowest since 2015.
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 2020, bank deposits in Pima County (as of June 30) were up 20% from 2019 - its fastest rate of growth on record (with records back to 1994). Deposits were helped along by the first round of COVID stimulus payments, which went out beginning in April 2020.