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Maricopa County is accountable to its residents by communicating what it does or does not achieve. The Maricopa County Annual Report of Community Indicators is intended to demonstrate the impact that Maricopa County’s activities has had on the community by reporting objective measurements that reflect tangible results of its programs and show how the community is doing. They reveal whether key community attributes are going up or down; forward or backward; getting better or worse, or staying the same.

The indicators selected for inclusion represent broad interests and trends in Maricopa County, are comparable to indicator efforts in similar communities throughout the nation, and generally, correspond to the County’s Strategic Priorities. While many of the indicators are not completely within the control of County government, decisions made by County leadership influence the measures and contribute to the quality of life in Maricopa County.

Much of the information found in the report is from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS). ACS provides estimates of demographic, social, economic and housing statistics based on data gathered from around the country. Other data come from national sources such as the Uniform Crime Reports, a database of city, county, and state law enforcement data, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the Healthy People 2010 initiative to collect data critical to monitoring the overall health of the nation. Additional sources include County departments responsible for tracking the information as part of their family of performance measures. Many of the measures have been certified by the Internal Audit Department under the Performance Measurement Certification program. The most recent information available is used throughout the report.

To evaluate its performance, Maricopa County benchmarks itself against its past performance and against other similarly situated counties, all in the western United States. The benchmark counties were selected based on similarities in areas of population/demographics, growth/economic development, and size/geography. The nine counties are:
  • Clark County, Nevada
  • Harris County, Texas
  • King County, Washington
  • Los Angeles County, California
  • Multnomah County, Oregon
  • Orange County, California
  • Salt Lake County, Utah
  • San Diego County, California
  • Santa Clara County, California
Certain items such as property taxes could not be benchmarked with these communities as statutes vary from state to state. In those cases, Maricopa County used other Arizona counties as its benchmark.

If, after reviewing the Maricopa County Annual Report of Community Indicators, you have any questions or comments, please contact the Office of Management and Budget at 602-506-7280.

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